Work: Day 320

Horizon by Robert Chapman

Hey there. A few days ago (maybe it was a week ago actually) I got a newsletter from Crystal Moody about how being creative and making things is oftentimes hard work. Yesterday, I mentioned how my favorite part about creating art is the discovery aspect of creating my art. Once that first bit of discovery is out of the way, it’s time to get to work. You already know what you have to do, and you know it’s going to take you oh so many hours to finish it, you just have to get to it and work.

When I read her newsletter the other day, it was exactly what I needed to hear at the time. Art isn’t supposed to be consistently fun. Art is work. I don’t mean to take what she wrote and regurgitate it here, but creating things like what I’ve been working on for the last few days, has indeed felt like work more often than not. Since I’m recreating something that inspired me, all the building blocks are already there. I’m not exactly coming up with my own creative ideas with this one.

I’m improvising as I go along mind you. Because it literally is impossible to exactly recreate something another artist has already made in it’s entirety (and who wants to do that anyways?). So, for those weeds at the bottom, or the hair on the woman’s head, I had to improvise and kind of make it up as I went along. It’s made me realize that if I did create my own unique scene like this one, I think I am actually currently capable of pulling off something of pretty high quality. Looking at those plants, and that hair, and much of the bird mech thing actually, I created most of it, just willy nilly. Zoom out and… BAM! looks pretty awesome.

I think once I’m finished with this year long project, it will be quite refreshing to not be required to draw, write, and post every single day. Though I will continue to stay very active, those restrictions won’t be in place anymore. When I’m too tired to draw or want to take a break, I’ll be able to do that and not feel guilty. Well, it’s not even that, I just don’t want to miss a day. I want to feel good about myself that I completed an entire 365 days of drawing, writing, posting, and sharing without missing a single day.

I’m just thinking about this for the first time right now, but I hope that when I complete my project, I’ve actually inspired someone. There are so many people that have inspired and motivated me to actually get started on this project, and to actually become an artist. I would like others to feel a sense of inspiration after hearing or reading about my project. I want everyone to set goals for themselves, and simply achieve them.

You just do it by doing it. I realize everyone’s different in their own way, but if you want something badly enough, you should be able to just make your plans and do it. Sure, things that might be out of your control could deter you from achieving your goals in exactly the way you intended (I’ve been lucky so far that nothing has come up to outright stop me), but even those things shouldn’t be able to stop you completely. You just alter your path a little bit.

Anyways, I’m feeling like I’m starting to ramble. Today was one of those days where I’ve been busy and very tired. Today, drawing felt like work. Right now, I think my mind is falling asleep and I tend to ramble when that happens. So, let’s leave it at that! Thanks for checking this out. Like, share… any of that absolutely helps out a great deal. I don’t get many visitors, even after a year of doing this. But I do have some friends and family that are always keeping me plenty motivated. Thank you!


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