What am I working on?
A few things actually.. Where should I start? I tend to just scribble a lot of phrases that come to mind when I'm playing with my brush pens and now there are so many I've now decided to start making use of them. I'm still figuring out my style as I keep trying different things and seeing various results, so it's making it difficult for me to be like 'yeah I do ____'. Right now I feel like that kid that plays with the play doh and makes a mess..
The thing with this is I'm trying to take my time with the process of figuring it out, but time has a funny way of slipping by and before I know it I'm months down the line with next to nothing to show for it. This has led me to a point where I've grown tired of beating myself up because I haven't
. By taking action now, and planning steps to get me where I want to be I can look back in some near future and see that I
. If I refer back to my first post, I'm doing what makes me happy. I am going to do my project work, and I am going to relax the pressure I've put on myself to '
So back to what I'm working on. Because I had such a horrible creative block for so long, the ideas and things I've been longing to create have all spilled out into quite a few half started, half discarded projects which now accommodate the floor beneath the chair next to where I work. The pile keeps growing, which is great but also (to me) feels just as bad as when I had the block. But the silver lining is that now I have a few project beginnings I can work through and build up a body of work with. So that's kind of where I'm at that work. I'm also working on my hand lettering, because it's hands-on and takes my eyes off the screen which is a lovely relief after looking at one all day. They're the little images I currently have littering my posts.
I've also got a painting that I've been working on for a friend, and I've been trying to practice painting flowers (because I'm actually hopeless at painting them) so lots and lots of YouTube videos and tutorials have been littering the tabs on my web page. Luckily, I think I'm at a point I can actually apply them to my art piece and finally get the work to him, it's taken a while and I'm not proud of the timescale I allowed it to take. (Here's to being more disciplined and getting work out in the more realistic times instead of getting in my own way.)
Another thing is I created a RedBubble account some time ago and intended to make little designs and lettering pieces to go on their offered apparel (t-shirts, phone cases etc) so I could earn some cheeky pennies on the side. Now while that would still be nice to have, I'm more inclined now to using it in a way to creating pieces and becoming accustomed to producing a regular body of work. At least for my little lettering pieces which wouldn't normally be seen outside of my living room, they get to be somewhere. There's only so many times I can look at my progress shots (as I like to call them) and appreciate them.
So as I explained there are so many things I am working on at the moment, I'm fighting the mindset of 'I should be something by now' and just letting myself grow accustomed to creating work again. Being out of the creative grind has made me lazy I think, and I've lost touch with the fun side of creating work, experimenting with programmes and enjoying the process as well as the end result. Hopefully I can show you some snippets of the other projects I mentioned before, I'm really pushing myself to keep up with them and be my own client whilst I'm learning. Also whilst learning to keep up with blogging. I have a lot to say but don't always have images to break up the post and demonstrate my artistic/designer progress..
Are you similar to me? Starting loads of projects and letting them pile up? How do you work your way through them? I'd love to hear from you!
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