I really love your art and all of gigantics art, im a fan. I'd like to ask you, what can i do to get my drive back? i've been self teaching for 3 years and at this point im not sure where i should go, i gathered some skills and i think im at the intermediate level, but i really lack motivation now, feels as if i'll never be able to reach the pro level. Do you have any tips for me? Sorry if this came off a little blunt, tried to keep it as short as possible
Thank you so much! Your question comes at a good time for me heh….
This is something every artist deals with at any level. And frankly it happens to me about every three years! Have no fear, you are still improving… The rate of your improvement is leveling with your expectations, so it feels like hitting a wall. There’s a few ways to break this, but all of them have to do with changing your expectations.
a) Branch out and do something out of your comfort zone. Take a risk and push yourself to make something you feel like you have no business doing,do your homework where you feel weakest, and I promise you will learn something.
b)get out of any echo chamber you may have put yourself in. A lot of the times we hang out on tumblr or artstation too long and we see the same kind of work, the same kind of feedback, the same kind of popular people– Well guess what, a lot of these are directed by algorithms, not taste! You need to reach outside of your normal bubble of peers and things you look at for inspiration and try to find the source of where your interests lie.
c) Relish in failure. Remember to have fun and be engaged again with what you’re doing, even when it’s not perfect! Art has never been about perfection, it’s always been about expression.
If you can’t work through it, work around it! Be careful not to step too close to the details and see the bigger picture, literally and figuratively! People at all levels of success go through the same thing no matter how many years of experience, TRUST. Hope this helps.