There is the old saying when it comes to money "always pay yourself first." Which means always put your savings away before you pay bills. That way you know you will always have something in reserve. It's the reason why we work. To make money for ourselves not constantly spend. Or so I was told..but this is America. Not sure if that holds true anymore.
When it comes to art. "always pay yourself first." What do I mean by that?
I mean do artwork for yourself first.
I'm assuming this is being read by artists that do commercial work. As we all know you can get so caught up in doing work for other people you forget to do your own artwork. Which is what the whole thing is about right?
The most important aspect of doing artwork for yourself is that it's the testing ground for new techniques and new ways of thinking. Often times on commercial gigs you will get asked to do the same thing you've been doing for the last ten years over and over again. Where is the room for innovation and expanding your repertoire of artistic skills.
You've got to pay yourself first. Pay into you bank of artistic skills and refine your imagination.
One way to do this is to be religious about the daily warm up sketch. Set a time limit. 15, 30, 45 mins before you start your daily work and just go off. Draw or paint whatever comes to mind. This will free your mind and get you in the mood to make art.
Some people dedicate one day a week to learning and trying new things. With life such as it is that's not as easy but if you can manage it all the better.
Take a class. Every Community College has a life drawing class or if you live in LA throw a rock and you will hit a nude model sitting in front of a group of artists.
This morning I did some personal work to wash the bad taste of a week of tough clients and mindless blood money art out of my mouth.
The lesson I learned today. Calm down and don't rush your own pieces. I had this feeling I was on a deadline. I had to take a step back and remember how to enjoy the process...and enjoy it have.
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