“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
- Ira Glass
This quote is encouraging. The more work you can do, the more potential you have for fresh ideas.
It also reminds me that if you turn your hobby into a career, be sure you still find time to enjoy it recreationally. The times that are used for play may lead to more permanent ideas.
This is a continue battle for me. I miss painting, sketching, and collaborating with other creatives. The design process is partially a communal activity. Owning a small design company and working from home usually eliminates this as a possibility for me.
So, I was very excited to sign up for the Queen City Art Swap based in Springfield, Missouri. Some friends from high school started this group to bring artists of all levels and media together in quarterly swaps and mixers. My first swap is for the Artist Trading Cards. I can't wait to participate and to see what all the artists come up with for their trading cards.
If you enjoy creating, check out the link and sign up!