I've been feeling quite depressed lately because of a situation I am in. Things are seeming to get worse with it and probably wont get better, if it does at all, for quite some time. I dont really feel like drawing much, but I realize that if I just concentrate all my efforts on drawing and improving my art, the time will pass by quickly and when the situation is ready to get better, I not only wont feel depressed anymore but I'll also be a much better artist. Have you personally focused on art as a way of getting through tough times?
Doing it now. Packing up my house to put it on the market, so I don't have a lot of time to draw...but drawing in my down time is definitely helping. It's totally absorbing, so I forget about my To Do list.
I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
I was in a deep depression and I overcame it without any drugs when I started to draw again, although I'm not completely cured yet, there are still some bad moments, I put too much stress on myself, procrastination, etc. I'm at the same time quite proud of myself and grateful to art for achieving this
Definitely. It's one of the reasons I took up art actually. I was going through a tough time and I needed an escape from some situations so I started drawing. Sketching and drawing took me somewhere away from all my issues and let me calm down. I've figured out solutions to more than one tricky life problem after an intensive sketching session.
Whenever I'm in a good mood, any constructive endeavor, hell, any endeavor will be fun and easy. When I'm NOT in a good mood, drawing will make it worse, MUCH worse, mainly because my patience is already shot.
I've broken good mechanical pencils and shredded art when I tried to draw while in a slump. Now I know to just concentrate on other things.
When I was going through my serious bouts of depression, I'd use art as my outlet and just draw without care about technical aspects. It was a release for me, getting out emotions I didn't want to hold onto. Had I tried to focus on improving my work at those moments, I wouldn't have got very far as I probably would have got frustrated and angry and subsequently making me feel even worse than before. Art is what got me through a lot of tough times, even acted as a detour from the suicide route. There was only one time when I actually got so depressed that art didn't give me any sort of satisfaction, nor drive to even do it, and that was when I went to see my doctor to get on anti-depressants. :p
I've been feeling down lately as well and I notice that when I focus on my work, things do go by faster, and/or art provides me with something else to think of. Writing does that too. I think it also gives me a feeling of security if I'm in a very turbulent and changing situation because I know that whatever happens I'll always have my love of producing art to fall back on.
When I was depressed I started a comic of really bad nasty things, only after a page or so I'd be cheery again, look at the work and just go "ew god, I drew that!" I tuck it in a little box and the next time I'm feeling blue I do another page of the comic.
I have found that elevated emotions act as a catalyst for artistic expression. A neutral state of mind tends to hamper my efforts, but it is nice to break away from that regardless of how I may feel. In fact, my best work usually evolves drastic BS which life has to offer. Though, it is a bad habit that needs to be broken, imagine if you could tap the power at any given time. Then again, feeding the habbit would do wonders ...