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A few people have asked me how I can stay motivated to draw. The truth is that I no longer rely on motivation; art has become a lifestyle.

I draw when I’m happy. I draw when I’m sad. I draw when I am inspired. I draw when I’m not.

Relying on motivation and inspiration is dangerous if you want to be professional. Just like any job, you’d always have to come to work anyways.

It may seem pessimistic but art stopped becoming a fun hobby to unwind years ago for me. I know those reading still find a lot of joy doing art every so often. Understand that for professionals, art is the air they breathe every second of every day. It might be hard to comprehend as art is seen as a very fun activity compared to office work. After awhile, those two become indistinguishable.

The point of this post is not to scare people off. I want to warn people to fully accept that in order to take art seriously, it becomes just another job. I strive to improve, make money, and create excellent products just like any other job.

It’s not something everyone are capable of doing as art may be their bastion to their lives. Many people simply do not need critiques on their art as they’re just doing it for fun. Being told they’re wrong is not fun for anyone including myself. For that, I urge those same people to continue having fun and avoid anything that stops you from having fun.

To take the next step requires an artist to let go of that and work towards not just having fun, but having RESULTS. It may seem tough at first, being told constantly (especially by yourself!) that your work isn’t good enough. You scratch and cry as your character’s arm looks bad, colours don’t harmonize, hair looks off… You work and you work until the clock ticks 5am every single morning. You throw the piece out the window and start over and start over and start over.

You rinse and repeat for infinity until, finally, something clicks and you post it online. Nobody cares about it. You receive 3 favourites on it. You weep, but you start another piece wishing it will be much better this time. You know what not to do this time. You feel you’ve got it this time and you won’t make the same mistakes again (you will anyways). The new work is just slightly better than the previous one, but you know the next one after will be better! It becomes a grind lasting an entire lifetime: a game that never ends.

Despite all of this, it’s totally worth it. Trust me.