Do you ever get more excited by the idea of practicing more than actually doing it?
Whenever I see a list of studies I want to do, I get all pumped up and excited about checking things off the list until I actually put butt in chair, at which point ten minutes in I start fidgeting and it's willpower and self discipline time. Likewise, I get most excited about art when I'm not actually drawing. When I'm drawing I always have to make myself do it.
I know it's normal to get bored of the grind, but is that normal to happen all the time? I can't tell if I'm somehow deluding myself with some ideal of what practice is supposed to look like, especially as I know first hand that practice and studies are pretty dull, but this happens pretty much every time and is actually worse when it comes to working on personal pieces.
Ask yourself what is it before you start that makes you excited? Is it that you're going to impress people with all your hard work? Your goal should be to improve and that you are doing the studies just for yourself. It can be tough being brutally honest with yourself.
I would say that pretty much nobody likes practicing certain things. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and it can be very frustrating to tackle a topic that you know is necessary but not something that you get instinctively. Solution? http://www.noahbradley.com/blog/2011...start-working/
Work so hard that you forget about whatever else may be distracting you.
As far as your personal work, like BlackSpot said, be honest with yourself. Do you like doing art or do you like the idea of being an artist. It is a very big distinction and a lot of people fall into the trap of telling themselves that they like the first but in reality only like the second. Other than that, I know that some people struggle to get their ideas out on paper because of a lack of understanding of the fundamentals. This can be immensely frustrating but luckily there is a method for success. Practice haha.
Haha, I get this a lot as well. Not so much with drawing or painting, but with learning 3D. I've got tons of really good instructional material on Z-Brush and Modo sitting around on my hard drive and get all excited when I find a new great learning resource, but as soon as I start the actual learning process that emotional up is gone and every minute becomes a battle. I think its because what I really want is the benefits that 3D offers, not the actual modelling itself, and much less the very technical aspects. I guess it's not the worst kind of motivation to have, but it certainly doesn't compare to "loving the process" as I do with drawing and painting.
edit/ If you have this kind of feeling with drawing and painting in both studies and personal work, you should do somne soul-searching and find out why drawiung/painting isn't fun to you, as the other contributors have noted, especially if you're aiming to do this professionally. Nothing worse than working your ass off to get a job you then realize you never really wanted in the first place. The studying never stops, you know.
Last edited by Benedikt; August 11th, 2014 at 05:02 AM.
I feel the same way. There is always something I need to do before I sit down and draw and then some other thing to do and so on. I'm exhausted by the time I begin. Sometimes I get absorbed in what I'm doing, get n a zone like running -- moving, but mentally focused and relaxed as if sitting still.
It's like learning to play piano. It sounds awful to hit all the wrong notes and feels awkward and you have to think about every one of your ten fingers plus read the music....I never did learn an instrument. I think art is similar.
When I knew enough to draw a good number of things without reference I enjoyed drawing much more--it was like being able to speak in a native tongue instead of a foreign language.
It's like figure skating in the Olympics. When a skater misses a big jump and lands on the ice, its all over for that competition but she has to complete the program, can't keep taking it from the top to get a perfect program. Sometimes each new drawing, even a practice feels like taking it from the top and I'll keep starting over or try to perfect some tiny detail I think I can control.
As I get a little better, I can make mistakes and finish the drawing anyway. No one is going to do it for me. When I step back from what I am doing and see I have captured some feeling, it's rewarding and exciting. Only I can do what I do. Truthfully, my technique sucks. I used to be pretty good at contour drawing, but my focus has been more on painting and how to use color and I had to start all over to learn to draw,
If there is such a thing as natural talent I don't think I have much. I have been at this so long, art school and everything, I think I should stop wasting my time and find something I can be more productive at instead of stubbornly spinning my wheels to no avail. But the fact that I suck at this, maybe it doesn't mean much, you know, Einstein failed physics.
But the fact that I suck at this, maybe it doesn't mean much, you know, Einstein failed physics.
That's a myth by the way, Einstein was a difficult pupil but was far from failing academically.
You say you're tired of spinning your wheel, if you're aware that you're doing this, you need to find out what keeps you from breaking away from those habits. What stops you from pursueing the fundamentals, from drawing and painting from life?
Because, like Einstein, I was a difficult student, but far from failing academically.Besides, I really am brilliant and they are my wheels to spin. Dali was thrown out of the Surrealists, to which he responded "I am Dali, I am Surrealism." And then of course, there was Dada, whose members weren't allowed to draw, paint, write poetry or hold down a job.
Umbravita. Discipline is a muscle. Google it up. And also disciple dissipates as the day progresses, so you have a considerably more during the mornings. Habit negates the need for you to pay the discipline fee. So make everything a habit and then you have more excess discipline to spend at your discretion. And finally one area of disciple will spill over and benefit another area of discipline. Essentially, Exercising will make you more disciplined in your painting , as well as having a clean room, waking up early and on time, etc, etc. Good luck.
P.S. emotions trump mechanical thinking. The strongest emotional drivers are food, sex, and a few more (I can't remember them at the moment : P) So let me ask you this, how much money do I have to pay you for you to seek these? It is priceless right? I hope you understand where I am coming from. You have to engage your emotions. I'd suggest you look into Napoleon hill's Think and Grow Rich book.