As someone who struggles with "let's-explore-forever" syndrome, it is hard for me to bring a single idea from start to finish. I have been inclined to get really nervous and quit, and many ideas have died that way. Over the past few years I have come to realise how damaging - and unfortunately common - this is with artists, and I wanted to create this little thread as a way to urge those of us who fall under this category to get finished work out of our system(s) using common deadlines and accountability.
I am doing this to push myself out of my comfort zone where I have been known to hide and thumbnail/sketch/doodle/explore and otherwise meander to death, and get used to going through the entire process of completing an illustration on a regular basis. This habit has been damaging to my self-esteem, since I cannot say I have actually finished personal projects.
I am taking into consideration some great advice given by creative minds on this front:
Jake Parker's "Finished, not Perfect," Seth Godin's advice on finishing and shipping work, Peter Mohrbacher's advice to finish about 4 pieces a week, etc.
My personal drill in this thread will be to:
- decide what personal work (series or stand-alone picture) to work on and why,
- chronicle my process during the week,
- post at least one final piece in this thread every Monday.
Today, I start with an almost non-existent portfolio since everything lives within the pages of my sketchbook, and there's a fire lit beneath me to put in consistent work to change that around.
If anyone else has identified this as an issue they would like to tackle and would like to be kept accountable in the process, please feel free to drop by and post here as well!
P.S. If you have read this far, sorry for the spiel, and let me know what you think.
Edited to add: "Finishing Drills" is a soccer practice reference - definitely a nod to the frequent sports analogies used by Will, Jake and Lee. It's super endearing that they do that. XD