Inner Demons, Beware
We face many challenges in our pursuits towards artistic betterment, helping us to become valiant warriors on the canvas. But even the most hardened artistic veterans need the occasional pick-me-up in order to make it through to the next piece.
Such is our craft that we can never truly master it, as our strengths and
weaknesses are both revealed to us by each step we take - so that as we reach the top of one mountain, a higher one slides into view. We journey on treacherous paths, where demons lurk to test our endurance. Skilled shape-shifters, demons take the forms of our personal terrors and often manifest as clinical depression in creatives.
But it is from gaining our battle scars that we can give our work its substance and our creative voices their most insightful content. I often feel paralysed by the same perfectionism that leads to my ultra tight line-work: if drawing was anything but the obsessive and laborious task I know it can be then my work wouldn't be the same. Consider how your own process might be affected positively by otherwise negative experiences.
Fluffy duckie demon viciously attacks brave pupper.
Our artistic paths are long and treacherous.
Any nugget of inspiration or motivation that we can gain along the way are invaluable:
helping us to identify, own and defeat our demons - orelse come to some sort of agreement!
Here are a few of the rare and valuable items I've obtained on my own journey so far:
Made by Danie (Moonbeam13
) this guy was gifted to me during my term as a Community Volunteer in 2014-15. Sock Bunny lives near my desk and used to keep me in check, reminding me to scout the site for awesome art to schedule as Daily Deviations before lights out.
A lady who works at my housing complex occasionally finds me cool stones in the car park. She named this one "The Devil's Toenail". Others she has found me are lucky, with holes in them. This lady is someone I've become close friends with in the past few years for her joyous quirks and infectious personality. After inheriting her optimistic world view from our time spent together, gravel becomes a goldmine. Of toenails.
This book was a gift handed to me by my tutor along with my exam results when I was finishing college - containing the warmest and most encouraging words.
Having became quite ill in the midst of my studies, college happened to be an especially difficult and turbulent time. But my tutor had taken me under her wing and was super supportive - she even visited me in hospital which was well beyond what I could have asked for.
I usually keep certain books in my bag and this is among those that I like to keep with me. It's small but mighty - packed with gorgeous contemporary illustration. The book and its message is like a trusty shield and a reminder that I can overcome even the darkest times.
1. Did you receive any rare or valuable items over the holidays?
2a. What are some of the most important items you've ever obtained?
2b. What makes them so important to you?
recently introduced me to a site called: Habitica
It's a self-improvement app in the form of a role-playing game and it helps you to track and achieve your real-world goals by levelling up your avatar like in an RPG. Maybe it'll be fun to use towards your resolutions for 2017.
(Spammy or what?! Don't worry, I'm not sponsored or anything)