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    What keeps me motivated is to work with different media, you'll soon get interested in them and you want to learn more.


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    my opinion

    hi, I am not an artist,maybe you have to a break from drawing and do other things,let your brain take a rest,maybe you are not feeling so motivated because you´re stressed or you are pushing hard to yourself.

    Just my simple opinion!
    Lichi
    try to simplify..

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    Pitvipr,

    if your room is messy, if your trash is piling up, if you don't have plants in your space, or if they're not alive, you are then living the same day over and over again...

    you don't have to draw everyday if you can't. i know i can't. i'll get bored. my energy will die. i usually have short-breath. i may not draw for a week. i don't know, maybe my style is different.. i tend to observe a lot, record shapes and colors in my head, save my energy, and finally i produce something i'm in love with, and that motivates me to do it again.

    hey, contribute in dsg!

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    Procrastination was big problem for me, and until I took it seriously it just wouldn't go away by itself. So i researched a bit the causes and methods to get rid of it. If you are procrastinating on many areas in your life (not just drawing and painting) it might be building up and seriously start to ruining your life and preventing your success before you even notice it. I read some books and listened to some audio books and with that help I started to build up my motivation and do things that had to be done no matter what I thought or how I felt about them in the moment. Keeping yourself highly motivated, doing things as you plan them and then keep that momentum is the real key to get some success in any part of your life. It is not easy at the start and you should begin with small steps, then when you get your engine up and running you can easier do some bigger changes in your life. As you can see I did not specifficaly talk only about drawing and painting stuff because usually when procrastination visits you it doesen't just take over one area but it spills over many of them. So basically all you need is a big big desire and firm decision that you have to make a change. No one on the world could do that for you. Below are some links that could be a big help at that.

    Here are some quick links to get more info:
    http://www.dexterity.com/articles/ov...astination.htm
    http://www.momscape.com/articles/procrastination.htm
    http://www.orgcoach.net/newsletter/v3issue3.html

    And if you get really serious about fixing your procrastination and even improving other areas of your life you should check these self-improvement stuff which I went through and they were (and still are) the biggest help that I got in my life:

    Overcoming Procrastination - Susan Fowler Woodring
    Personal Power II - Anthony Robbins
    (These audio tapes are somewhat expensive but they are worth the money spent)

    I Hope I did not move to far from the subject of this thread and that this will be of some help to you. Wish you luck!
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    Often times, whenever I lose the inspiration to draw, I tend to look at other peoples artworks and see how they handled their own problems and I begin to look in my own sketchbooks and things to see how my older drawings were *SUPER* deformed (The people looked like they had heads the size of a pea!)

    I also would try to read any type of fantasy or novel and try to imagine how I would draw what images that the book made in my mind.

    Other times I just give the sketchbook a break and then work on my own novels or fall asleep.
    Beware, their are people even more crazy than I, and I think he's riding your lawnmower...

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    Focus, patience, preserverance, passion and discipline.

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    "To achive the impossible you have to attempt the absurd."

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    goldi

    I can't say how much reading that one article on procrastination helped me begin my huge-ass Journalism final that's due tomorrow. It's not that hard of a class, but it's very time consuming, so thank you. I didn't think reading something like that could actually help. :chug: :beer:

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    i agree, i have this gigantic animation demo reel due on monday, and without that article, i would be weeks behind by now. in fact i believe that i could even get it completed by then.
    thanks a lot.

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    From one of the links above
    A third type of erroneous thinking that leads to procrastination is perfectionism. Thinking that you must release the perfect app or build the perfect web site will likely prevent you from ever getting started.
    Thats the one that gets me when i sit down and try to paint. Thanks for the topic start and all the links and conversation, good stuff.

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    Man, I have to agree. Its that perfect thing. It has to be great, or not at all and then I mind screw myself. I do, however, draw on a daily basis. I don't, however, challenge myself when I draw. I do the same old a lot. A habit I must get out of. This thread has been inspirational.

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    I treat myself to the most difficult things I know I fear to create because I suck at them.

    Hands, feet, action poses, anatomy.

    For a year I've been at it with color. My biggest of Achilles heels. And after a year or so I "cracked" color. Now I can paint without fear of my work turning out like sh*t. Know I'm comfortable with color and values.

    Next up is anatomy, and especially the action poses. Life drawing classes in all honour but it doesn't cover the action poses. Perhaps it's time to get into a combat training class and see if I can do some life drawing there...

    Challenge yourself and you will loose your fears, and therefore leave your rutts behind - moving on to new frontiers.

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    Hi again everyone!

    I'm glad that those articles were of some help to you. I didn't know how you all will accept that kind of self-development literature. Many people think of it as just "blah-blah" made by people that had a big success just by sheer luck and now they are acting as some wise guys. And they don't even want to hear anything about it... and sadly procrastination is digging into their lives even further.

    I myself was the same type of sceptic toward that kind of literature, but I thought, OK let's try and se if it works... after all I don't have anything to loose... and even with just small changes in my daily life there could be seen quite a big progress. The same, i guess based on your replies, as you experienced it. So I would really like to encourage you to explore that areas of your life even further and work on your self-development.

    So don't let your life be lead by others, take control in your own hands and you will be successful...


    By the way... when you become successful and somebody says to you "Oh, you were just lucky to get everything you have"... you can say "yeah you're right, I was lucky, but do you know what luck means?"

    Tell them...

    L.U.C.K. = Labour Under Correct Knowledge

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    SIMPLE! go to some workshops, or better, attend some classes, even just at the at the local comunity college. Anything to get some good foundation, be with other artists to learn from them, and have a deadline. Having a deadline is always good motivation.
    this bread is hard, and stale, and has green fuzz on it.
    I wanna go home.

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    To over come the "bordom" of drawing, do things that stimulate the hell out of you. One friend of mine would draw porn most of the time, and actually had great renderings as well(in provocative positions of course....). But if something gets you going, its best to draw that. Hogarth, for me at least, made me completly compelled to draw from his style, it just appeals to me greatly. Of course, dont over do it with a particular style. However, for me it does the job of asfixiating the "bordom" sometimes (dont get me wrong, I draw elswhere all the time). Ill admit, moving a hand in athousand directions is boring, but making an image that makes you tingle inside is worth all the while in the world =)

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    indeed.

    also I think that regular exercise is awesome motivation. I know it sounds cliche, but if you try to run a mile everyday and then you actually start doing it because you make yourself do it (like you are your own drill sergeant) then you will most likely adopt that aspect and incorporate it in other areas of your life. That's just what works for me though, gotta give myself a little hell because no one else is around to do it for me.
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