On Breaking Through

So far in March, I've been plagued by a nasty case of the artistic blahs.  I was stuck.  Frustrated.  Unhappy with my work.  But I couldn't figure out how to fix it.  So I'd sit down each day to draw and then several frustrated hours later, I'd throw my hands up, trash my work for the day and promise to start fresh the following day.  Repeat.  Repeat.  Repeat.  

I know, I know, two weeks isn't a terribly long time.  But when what you do for a living is draw every day and then suddenly those drawing skills just won't show themselves, it's scary.  

There are always ups and downs in any creative life.  You'd think I'd be used to the ebb and flow of it.  But, nope.  Every time it happens, it feels like I'll never be able to draw anything decent again.  Like I'll need to reinvent myself for a new career.  And that's an awful feeling because really, if I'm not an artist, I don't know what else I would do.  It's part of who I am.  

So after daily struggles for nearly two weeks -- and thank goodness I didn't have any looming deadlines -- I decided to give it one more go.  

I picked a small, simple drawing out of my sketchbook, one that I drew almost a month ago.  I popped said drawing into Photoshop and decided to challenge myself to creating a finished illustration with no lineart.  Isn't it funny how setting limitations can make us stretch our creative wings?  

Longish story short, I spent a fun hour playing around in Photoshop and Illustrator, ended up with a cute character that I love and finally managed to break through the artistic blahs that I'd been experiencing.  

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Finally breaking down that wall again was one of the best feelings.  Ever.  And after scrapping a set of four illustrations that I've been fighting with all month, I'm off an rolling around with a bunch of new work!  

I hope your week is off to a good start too!