cyrilvamp said: Just so you know you're a flawless creature and I love you and all of your artwork. I've just dropped out of art school, it really took all of my passion out of me. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can get my groove back?
My advice for losing passion or drive is kinda different than most my friends so take that with a grain of salt, but I can only say what’s worked for me: Make yourself work. Doesn’t matter what you’re working on, don’t let yourself sit around not doing anything. You don’t have to take on, like, your opus or anything… but you need to be doing something with your art. You need to make a project, and hold yourself accountable for finishing it. Even if it looks like trash or its a failed experiment, its okay to make bad stuff. You learn from making bad stuff. Just keep your hands busy, keep your brain busy.
If I waited for when I felt my “groove” or had passion for it, I’d probably be out of a job because there was a 3 month period not long ago when I was burnt out and tired of drawing/writing, but I had to cuz its my job. I did good work I was proud of, regardless of being in my groove. I just had to find a motivation that wasn’t passion for those 3 months… which turned out to be “fear of not getting paid” and “refusing to drop quality.”
I am not of the opinion people should only work when they feel inspired. Sometimes, you just have to do it. You have to sit down and work. You have to find a reason to keep going at it during the times when the passion isn’t there, cuz the passion will not always be there.
like I said, take my advise with a grain of salt. This is what’s worked for me and how I function.
This is very good advice.
This advice resounds with me, too. There is a quote from Nick Cave that I really like on this topic: “I go into my office every day that I’m in Brighton and work. Whether I feel like it or not is irrelevant. Inspiration is nice, but if you only work when it strikes, you’re going to be an unhappy artist. This is especially true if you want to earn a living at it; you don’t hear about surgeons getting “surgeon’s block” or garbage men getting “garbage men’s block.” There are assuredly days when the surgeon doesn’t want to be removing gall-bladders, but she does it anyway, because that’s her job.”
(I do also totally echo that the advice isn’t for everybody. Everyone works different ways, so far as creating stuff goes. I think this is pretty solid, though.)
He's learning so fast sometimes I forget what internet-style text speech my dad doesn't get, but like I said, he picks up fast.
- Me: You have to follow Gerad on his boat. Did you stow away?
- Dad: Narp. What do u know about sea turtles?
- Me: kisjvks are you unable to sneak on his boat?
- Dad: What is kisjvks?
- Me: It is a mashing of letters to signify amusement.
- Dad: Oh. 8chpnja
Someone asked me for 30 Day Summer Challenge so here it is:
- Carnival/Cotton candy
- Dog days
- Mosquito bites
- Summer fruit
- Heat wave
- Long walks
- Lemonade/Iced tea
- Picnic/Garden party
- Air conditioning
- Watering the garden/Sprinklers
I won’t manage to do all of them but we came up with this little challenge and m-s-b is working on writing her stories for it. thought i’d share :D
Damn, I want to do this but I already have two memes in progress, pool party stuff and Y’KNOW COMICS AND SUCH to work on. D: Sharing in case anyone might use it or I cave in and decide to add this to my to-do list…
Maybe I could do it as a meme? Like, requests? Dunno.
I know lots of you who follow me loooooooove art memes. This one is super duper cute. You should reblog and give it a try if this is your kinda thing!
Or perhaps you could do what I’m gonna do with it, which is say if you want to send me a number with one (or more, when applicable) of my characters, why don’t you send me an ask? (I can’t guarantee that I’ll get to any of them, so really sorry if this just doesn’t occur, but I’d try ANYTHING to kick start my art-for-fun drive, again!)
Props to OP on a really nice 30 day challenge/prompt. c:
Something very important for you to know, this morning:
The way my cat insists on positioning herself to lay in my lap.