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There is a lot of stress and struggle in our everyday lives. Anxiety, resistence, doubts, self-loathing.. but how to deal with them and make the art we are really excited about?

Here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.  :) (Smile) 

People strive so much for the easiest ways to achieve something, the fastest way to get to results, to get the reward without actually doing things .. but, as soon as there needs to be a hard work put in the process, as soon as it happens to be more difficult along the way, we tend to get frustrated and give up, because of not seeing instant results right away.

It takes time.

Whether it's developing new skill, working on new project - meaningful things so often take a lot of patience in order to make them. Overnight success happens so rarely and mostly for those, who work extremely hard on their craft. 
If you just complain that - oh, I have no time to make art, then think about your priorities. Think about time wasters in your life- countless hours on social media sites, always checking your e-mail, spending so much time at looking at tv, meaningless videos. Plan your time in a way that works the best for you and ask yourself if art is what matters to you the most. 

We tend to take so many things for granted and we have so many excuses, that really are pointless. 
Like - I don't have this fancy & expensive book, so therefore I can't learn how to draw. Well - It's just so silly and childlish to think that we will always have to have the best and most worthy resources in order to learn. 
There are so many amazing tutorials, books, articles online (and in the library) - the knowledge is there for free if you know what you are looking for. Take a look at these free art programs , free art books  , tutorials . (and you can also torrent things, if you really, really, need them

As long as you have pencil and piece of paper - you can always sketch things, anytime. 
About the fancy Photoshop brushes - there is a reason why they work for artists who made them/use them often, because they know how to do that and It's part of their workflow. Downloading the cool brushes and thinking that it would make you instantly an amazing artist and getting frustrated when it doesn't happen - the right brushes can make some things easier, but if you don't know how to use them properly - it won't magically make stunning paintings in your place.

The same goes for costly art tools. You limit yourself if you think that in order to make great art you would need the greatest equipment there is. They are all just tools. 
About two years ago I really wanted to have a digital tablet, but I just couldn't afford it at that time. So, instead of whining and being sad, I made more traditional stuff back then. After half a year, there was a local art contest, so I tried my best, painting an illustration after school, in the middle of the night - even when I was busy with studies and there was such a small chance that I could win anything. But.. I got the 2nd place and got some money - that I spent on my Wacom Bamboo. It didn't matter to me that it's was the cheapest one, or that it was small and the drivers are glitching every now and then. But it was something I could work with and I use it nowadays a lot and I'm happy with it. 

Also - dont't beat yourself down by thinking that you won't ever improve and that you'll never be good enough. We learn about art all our lives and at different speed - try to study new things with every artwork, challenge yourself. Artists, that you admire, have worked hard to get there where they are now - it may look easy for them, but in reality noone likes to share their insecurities and failures. We all are humans and we all make mistakes - it's about how persistent we are, how we can deal with struggle and move on towards our goals. Having bad moments in our lifes, dealing with loss, doubts, people who don't support us.. when we let those things have a negative impact, to stay in a way of our passion, we just feel more helpless and more sad every single day. 

You will never have the perfect timing, the perfect tools, mood, time to do the things you really want to do.
But deal with the obstacles, be stronger than that - 
and make the best of the time that you have and carry on your creative journey. 
and great things will happen

So, how about you - what are your thoughts about dealing with struggle? 

This week I found some lovely resources - list of blogs about creative inspiration, The Mind of a Chef - series about cooking and travelling, amazing Supernatural videos - including s9 Gag Reel and hilarious "Behind the Scenes of Supernatural: A Fan’s Perspective", awesome game - "Robot Unicorn Attack", articles - "10 Ways to Find Your Purpose as a Designer"  and "Struggle Is a Sure Sign You’re Creating Art" and stunning sci-fi short movie - Pumzi - dir. Wanuri Kahiu // Kenya. 

P.S. I quite frequently post some sketches and artworks in my art tumblr - and I have a weekly Music Sunday post on  and weekly 8 songs playlist.
and a youtube art channel:) (Smile) 

Have a wonderful week!

"Dont be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so. - by Belva Davis
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PoshOctopus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These words are very helpful and encouraging. Thank you so much for taking time to write this article. I am often guilty of laziness and whining.. but your thoughts are very motivating, and I can't thank you enough for sharing!
SmilinJack Featured By Owner Edited Sep 9, 2014   Traditional Artist

I will be looking at this whenever I'm struggling to inspire me to enjoy even the difficult parts that are part of growing artistically.
Nikalenai Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Actually it's a really good article providing a good view point and a chance to look at our attidude to not only drawing but also other duties/plans/dreams we so often give up for unimportant reasons.
CosmicYoshi Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
I find my stress comes from my own art (expectations and standards); it takes me a while to get things the way I want them, and because I don't generally use any high-tech art equipment (I find it a struggle to draw digitally on computers and such), I tend to  quality a bit through smudging, etc. Thank you for such an insightful article; it may help me to find a better way to work and do what I do in terms of art.
Toyona Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is so agreeable.
I fear time itself. Life is so short~
Mhyon Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
it's so hard sometimes dealing with real life. ._. 
IchigoMurasaki Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!~ I've too been struggling and getting into depression due to los of good people in my family and pets who have passed away recently due to illnesses that couldn't be cured not because, of lack of money but due to vets not being able to get rid of it. Here pretty soon I plan on drawing my pet rat "who passed away back in March" named "Iket" will be in my up coming on-going comic series he will be staring in. Doing that will most definitely help me keep my feet on the ground and move on with life without depression getting in the way. :)
c0okieThuMper Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
aw this is great. :) I love the fifty ways to cope with stress too. Art is just such a great way to escape and express yourself. I'm sure we all as artists seek to create something amazing and meaningful to us all. Thanks for an amazing journal entry :) 
ShadowJetX Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
avoid tight fitting clothes huh, I do that every day.
mokitodoki Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Another tip to avoid stress: Set low expectations (but that does not mean do your worst.)
Devilfire-Dragon Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
(( OCC: Agreed. :iconthumbsupplz: >:} ))
mutantcomix Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this post! It really speaks to the issues I see in my own life.
ArsenicBlue Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i was literally just(not even three minutes after posting ne of my scraps) looking through my art and thinking"i never finsh anything'and how my frustrations with art coincides with other goals in my life. It must be a sign:3 Thank you for this.I think ill be coming back to this for a while.
Tarobean Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This really made my day.:) (Smile) 
BalamTzibtah Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Lovely words. It's true we waste a lot of time in the tiny things. Art should be part of your day. Just like having to eat or take a bath... 
Imaginary-Alchemist Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is spot on. A lot of people I know have issues with dealing with their struggles- especially in art. I got lucky, I guess, as far as managing stress and hard work, because I learned how to do it early on. This is wonderful advice, and very encouraging. Thanks for posting!
MarkBrattvt Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nicely said. Thank you for these words.
GreenAngel5 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not only did I enjoy reading this, but I agree with what you got here :clap: in most cases, or all cases, everything takes time and commitment. ...and unfortunately there are people who did not grow up learning that. Hopefully they read this cause I thought it spelled it out quiet nicely.
Jetfreak-7 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Very encouraging! Its really about commitment and having the mindset to elevate your work into something better.
nomi1993 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing helpful staff =) Hug 
KenLit Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Something to think about.
Thank You for sharing :)
the-solimnludic Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student
Thank you!!! <3

...I'm dealing with struggle having to do with circumstances that are out of my own's hard, but how I react to them is within my own control..and art is such a wonderful escape and way of channeling the emotions and making them constructive.
scottvalline Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the encouragement.
OkitaMaiku Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
I always look forward to your inspirational journal entries. It makes it a lot more meaningful when you share stories about your personal art journey.
Thank you so much!
Meylin-tyan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great thoughts!
Just one thing to add - if you really really want something, keep looking for options and believe that miracles happen :)
I had the same problem with tablet - I needed it badly, but a decent tablet was way too expensive. I started saving up money (although I realized getting enough for a tablet would take me a loooong time), and within very short time I accidentally stumbled across a girl who wanted to sell her used Wacom tablet, and the price was very cheap :)
Then I wanted to study art in a university to become a 'real artist', but for a couple of reasons (financial included) couldn't do it. So I decided to learn what I can mysef, and also quite soon stumbled across online courses which I like very much (and which are affordable!).
Where is a will, there is a way ;)
LillithCrescent Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you <3
FreakEasy Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yanialch Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Inspiring article, as usual. Thank you very much!!! I needed to read that Huggle! 
Memenda-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent advice as usual. :hug:
MyMelodyOfTheHeart Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great points all around. You really put a lot of thought into this piece and it's a great read. :)
snowmarite Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. ^^
MyMelodyOfTheHeart Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure always. I enjoy giving feedback. :)
gingerdove Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Thank you so much for all this advice! 
snowmarite Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: and thank you for such a lovely comment! :)
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