Uh Fack, part1: Improving, angst and frustration.P
rogress. A thing we all want, right? Some more than others perhaps, but I think I can safely say that it's the one thing all artists want; to be a better artist.
In the past few years I've been struggling with this topic a lot. I ran into one of those phases in which I learned a lot of what I was doing wrong, but didn't manage to work on any solutions for these problems. I felt like going backwards, and I grew increasingly frustrated with my own art. I'm progressing, but hardly as much as I aspire to - while I do spend most of my waking hours drawing.
Sure, a bunch of my comic work allows me to study and practice - but it's a very narrow and same-y kind of study- and there isn't really room for mistakes or experiment because of time constrains.
So, this is what I found to be a super effective 4 steps plan to become an unhappy and frustrated artist:
Be a perfectionist. Preferably with high ambitions. (actually, just step 1 would get you a long way with be
Uh Fack 2: What makes you unhappy as an artist?W
elcome back, and hi to all the fresh meat!
This is a blog series aimed at helping artists (including myself) who struggle with negative thought patterns in their art: lack of self confidence, hating your own work, feeling frustrated or discouraged, you name it.
I've officially dubbed the series "Uh Fack", since the acronym for the Unhappy and frustrated Artists club sounds like that. Not the most elegant of names, but then I realized that it is suiting the subject .
So here's the scoop. No more long and general introductions, this was the last one- (it's ok you can cheer, I've no feelings ). I think I've said enough about my motivations for writing these in the first two journals.
From here on I'm just going to address mental roadblock's from the list below, one at the time. And whenever possible I'll combine them with something more active like critique rounds, compliment rounds (!XD) and perhaps a hangout or chat or what not.
List of Art frustrations, in n
Ok, let me elaborate, and keep in mind, this is only my opinion, I could be wrong, but this is what have been working for me until now.
The thing about thinking too much (not only in art, but in life too) is that it can easily drives you to depression or conflict. All the insecurities start to float around you, and become overwhelming. Because, as you well put it, perfection is impossible to reach, and there will be always someone better than you.
You have to give just a thought, so you can develop a plan. But not staying on the thinking part. Better put, don’t allow the thinking to put
The plan is so you can have a map of where you are heading, and can concentrate on the way once you start running. And no began to wonder where you are and what are you going to do in the middle of the road, so latter, you’ll end up in a corner of the woods, crying on a fetal position.
In my opinion, the way to fix that mindset, is to stop thinking and start making little goals as you go on the way. In that way, you will be felling more motivated every time you reach a new goal. That is better to aspire to something gigantic from the scratch, in that case the pressure would be unbearable.
Another thing, being depressed comes with being an artist. Artists are unsecure all the time. And again, not only with their art.