With October coming to an end and Autumn officially in full swing, artists and entrepreneurs are going full throttle for the last couple months of the year.
#INKTOBER has become the most popular drawing challenge when it comes to the art community and the #LAST90DAYS challenge has been sweeping the self-help community.
With all of this emphasis on making the most of this year - it seems like there’s nothing you can’t do…
or in my case nothing you can do right.
As a self proclaimed freelance artist and personal sufferer of anxiety I can tell you that when the world gives me a deadline I… panic. And when the universe hands me a cool challenge filled with ton of opportunity I… compare myself mercilessly with other people until I feel inadequate.
While this is something I’m working on as a person, I can tell you what I was able to do this year to overcome my creative slump.
And the answer to that is… magic.
After attempting a solid 3 days of Inktober and feeling incredibly overwhelmed by having to produce daily drawings I decided that I… was giving up. But, I still had to draw something.
Now, my list of ideas is always long, between the product collections I develop for my business, the skill building classes I take, and the bulk of my portfolio lacking any sort of human figures, I have a lot of things to choose from.
And THAT gets overwhelming too!
There seems to be no way to silence my brain and remove the pressure of having to produce something perfect.
So I went to my favorite place to get away from all my overwhelming thoughts, the internet, and that’s where I found my inspiration. I stumbled across a post from @positivelypresent and I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
I wanted to recreate my own version of her adorable self help potions.
I needed to fill my life with positivity and there’s nothing better than actually drawing a physical representation of the things you want to bring into your life.
So I called in joy, calm, focus, magic, and love. I did my drawing a day, but for me not Instagram and I ended up with some of my favorite illustrations to date.
So if you’re in a creative slump, I suggest… you give up.
Give up the pressure.
Give up the expectation.
Give up the intense work ethic...
And choose something silly, something fun, something that will make you happy instead.
Let me know in the comments how you get out of the inevitable creative slump. How do you cope?
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