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Just Wanted You To Know by AnimatedJames Just Wanted You To Know by AnimatedJames
I'm not giving up on anything. Despite all of this, I'm gonna keep trying. The only obstacle seems to be my own perfectionism. I'll probably keep trying to flesh out thawts and even creative types more despite wanting to move on to something else. The vicious cycle will just keep continuing. Either way, I'm glad I shared this with you guys. But if I move on to something new, don't be surprised.
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J2011 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017
I hope you succeed in that pitching your show to networks bit.
NeilCPettway Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
I can relate to what you're saying. Right now, I'm thinking of several ideas I want to make into fruition, but of course I've never got any of them completed. I haven't given up on them, but i can't seem to imagine muself actually finishing it.
Raven913 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I totally understand this feeling. I've jumped between story ideas, comic ideas, etc. since middle school. It's taken me over a decade of developing self-discipline (and the introduction of ADHD meds) to get myself to focus on something for more than a few chapters. Even now, I have to get my family and friends to nag me, just to keep myself focused on my novel. I guess I'm lucky that I'm the type of person who can be effectively motivated by deadlines.

So James, even if most people "rarely want to hear" these thoughts, I really appreciate that you share them. It's good to know that I'm not alone.
Kjm74 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
So, you're not going to continue this series?
SomebodyUDoNotKnow Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm listening to Creative types right now. I love it. I've listened to it like 100 times. I might have a problem. Thanks for that, dude.
Sgteaton Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016
Glad to hear, man. I hope you can keep the laughs rolling for all the blood, sweat and tears you put in.
ArcanePhotographer Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016
Know the feeling mate, but at least you got to show off your stuff to the world, where as I am too afraid to even do anything outside from concepts I keep to myself as fearing of never doing anything good with them or making it all worth while.
ShadowDancerBrony Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016
We all move on, and unfortunately sometimes that means leaving what we've out grown behind.
Invader-Wak Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016
funny, those last lines are my inverse issue. Know what I want to create but seemingly have inability to get it out. Go figure XD
catopus Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016
funny how you talk about what you don't know how to create without even realizing you are creating by doing that very action...
TrickTheRogue Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this post, because I can relate to this and I'm bad at putting feelings into words.
Animus43art Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Although I'm late to comment on this, I just wanted to let you know it's normal to feel like you could do better. I've done my best on a lot of things, and I always thought I could do a bit better. I do hope that you keep trying and don't give up on your animations, and that you someday find a series that feels right for you. Keep it up, James. You've got this, dude.
9oritz Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016
You have been improving and are turning out some great work. If you keep improving at this rate you'll go far.
Exomanicman Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm only thirteen and not a good artist, but when I see your animations I know that I want to animate, despite no training, I have a big, BIG imagination, but no skill to go with it...
rythiian Featured By Owner Edited Jun 6, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
tbh i relate to this extremely--especially the "my zkcd or my eddsworld" bit. I know I'm just one single person and my opinion doesn't matter that much in the grand scheme of things, but personally I enjoy all of your series' regardless of how long they go on. I still find myself going back to watch C-students and other series' you have made, even though they were discontinued, and I do not wish for you to strain yourself to continue these things that you are no longer motivated to do.

I'm only 16 but I have gained HEAPS of advice from other artists and animators about stories and creativity. The most important thing you have to remember is that behind every masterpiece is HUNDREDS of unfinished and scrapped ideas--and the only way to get through those failures is to do them so you can move on to the next. It's one big queue. 

Never be afraid to scrap something to move on to something that you see is better--that is how we improve. One day an idea will come to you that you will be satisfied with--you just have to keep acting on your ideas until you can find it! I have been trying to start on this one story that i've wanted to tell for YEARS. Many times I've made comic pages but decided I didn't like them and scrapped the idea to try again. My fans have been very patient with me and through this process my story has been steadily improving, and one day I will be happy enough to begin. The same goes for you, friend. 

If you are having trouble inventing new ideas, I suggest you mix it up a bit! I noticed most of your stories in the past have been "slice-of-life" material, maybe if you swapped up the prompts and did something outside of your comfort zone, you could open a whole new plane of ideas to explore. Maybe you could do a slice-of-life with an underlying factor of sci-fi or fantasy. Maybe it could seem like one of your other shows at first, then take up a sudden twist of genre. 

Hope this helped, good luck to you!
darkuniverse21 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016
Tbh I loved middle Ground
AkiJ64 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Funny I use to have the same problem until I came up with a story based on my interest, art and history. I've been working and developing my own characters ever since. Man, I hope this advice helps.
mitchellc910 Featured By Owner May 28, 2016
hey I'm new and have been a new fan of yours for about a couple of weeks and I have to say you are a great artist and animator. So keep up the great work. 
MamaWeegieSwag Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Student Artist
wait CT?
DarkWolf1333 Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Hmm. I have this issue as well sometimes. Just go ahead and experiment. If you don't feel like sticking to one thing, maybe just do something new each time. I love all the content you create, and I'm sure others do as well. You could create a series of one-shots, with whatever comes to mind.

One of the techniques that I've learned for getting my creative juices flowing is to just try and draw something each day. I'm sure this is something you already do, but try drawing something new, or redesigning something you've done before. If commissions help as well, than go ahead and keep on doing them.
HighPoweredArt Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SandyDandygUrl Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just go with what you have in your creative mind
SplitNToo Featured By Owner May 18, 2016
I have a(n)...(idea? {naw too simple}; suggestion? {nobody cares what you think}) Man this is will be old news.

Let me rephrase. If you want to keep expanding your own creativity and try to make something of this list that you've described then you can always view and study others to see how they've gone through their creative processes. {Or in my term; watching others and obtaining some thoughts on how they react to use as references.} Because you have the relations down {as checked off in his list} and the LOL factor is no joke {usually always funny}. The meaningfulness is just a simple heart to heart with whomever you feel comfortable with [like what your doing with your friends sooo you'll be hitting that too]. Good luck with that network pitching.
foulshot Featured By Owner May 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I just want you to know, even though this might not happen, I really liked c students and wish you would make more!
KALETHA-EBON Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Man james,
No matter what you do creative i'll still be surprise and can wait...but i will wait cause it will be worth it ^^.
FunnyAzzHell Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Idk do what most people do when trying to be creative…… lock yourself in your room drink smoke weed and listen to music. An if that doesn't hell…… idk fucking know watch porn
Snoopy7c7 Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Wow I know what you mean now about starting a project then going and starting a new one. Hard to stick to one topic right?
MrTomato8224 Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Maybe as a tip or a suggestion. Maybe you could invite people that care to a group chat and brainstorm (I guess?) to find what would create a series that will help you or them. Or I'm just missing a part of the art and I'm completely misinterpretting it.
TheyCallMePacasso Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Student General Artist
Darn it, Middle Ground's dead as well...
Oh well, I can't help but relate since I too can't find what kind of series I want to stick with, it makes me think a lot.
InsertCoolNameHere5 Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
James you have something I WISH I had.... talent :D
MysteryDJPirate Featured By Owner May 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
So this is the artist point of not knowing what to make cause inspiration is lacking possibly? Well maybectryvto look at other peole's drawings and see what inspires them and possibly some creativity comes?
DanTheMusicMeister Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
You make good content James - wait... ANIMATED JAMES?! WHERES JESSIE!? :O
King-Of-Beasts Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I support you
Deu-Ex-Machina Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
Just because no idea is original doesn't mean you can't make it unique. 
People like you because you are the way you are, and while you could always make your work 'better', don't let it change your style.
pegastarstudios Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw man, I wish I could help out in some way but I always end up disliking my ideas in the end as well. Thank goodness you've got a huge audience of creative people.
RetardedDogProductns Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
well you know what they say, before you can create a good decent charaters you need to go throug some other ones :D
that doesnt mean thay your old ones that you abandoned are bad (i freaking love them btw <3 ) but if you feel this way, go for it, do what you think it's the best for you :)
Nightshade-warroir Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Student General Artist
create something your passionate about, perhaps combine your previous ideas like c students, creative types and middle ground, and create one big idea you are proud of. Look at others works for inspiration if you need to. sometimes it helps to gain inspiration from already existing works. 
Me personally, i find basing things off of events and personal experiences helps a lot with creating stories and ideas, perhaps look at your own experiences for inspiration?

The point is, create something that YOUR passionate about. If you love doing something, it will turn into something great. For now, its great you care about your fanbase, but think of an idea that you will love till the end, not something the rest of us will. perhaps then you'll find exactly what your looking for. 
Jack-Rabbit2 Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Try working on a project from the heart, not the mind.
CalebErnestMann Featured By Owner May 6, 2016
James, I gotta be honest:

I think C-Students was/is great.
I think Middle Ground was/is great.
I think Creative Types was/is great.

Thawts, on the other hand, is boring, bland and forgettable. With this update, I have come to a solid, logical conclusion: You have been trying too hard.

Admittedly, I have been amazed by your perfectionist standards, but not for the reasons you think.

I am a writer/cartoonist myself, and also a perfectionist. As a result of both extreme perfectionism and lack of time, I have not created very much in the past few months.

My dad told me recently that trying too hard/being overly perfectionist is a bad environment for the creative process.
One needs to be looser and less uptight in regards to creating stuff.

I suppose that would be good advice to keep in mind, James.
redfredrick Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
James as a more recent fan and someone who can partly relate to what you are going through (ugh used to be good at giving advice, lol have a few friends I helped out through rough patches of their life and can't even think of anything right now) but anyway all I can say is why don't you go look back and your canceled projects and see what was that made  you want to create them in the first place, and if the answer is something short well review them, see what was it you liked about each and what you didn't like about each and just slowly work from there. 

Also I know how you feel with the whole perfectionism, I've given up multiple times before I even reached what you accomplished, and only recently I went back to some of them and realized that their was great ideas in them and decided to try to revive and revision at-least some of my old stories/ideas (though I know realistically that I won't be able to bring them all back from the grave but I won't lose sleep over that as it happens).
ToughGirlsRule Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
The only advice I can give is to look back on your work and figure which aspects of each you enjoyed creating the most. Your bound to come up with something. I can't wait to find out what it is and I hope you're happy with it in the end. Good luck against the evil monster that is writer's block.
tesky123 Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
James (is it okay if I call you that) take my advice with a grain of salt. I would call myself a struggling writer but even thats to good of a title for me. When I get writers block I usually look to my own life for inspiration and try to see what I come up with. Most of the reason why I am writing this is because of how much your animations inspire me to try my best and the fact that you have not gave up yet is extremely admirable to say the least. So good luck I'm looking forward to any future animations you have in store and like I said take my advice with a grain of salt.
theGoldenApple-kitty Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you should keep up with those commissions, as it can get you to be more flexible with other ideas. I've been a fan of your work for a few months now, and I love everything you've created! It doesn't matter if it takes you 1 day or 1 year to find a stable idea that meets your personal standards. As long as there is that hope that one day you will find it, then go for it. You could play around with the characters from Creative Types, as I remember watching them interact in Seniors and C Students. Come up with completely new characters if you want. Take as much time as you need, and do as many projects as you want (we as the readers can't really stop you from doing that, but support you in doing that.)

Sorry, this is more of ramble than well articulated supportive comment. I'm not the most creative, so I can't really offer that support or give any ideas. Just know we're all behind you and will most likely be satisfied with any content you produce ;) 
ColonelButs Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I'm a big fan and I agree on anything you can do. its your time and you should feel proud of what you create. if one of your creations die then it just means that when you get a good idea on that creation again, bring it back.
theTomontheinternet Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
Wish I could help, but I'm not sure how to. For starters, I have a different problem.
My problem is having too many ideas, and not enough time/focus finishing them. I am getting a little better, as I've spent the past couple of weeks working on my review.
SuperMarioMaster170 Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Writer's Block really sukcs
TheParadoxoligist Featured By Owner Edited May 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dead Honest Right now, The best way I've found isn't to come up with something on your own, but loads of CONCEPTS. Than with a group of  friends, peers, or any one else willing, whop also brought a few concepts of their own, you throw them around and talk for as long as it takes to find something you all like, mixing your ideas with new ones along they way. Creative time is Play time, no wrong answers, NEVER ERASE, NEVER SAY NO, JUST CONTINUE ELSEWHERE. I have no idea how you come up with your show concepts on your own (I liked middle ground a lot BTW and thought it was a great idea) But for me, Having people to talk with and brainstorm with, helps develop ideas like a billion times faster. Regardless of how you get your ideas though, You have to remember to always support your own ideas, even one you find stupid. Write them down anyway, and come back to them later. You'd be surprised.
Bytecraftninja Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Think outside the box.

That's all I have to say.
ThatSourUsagi Featured By Owner May 2, 2016
Creative support, eh? Well we don't wanna make you do something ya don't want to. Just, keep in touch with what you like. AS IN REALLY LIKE. And remember, it's okay if it's a little cliche. Look at great anime. They all copy each other.
KtronTheLordofTime Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
So true
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