@TessW Awesome suggestions!! You've given me a lot to think over, and definitely new, healthy practices to do. Still turning them over in mind.
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RE: Art Anxiety?
@tombarrettillo Very good observations and great questions! I am almost halfway through the program so not in a place to easily quit. Your questions help with thinking about the next steps. I think I might try emailing a few specific faculty members to see if something could work on an individual basis...
RE: Art Anxiety?
@Christine-Garner - I'm responding to several of your posts in one reply:
Raymond Briggs was one of the artists I read up on in the beginning of this semester. His work is too rough for my liking but it is interesting how he plays on the relationship of words and art in his pieces. I don't quite understand what he's doing yet so it's still turning over in my mind.
The video you shared by Shoo Rayner is GREAT -- the autocaptions were tough reading but I got the gist of his message. Love how he said that going forward in a program that might not be an exact fit could still push you ahead in where you want to be. That was a big encouragement!
"All of this art stuff is very uncertain, I feel lately it may be a waste of time, or may never get me anywhere..." Roughly around 10 years ago I completely quit art. Life was intense at that time and I decided to walk away because I needed to be more 'practical.' Then my knee tore apart in an accident. Goodbye, 'practical' plans! I kept drawing from time to time, increasing over the years -- and realized that art brings me so much joy. I couldn't walk away from myself.
If art brings sunshine to your life, then it is not a waste. If art is something that consistently wells up from within you over a long, sustained period of time, then most likely it is meant for you. I'm not anxious about whether or not art is for me -- but as @tombarrettillo and @TessW astutely observed it's the pressure of my current situation that's obscuring my vision. Storms of anxiety happens from time to time but over the last 20+ years art has been a consistent current in my life. If it is a current in yours, then maybe keep following it to see where it goes.
Re: jobs -- even as a freelancer it was hard to get work. What I did learn and see others say is to make what one wants to be working on, and be consistent about it. Someone will pay you for it eventually -- a slow snowball effect. It helps if you find your niche. The nice thing about freelance work is the ability to do it anywhere -- I raised my boys working from home for years. (Didn't make a living but it gave us a little extra.) YMMV.
RE: Art Anxiety?
@Tracy-Wilson - My blanket is big, fuzzy and orange -- so an orange burrito appears here from time to time. Thank you for sharing!
@DOTTYP - Yes, art is giving me anxiety. It's something I really want to do well at so that kinda messed it up for me. I don't have other hobbies at the moment. Probably need to try a new one. Thank you for the suggestions.
@TessW - I've done graphic design and illustration for many years as a self-taught artist -- switched to fine art after a brief succession of terrible clients turned me off freelance work.
It seemed at that time finishing college would give me more training in fine art. (I'm ASL Deaf and ADD which makes it difficult to finish school.) A few collegiate twists and turns later, I managed to enter a low-residency MFA program on a BA waiver based on the strength of my portfolio and writing. My original goal was to do fine art (I even exhibited a series of carved, finished wood rulers the first semester) but then this semester epiphany hit and I realized comics is my career. It was my first "art love," even if life knocked me around a bit over the years.
The faculty at my college are mainly conceptual artists, so the vibe isn't quite supportive of illustration. It's a low-residency program so fortunately there is quite some leeway with what I can choose to study each semester. They've been supportive of my disabilities/cultural-linguistic needs on one hand and infuriatingly ignorant on the other. (Seems kind of weird to have such a dichotomy but that's the kind of unique college it is.)
All that pressure causes me to feel that I need to perform excellently to prove my place as an artist. That's probably where my main source of anxiety is!
I'm going through some severe anxiety about my art right now from the pressures of grad school and life in general. (It's difficult to go through a fine art program as a comic artist.)
What do you all do to deal with your art anxieties? How do you work through them?
I'm working on inking practice with @Jake-Parker's sheets -- tried various pens on other papers before settling on a G nib for this one. This looks pretty ok to me (needs work on consistency of shading) but what else do I need to work on? Fresh eyes needed Thank you in advance!
RE: Missing Entire Chunks of Info :( No Subtitles/Transcript for Deaf Students
@Lee-White and @Jake-Parker Thank you for your replies. I really do appreciate your attentions on the matter. It would be easier if the text is considered as part of the budget and process for every video, instead of tacking them on to do later. The same concern given to sound editing ought also be given to text -- if it is considered as essential then it will not look as "troublesome" to do.
As someone who produces videos periodically, I do understand, and it's good to see that you're bumping it up in priority. I can't afford to pay to wait, so I have to hold my subscription in the meantime, but I am eagerly watching for updates. Again, thank you for taking the time to respond!