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    Luc
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    Hit the dump again. I’m 25 and I’m a believer in being free, meaning that I want to do some work with my passion and perhaps making money out of it. Being able to be myself, expressing, show my emotions, that kind of freedom. Thing is I’m stuck and it’s been awhile. I wonder if every people who work for themselves have a some kind of vision or they simply work just for the heck of it or simply enjoys the process? Maybe I’m just depressed and I’m not aware of it and it’s killing all my joy… I have no idea. I do cry at night sometimes and I can be discouraged but I’m never giving up because it’s not my nature and I know I will find a way.

    It seems that when I am making art I often have money in my mind or I see it as a way to escape my miserable life. I didn’t meant to say miserable but it’s the first thing that came out when I typed so I will leave it as it is. And this is where I think I’m wrong. Money isn’t the true way of happiness and I refuse to work just for the sake of money because it feels like I’m obliged to make art and it’s not healthy. The way I see it, happiness comes from creating, completing challenges, learning, friends, trying new things, exploring, having fun such as playing video games… That’s the kind of life I want.

    Anyway my question is, whoever you are, do you just make art because you enjoy the process, do you like to creating fantasy worlds or characters that you want to make it alive, you wanna share your thoughts and vision with the people around the world, do you have a belief or a goal you’re trying to reach? What is it that makes you wake up in the morning and excited for the day?

    Thank you.

    #282601

    JayJay
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    Creating art for the sheer joy of creating something, and that something has come from inside yourself. Even if you copy someone else’s art, you still put a bit of yourself in there….unless it’s a direct copy or tracing!

    I make art because I enjoy the process. A lot of the time, I don’t even know how it’s going to turn out, or even if it will end up in the trash, but I enjoy doing it. I enjoy the journey and the creation of something from inside myself. If it turns out well, I’m pleased. If it doesn’t, well, nothing tried and nothing learned!

    When I’m feeling stuck, I get the most vivid colours I can find and splash them about!  Whether I want to or not, I just start. I call it ‘colour therapy’ and it just makes me happy to see bright colours splashed on a canvas.

     

    Or I go on YouTube and watch others creating art, it rekindles my own need to create.

    I create art for myself, primarily.

    The sales will come later, as others will see what you put in there… it will resonate with someone at some point, and will sell if it’s meant to. Just don’t worry about it!

    I hope this is some help to you.

    JJ.

    #282657

    Luc
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    It is helping yes thanks a lot. It shows that there’s a some kind of blockage that I am not seeing. What I will try today is to just do art for fun, no stress, no worries, and I will see if I enjoy it more. Normally what I do is I start a project and I’m like “Hopefully it will turns out okay” And it does gives me anxiety because I know it’s going to be a challenge. I have fear of failure and I ask questions like “what if it will take weeks, what if I make a mistake, how can people do this so easily??” All the time.

    I will give an update later on to tell how it went 🙂

    #282689

    JayJay
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    Hi again Luc,

    I’m glad you found my post helpful. 🙂

    I hope you have started your ‘just for fun’ artwork. Don’t let yourself think about if it will turn out ok. Tell yourself it doesn’t matter if it turns out ok or not, that the whole point of the exercise is to simply create something that you find pleasing.

    A blank canvas or piece of paper is scary for some, and for others, an invitation to create something new. Don’t let yourself think that the time you put into creating something on there might be a waste of time, effort and money for the materials… just get stuck in and create it!

    All artists have a fear of failure. I attend an art club, and occasionally we have a professional artist in to do a demonstration for us. At question time, I always used to ask if these professional artists had bad days, or had their art work go wrong. Without exception, all said the same thing – yes they do have days when their art work goes into the trash, they do have days where nothing goes right. When asked what they did about this, they all answered similarly… out it goes, start again. Shrug it off.

    I gained a big insight from this. No-one is perfect at art, even professionals get it wrong sometimes!  Isn’t that enlightening! 🙂

    #282725

    Luc
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    I am about to start! Thank you for everything and the excellent support! I am excited to see how it will turn out 🙂

    #282769

    JayJay
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    I can’t wait to see it!  I hope you upload the finished artwork to this thread, Luc! 🙂

    #282807

    Luc
    Participant

    I will 🙂 Just give me a few days.

    #283563

    Luc
    Participant

    Still procrastinating :/ I felt like it helped but I think there’s something else. This is really annoying. Will try small tasks first maybe I’m too hard on myself.

    #283913

    JayJay
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    Hi Luc,

    Sorry to hear you are still stuck with this.

    Did you finish the art work you were excited to be starting? If so, how did that feel?

    It’s a very good practice to do small art works before trying anything larger. Let us know how you go on.

    Small comfort, I know, but artists are always more critical of their own art work than anyone else is! Remember, you can rarely  achieve ‘perfect, 10/10’ every time. Our own expectations for our creations are always higher than a viewers perception.

    Do others like your artworks, no matter what you think about them?

     

    #283961

    nycartist
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    Hi there,

    I am an artist both as a hobby and profession. I do graphic design to pay the bills and painting for myself. I dream of being an illustrator either for children’s books or for some kind of product. But I find myself hesitant to apply to those things because once money is tied to it, it changes how it feels to make art. It’s still fun, don’t get me wrong, but it’s now a job more than a passion.

     

    I found a happy medium with design. I feel creative and make money, but it leaves my personal work with less pressure to please anyone else. I do enjoy trying to get my personal work in shows or selling at artisan fairs though. It’s nice to get your work out in the world and see people’s feedback.

     

    i feel like this is really up to the individual, you have to find which ways you enjoy using your talents. Everyone is different in what lights their inner fire.

    #284553

    JayJay
    Participant

    Hi Luc,

    How are you doing?

    Nycartist above has achieved a happy medium with her art. 🙂 Perhaps you could go down a similar route?

    I also enter my artwork in local gallery events, usually through the art club I’m a member of. I agree with Nycartist about getting your artwork out there in the world.

    Perhaps you might like to join a local art club?

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    #284603

    Peter
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    I used to get so uptight dancing or completing a wood working project. Trying to be perfect and getting so upset when I made a mistake.

    One day I go so tired of myself I just said screw it. I wanted to make a toy chest and Instead of measuring a hundred times I measured twice and cut away. I used wood that was I had lying around that was warped, blemishes didn’t matter.  I didn’t have the tools to fix things and used what I had.  And you know what? It all worked. Every “mistake” worked and even made it better. It was amazing just going with what happened in the moment. When I wasn’t trying to make things happen and instead allowed things to happen – but with intention. A kind of doing by not doing I started to enjoy the process.

    I had the same experience with my dancing. When I let go of expectations how things should be or look, and trying to fix mistakes instead of working with the “mistake” did I learn to dance.

    The word Art comes with allot of baggage that more often gets in the way of art. It doesn’t have to matter if one of the intentions of your art is to make money. It can be fun entering into the consumers mind and discovering what they might like while adding something of yourself to it. Is it art? I think so but who’s to say… or care.

    #284605

    Luc
    Participant

    Hey JayJay I’m back sorry for the late response.  No I tried to do something easier and I’m still working on it. I had so many things that was bothering me so I decided to use art to express my feelings. I haven’t done anything like it before, it will be small work but still challenging so that I am still learning. Thank you for sticking with me all this time I really appreciate it.

    #284607

    Luc
    Participant

    @nycartis  I do have things that interest me that I would like to try but I fear that people will judge me or see me in a weird way. I know I shouldn’t care because it’s my life after all but I don’t know… It’s related to sex, fantasy, kinks, that sort of thing. I’m still looking for a type of art that I could easily enjoy everyday.

    #284613

    Luc
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    @jayjay Well yesterday I started to post my work online on Facebook so that I can get clients. I’m good at fixing old pictures and it is something that I do quite enjoy doing. Still don’t know if it will workout but hopefully it will. I’m not in any art group, I’ve been to a couple before but seeing people’s work and their paste it was making me mad at myself for being so slow so I decided to stop looking at people’s work for now. I often compare myself to others but not as much as I used to.

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