The grind continues
It seems that my design/art brain has shut off for the moment.
In a way it’s super scary not to be able to access the ideas and flow that I was able to only a couple of weeks ago, but, in a way I completely understand. My obsession with drawing, rather, learning to draw, is a reflex that my subconscious is controlling. It knows that the next level of stuff I will do requires a level skill that I don’t yet posses, so it’s forcing me to get there. Like a leviathan just under the surface, it’s preparing me for something big. The next step, so to speak.
Until then, however, I gotta keep the grind going. Two weekends back I tasked myself to work on samurai, and spent the entire time pulling together those lines. This last weekend, I followed a more free form flow stemming from some up my current projects. In the queue right now I’m putting together a logo for team of dogs that competes in AKC (American Kennel Club) and another design for stickers my Moto repair shop wants to reward their riders with.
Most of the time it’s really hard to keep track where my brain is at.
Overwhelmed, I’m having to figure out systems to deal with balancing the creative and business aspects in ways I never had to before. I mean, there’s like 20 of my own designs I have on a to-do list, along with my client needs, prospecting, skill development and study, networking, building a fan base, and trying to find a moment to breath just for myself (haven’t taken time off really in months). Throw in the pressures of social media, overcoming personal issues, and, all the other stuff that comes with being an entrepreneur.
The cool thing right now is watching my progression. On a personal level I’m finally proving to myself that I can do things that I dreamed of being able to do since I was a kid. I’m excited beyond belief knowing that if I continue this line I’ll be able to create the worlds I have stored inside my head. For people looking in, my drawings are still nowhere near good, but, they’re getting above average now.
Light and shadow are beginning to creep into my work.
I’m starting to see how they work into creating depth and life, and how different placements can mean the difference between meh and wow! As I’m drawing, I can actually see how the lines are supposed to be placed to create certain affects...it’s weird, and cool, and it probably sounds crazy.
I ain’t no DaVinci, I ain’t no Picasso, I’m just me. I know there is so much grind ahead of me as to make most people run away crying...but I just see it as another day. A friend of mine said to me a while back when I first got started, that art is a lifelong journey. Something so obvious but easily forgotten in the hustle to survive. That lesson is finally sinking in. And, rather than discourage me, knowing how long it’s gonna be, I’m excited. I mean, if I keep this up, what’s my work gonna look next month, next year, 5 years from now... That’s why I keep grinding like this.
Thanks for stopping by and reading about my life as an artist in Los Angeles. If you have a minute to swing by and look at some of my designs that would be awesome.
Hope you have a fantastic day!