What do you like to do whilst you paint / draw that keeps you returning to your projects?
I like to drink green tea and playstation when i need breaks.
I seem to be okay as long as I have somekind of background noise. Be it some music or a movie, etc. I also tend to take a lot of smoke breaks since no one I live with will allow me to smoke anywhere in the house. lol
Those who can't; teach.
red bull and good music has been working for me.
i used to smoke cigarettes, i find alot of artists take alot of stimulants. Like coffee and cigarettes to give themself a boost. or heavier..............
Music, movie in background - keeps me going as I work away. What helps in maintaining my energy levels is weight training.
So I've never needed more than a cup or two of coffee a day. The only thing that's heavy are the weights. Heh.
Chewing gum, music and tea.
The usual, online radio stations via Winamp, maybe MST3k on in the background, a soda and the occasional cigarette.
The thought that some day working two completely unrelated post-undergrad jobs for 60+ hours a week for a barely-liveable wage that have nothing to do with my art career will some day pay off, that's what gets me drawing in the first place. I imagine most of us have big dreams, and it is only the biggest of dreams that get people moving. The thought of actually being able to draw 12-16 hours a day is enough to keep me drawing when I can, and someday I'll get there.
Coffee + music (pink floyd, nine inch nails, led zeppelin)
Lately i seem to almost always have a guildwars thread minimized to get ideas from. their stuff is the bomb.
"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
--- Frank Herbert, Dune - Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear
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Last edited by TheGnoll; November 20th, 2007 at 05:26 AM.
I have been working on the same personal project, 5 hours a day, almost every day for the past seven years.
I think the concept of 'drive' begins to fade after a while, it is just something that 'has' to be done, no reason needed, only your dreams.
Inspiration though comes in every form, limiting what you take in and what might guide you is a dangerous game. One day it is a new soundtrack, a pod cast, an ad, a posting here at CA, fashion, weather, politics.
If I ever had a piece of Mr. Miyagi advice it would be "Be like sponge" You might find you never have to go looking for 'drive' again.
What gets me started ? When it's gloomy morning (kind of like this) and I'm in bed trying to start new day without success, I count slowly from 10 to 1. Usually on 3 I have enough energy and on 1 I don't think and just quickly get up. I guess it came from my early childhood factination with NASA Space shuttle take offs .
I never tried it out on art though...hmmm.
Last edited by Farvus; November 20th, 2007 at 08:28 AM.
What I have while working: Background noise (music or people talking usually) and a snack or drink (lids are good inventions )
What keeps me working: I'm not entirely sure - I just know that I want to do something I love rather than working through the day to day grind that so many people get stuck in (and I am enduring right now). I also want to be able to create all those crazy pictures in my head, and if I can survive off that I'm happy (and there's no short supply of those crazy pictures )
We're living parallel lives brother. I was going to come in a say one simple word.... espresso. But I've come to my senses with your pithy post and will now concede there are two things that get me started and keep me going...
espresso and fear