In the Studio: Create Something Every Day

Pilot Pens are great for calligraphy practice.

Create Every Day

What I love about being an artist is that there’s always something new to learn, therefore there’s always something new to create!  When learning something new, sometimes we get frazzled.  It is important to remember that with practice, it will get better.  It certainly didn’t feel that way a few months back when I touched Adobe Illustrator for the first time!  I felt lost and wondered if it would ever get better!  Ahhh…silly!  I kept at it and although I still have TONS to learn, it’s not as big of a mystery as I once thought it was.  There’s a lot of advice out there and it comes in various mantras, but it all boils down to this in a nutshell:  If you want to be a successful creative, put in the time.  Do something everyday to reach for your goal.  Create every day.  Sounds simple, doesn’t it?  I thought so, until I really looked at the direction I was going in creatively.  I realized that although it *seemed* like I was creating and practicing frequently, I really wasn’t buckling down and putting in enough time.  Two weeks ago, I decided to just do something consistently every single day.

Create something with colored pencils
Colored pencils are quite the eye candy.

Keep it consistent

It’s not always something huge everyday, but if I can get out the Pilot pens and practice calligraphy or do a simple sketch of a tree, then I feel like I’ve gotten some good time in.  I try to open Adobe Illustrator every day too.  It’s not going to learn itself!  😀 My Etsy shops have also been getting a lot more attention & I’ve seen a slight uptick in sales.  Here’s to hoping that is a trend that stays!  Why do we create?  What’s our motivation?  Perhaps you want to work independently or make enough off of your talents to get out of debt, buy a home, or take a vacation.  Whatever that dream is, drill it into your subconscious so that you can use it for motivation towards reaching your goals! Hold those goals dearly and remind yourself of them daily!  That alone is truly the best motivation!

A simple Wacom tablet
I use a very simple Wacom Tablet that suits my needs just fine. It doesn’t need to be fancy, it just needs to work!

 

Faber-Castell Pitt Pens and sketch
Sketch of an apple tree with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens.

Choose your Supplies and Go!

Make a little kit for yourself.  Get your favorite markers, pencils, paints, paper, or canvas and put them together in an easily accessible area.  Keep it organized!  I know that last part can be hard!  I am guilty of taking it all out and creating quite the mess!  But!  That’s distracting you from the task at hand!  For example, if you’re going to practice sketching, only take out your sketching supplies.  Don’t worry about having the fanciest equipment!  It’s very easy to be filled with lust for the latest gadget and if you can afford it, go for it!  What’s more important is to live within your means.  Admittedly a hard lesson for me at times.

Sketched Feathers
Feathers created with a Pitt Pen and colored pencils.

Don’t get Discouraged!  Just Create!

We’re all going to have failures.  We’re all going to try something and make a mess from time to time.  Don’t frighten yourself away from trying again.  Ignore the inner voice that urges you to give up.  Learn and move on!  Keep putting one foot in front of the other and even if you’re moving at a slow pace, over time you’re going to look back and see that really you’ve grown exponentially!! I feel like I’m just at the beginning of my artistic journey, but I do truly believe with constancy, openness to learning, and practice that my business, as well as myself, will grow.

Inspirational quote for the week:  “If you can cultivate to perfection some art by which you can gain an independent livelihood, do it, whether there is a necessity for it or not; do it quietly if you will, but do it.  There is no telling when or under what circumstances you may need it.” ~Horace Mann

Last Week’s blog post in case you missed it:  Here

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