I'm an artist struggling with dermatillomania, AMA!

Derin Karabulut
Sep 12, 2018

Hi there.

First off, a bit about me. My name's Derin, I go by Glamraneth online and I'm an artist. I've been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil, but I decided to make a turn my passion into my profession when I was 13. Some say it's a little too young to be thinking about careers at that age but hey, that's me.

Now that that's out of the way, let's talk about dermatillomania. What it is, and how it affects me.

Of course, dermatillomania isn't the only thing that makes me "me" but I wanted to shine some light on it since it's not talked about that often. 

Dermatillomania, also known as excoriation disorder, or compulsive skin picking, is a psychological condition that manifests in the form of repetitive touching, scratching, picking, and digging at one’s own skin. I'm destroying myself basically.

Dermatillomania affected me in a lot of different ways, positive and negative. I was ashamed of it, got angry when people gave me strange looks or asked me whether I had a contagious disease or not.

Now, this would be the part that I tell you that I, after 5+ years of battling with dermatillomania, have now completely accepted it and love myself 100%. But if I told you that, I would be lying to you. I am slowly accepting it and reaching out for help, which requires me to look at dermatillomania in a different light, and that change of perspective turned dermatillomania into a huge source of inspiration for me. 

Other than dermatillomania emotions and experiences inspire me a lot as well, whether they're my own or of others.

Thank you all for reading and don't hesitate to ask me anything! Have a good one. 

Links to all my social media and to my commission information can be found on https://linktr.ee/glamraneth

For business inquiries, email me at glamraneth@outlook.com

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Which current artistic trends are you interested in or following?
Sep 14, 10:20AM EDT0
How did you decide to use art as therapy? How did you begin your art career?
Sep 14, 4:43AM EDT0
What is your definition of great artistry?
Sep 14, 1:41AM EDT0
How do you differentiate your artwork from the rest? In other words, what do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?
Sep 13, 7:18PM EDT0
What do you consider the most common misconception people have about skin picking?
Sep 13, 5:47PM EDT0
What’s next on your artistic plate? Any new projects brewing that you can talk about?
Sep 13, 8:08AM EDT0
Is dermatillomania classified as an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? What are the reasons for this?
Sep 13, 7:45AM EDT0
Where would you like to see yourself as an artist by this time next year?
Sep 13, 5:57AM EDT0
What is your favourite piece of art to see and why? Where can people find it?
Sep 13, 2:43AM EDT0
What would you say now to a person suffering from skin picking, someone who is completely in a state of despair about their situation?
Sep 12, 10:05PM EDT0
What are the most valued tools in your studio, and why is it so essential to you?
Sep 12, 7:11PM EDT0
Would you rather give a description for your art or leave it up to interpretation? Why?
Sep 11, 3:52PM EDT0

I prefer leaving it up to interpretation, it's really interesting to hear other people's thought on them. But if they ask me what I wanted to convey I do give them a short description.

Sep 12, 11:49AM EDT0
What coping strategy have you come up with to deal with your dermatillomania?
Sep 11, 11:20AM EDT0

I try to avoid the things that would trigger my skin picking, and I tell other people around me to stop me if I start picking. Other than that the anti-depressants I take helped me a lot.

Sep 12, 12:09PM EDT0
What makes art fun for you?
Sep 11, 4:51AM EDT0

Seeing the whole thing come together and just the whole process of painting makes art really fun for me. 

Sep 12, 11:58AM EDT0
If you had to pick, what's your top 3 best pieces of work? Why do you think so?
Sep 11, 2:28AM EDT0

It's really hard to choose. I'd say these 3, they all hold a special place in my heart. 

Sep 12, 12:07PM EDT0
How did you come to the decision to turn your passion into a career at 13? Did your family support your decision?
Sep 10, 12:13PM EDT0

I didn't want to work at a job I hated, I'd rather make a living off of doing what I loved. My family is very supportive of my decision thankfully.

Sep 12, 12:05PM EDT0
Where do you believe you got your talent for art from? When did you realize you had talent?
Sep 9, 7:36PM EDT0

I don't really think "talent" exists. Anyone can become an artist.

Sep 12, 12:14PM EDT0
What goals do you want to reach as an artist?
Sep 8, 12:55PM EDT0

I want to increase my technical knowledge, I want to be better at anatomy, perspective, composition etc. And I want to be at a point where I can paint what I want without being afraid of scaring people away haha.

Sep 12, 12:16PM EDT0
What are your favorite art tools to use to create your art?
Sep 8, 6:22AM EDT0

I like experimenting with a lot of different mediums but watercolors, oil paints, and digital tools are my favorites.

Sep 12, 11:46AM EDT0
When creating a piece of art at what point do you realize it is finished? How do you make sure you have all the details in the piece that it needs?
Sep 8, 2:35AM EDT0

For me, it depends on the piece and my mood. Sometimes I incorporate a lot of detail and spend 10+ hours on a painting, and other times I want the piece to look more painterly.

Sep 12, 11:45AM EDT0
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