Re: finding time for creativity
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*deepest breaths*

Moving forward, I am dedicating the last hour or two of every weeknight to focus on drawing & creating. I really, really, really need to discipline myself in this area and the only way I can do it is by keeping a schedule. I can also only do this at night just before bed, because there are too many distractions during my waking hours and I need complete isolation & silence to focus. If this means losing a couple of hours of sleep each night, so be it.

I will also be making weekly posts of my productivity here on this blog. They will mostly be sketches, maybe occasional completed works. Although expectations and being told what to draw are my biggest irks, I sort of need this as a motivation. After all, if I have no one to show off my efforts to, why should I bother? The self-satisfaction isn’t enough, because then I could easily just do it all in my head and leave it at that (which is what I am currently doing, lol). There needs to be physical proof & witnesses.

(This course of action is very similar to how I managed to get last month’s OC headshot project done so quickly. It worked really well because I was persistent & had a goal while sharing my progress and I want to apply this method to all future art endeavors.) 

It must be done, as much as it pains me (loss of sleep & evoking my biggest fears of showing WIPs/planting the knowledge that I am currently working on art). The past several months haven’t seen me in the best mental health, due to work stress, a sickly pet, and most of all, the yearning to draw & create again. I miss drawing my OCs and developing their stories so much that daydreaming about it has affected my productivity at work and several times in the past few weeks I had considered penning my resignation letter then & there so I can finally free myself to commit full-time to doing these activities, financials be damned.

Perhaps one day I can do that, but now is not the right time. So, for now, I must make my own time. This post is somewhat serving as a contract to myself that I am obligated to give my creativity my full attention for at least an hour a day.

SO:
  1. Every weeknight I am spending at least an hour drawing or developing my personal works (the time may occasionally be used for owed art).
  2. I will post my efforts for the week to this blog every weekend.
  3. If for some reason there is interference in my schedule, productivity is to resume as soon as I am able and breaks should be no more than two nights in a row.
  4. Words of encouragement are appreciated, but not required (they help, though!).
Effective starting Monday, September 14. Signature, stamp, handshake!

LET’S DO THIS.
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Ninpin|Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome Neekko!

I hope that eventually it turns into more of a pleasure for you rather than a chore, but I totally understand how you are feeling at the moment! I think we all need some sort of push to jump-start our drives again once in a while, and what you said about having others see your work "or why bother" is something that I've been thinking about a lot as well. I'm stuck inside my own head most of the time.

Blogs are also a great way to post random tidbits without feeling the pressure of having uber special projects to complete for a fancy place like deviantART...

...eh, so DA isn't that fancy, but you know what I mean!
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FerenzaaNet| General Artist
Nice. It's so tough to get going. But once you start, hopefully it flows along. 

Personally I get frustrated because art doesn't happen in a steady, predictable way. It's mostly block, then a flood that I can't draw fast enough / well enough to capture. But it just needs grinding away at it...
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Good game plan. Best of luck keeping the creativity going! :#1:
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