There is a certain level of pressure in the art world to produce a lot, and to have that work in front of your audience as often as possible. If you don’t manage this kind of pressure, it could easily overwhelm and discourage you. Here I have a few tips on how not to be too hard on yourself.
Schedule and Pace Your Work
There’s nothing wrong with trying to push yourself to accomplish more, but pushing yourself constantly can lead to burnout. It’s easy to think you’re not doing enough when you don’t keep track of how much you’ve actually done. When you give yourself a schedule and plan how much work you’ll do in a day, week, or month, you can see exactly where you are overworking yourself and where you have room to increase your productivity. This helps you establish a much healthier work ethic based on your own capabilities.
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Write Down Your Accomplishments
Keep a list of your proudest artistic accomplishments in the year. It can be anything from finding an invaluable resource to joining a great art community. I bet you’ll find there’s a lot to appreciate about your journey, even if you didn’t get through a dozen sketchbooks in the year.
Acknowledging your growth as an artist will put all your time and energy in perspective. It might take you a little longer to master new skills and complete new projects, but little by little it all adds up.
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Understand Your Work Ethic
Pay attention to how you work, when you work, where you work, why you work quickly sometimes and at other times it’s a struggle. Notice which skills come more easily to you and how you tackle skills just beyond your level.
Understanding how you work will help you understand what exactly it takes to do what you do. All the habits, and time, and space you create around your art is your workflow. Understanding those will also help you imagine what more you would need to do to increase your output or acquire a new skillset. You will usually have to change something in your routine, take on new habits and drop old ones, and make the space in your mind and in your day.
Whether or not you are prolific, in my opinion, says nothing about how good or bad you are at your craft. It is only a matter of adjusting your work ethic as the situation calls for it. Understanding it this way, you can set expectations appropriately and stretch yourself when you need to without compromising your health or your standards.
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