So a common trend I see on Tumblr and elsewhere is artists complaining about how they feel like they’re stuck in a rut, unable to make progress, or turn their passion into a career, and I think it’s worth writing a bit about.
Note that this following post applies to all professions of art,…
Edit : Agh, line breaks didn’t go through
Indeed it’s quite a lie, just because the product may be meant for fun and a display of creativity, it still requires hard work and diligence to get through many of the blockades in continuing through it. That’s not to say of course that ya can still take it optimistically, and be happy about the work you’re doing.
It ain’t just us creative people but pretty much everyone has these moments - actually, a lot of jobs use creativity in fact, it’s just more subtle for other jobs.
In addition, these plateaus are generally just mental blockages set up by yourself. Once you start to get on a roll through, ya tend to start thinking more about your own work and the progress you’ve made, questioning just ‘really’ how far you’re going, assuming it’s the same old, wondering why you’re not progressing - - - Some experience received may be subtle, or maybe it’s noticeable yet a lot of times we don’t see it as such right away. Other times it’s because you’re not trying, and just assuming it’d come to you easily if you just wait around.
Past these plateaus are in fact more slopes at which we can instantly climb,it’s simply a matter of being able to push forward until we reached it instead of doing nothing at all - in fact even a simple doodle is helping to contribute progress, it only really stops when you stop.
For me I feel as if I’ve reached like, 3 plateaus and I’m most likely heading for my 4th one in a bit. It’s similar to how heat changes the state of things, only this time with potentially an infinite amount of plateaus and easy slopes. Heat (experience) is still accumulated during plateaus, so one shouldn’t be so discouraged if nothing is happening, but rather happy to know that a big change is incoming, given time.
Discipline is a reward - because it’ll help ya towards your next moment of motivation and the next level of your own drawings whether to everyone or simply just yourself.
To treat more as a work rather than a hobby is indeed a good way to approach it - as fun as it may seem to keep things as a hobby while still motivated to trudge forward, it’s usually rare for a person to achieve this mindset. Besides, diligently moving forward as well can help you find great ideas, techniques and opportunities.
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