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    How do you fight off laziness or lack of motivation?

    Well, it happened - after a stream of months upon months of steady daily drawing and improvement, laziness and lack of motivation has finally set in.

    I am going to fight it by just plain drawing, but I want to get a better grip on things so that this doesn't happen again - or rather when it does happen, I can recognize and stop it sooner.

    So I ask of the other artists here - how do you fight off laziness? How do you keep yourself drawing every day and motivated?

    For me, I felt a surge of motivation before and after the San Diego comic convention, especially after a bunch of my comic artist friends gave me compliments on my sketchbook stuff. I also bought several art instruction books which I plundered for information.

    I also tend to get motivated again once I immerse myself in art that I like. Visiting here often seems to get my head screwed on straight for one thing.

    Really though, the more weapons I have to fight off lack of motivation the better. So any input would be vastly appreciated.
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    read some hellboy, play with my cats and watch music videos. then i screw my soul on and draw like a crazy man.
    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder Doom
    "You can do whatever you want son, I couldn't possibly be anymore ashamed of you than I already am."

    That what my father told my when I was ten and I told him I wanted to be an artist when I grew up.
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    I look into the future...

    and see a cubicle...and that scares the shit out of me...thats enough motivation for me
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    Ask yourself:do i want to do art for a living? If yes, realize that there is a scary group of amazing artists who want the same jobs you want. A lot of these dudes draw everyday - sometimes all day to get better - while they draw , what are you doing? Only one way dude: draw as much as you can, check out a lot of artist, go have fun and go back and draw draw draw. Get good and then you can get lazy sometimes but not for long hehe.
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    Ok...if you are having an attack of artistic super constipation....and your brain is running in the same circles, everything you draw is looking pretty much like everything else that just came out of your pencil, music isn't getting you all pumped up, coffee and nicotine aren't cranking up the old imagination pump....and the abyss of the white page is staring into you....
    1) take a page....and just doodle like you are a 2 year old...let it all out...every scribble every piece of backed up shit you got in your head....let it all just flow out...with no rhyme no reason...just do visual diarrhea..
    2) when you let the crap flow for however long it is you want to....take some of those little gems that might have spattered against the page in step one..and play with them a bit more...feel around...flesh em out a bit..and see what comes of them.
    3) Try a new style...if pencilled comic style is grinding your brain...try something else...that takes you out of your comfort zone..try inkwashes...or pen and ink techniques...that get your mind working in different ways...all to avoid stagnation..Granted when you cross over to something new...don't criticize yourself if it doesnt come out perfect..it's not about making a masterpiece on the first go...it's about getting the imagination and motivation genny back online...
    4) If all else fails take a trip and visit Marko...bring vodka, he likes vodka....and can probably give you better advice than i can. (j/k)
    Hope that helps...if not...sorry bout that...
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    "How do you fight off laziness or lack of motivation?"

    My wife tapes a copy of the current mortgage bill on the monitor...
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    Obligatory 'look at any "Art of..." Book or "Making Of... " DVD' answer here.
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    hmm.. definately have to print out that procrastination thing...later.
    Keep your dream alive - Feed it daily!

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    Quote Originally Posted by arghmisfit
    I was going to give a reply to this thread..then i clicked that link. Even though i didnt feel like a procrastinator, i do now! gah.. good read though.
    My work: [link]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Times
    How do you fight off laziness or lack of motivation?.
    i call my bank and check my balance!
    - Dan Dos Santos
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    Working with other people is good. I find I am a lot more productive when I've got someone else around; a drawing buddy or something.
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    I fight off laziness and lack of motivation with one of the numerous super-hero tools at my disposal!

    Deadlines!

    He who asks is a fool for five minutes,
    but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.

    Starting over.
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