Sometimes I lose track of time whilst working from home as an Artist and when deadlines put pressure on me to complete artwork, you don’t often see me anywhere else but at my drawing desk.
Often you don’t really see a typical day the same as an Artist, you only think it’s the same, but half the time it isn’t. Some days are spent either marketing my work online or other times I have put myself in a right horrible creative rut of my own doing that I end up stalking People on Facebook (LOL, not really stalking, just reading other Peoples shit and looking at the pretty pictures!) and this means I do nothing some days.
Fighting through creative droughts can be very challenging as there is just something that seems to be stopping you in your brain and it’s a difficult thing to overcome. Creative block can be a daily struggle if you let it and I choose not to let this evil get me down.
When I am at my desk sketching, drawing or even coloring in my Disney coloring books (Yes, I know, I’m a sucker for kids coloring books) I sometimes feel the need to change direction and do something completely different entirely like painting and for this I have a Shed for just Painting and I disappear in there for hours on end creating new painted ideas and concepts.
Being an Artist is like breathing it has to be done. Variety with your work is the key I think so that you don’t burn yourself out or get bored with it. Other times when the creative vibe hits you it’s best to plough through and just get on with it and think about the consequences later (Sorry Wifey, Movie night is outta the Window!…I’m drawing!) (Divorce?!…Oh no I’m sorry!)
Working as an Artist can be a whole time management issue when you try to balance it with other life stuff. So whenever I am in doubt about what to do for the best, I often do what ever I feel or think at the time, so long as I learn to balance family time with work time and never lose sight of what’s important in life. (Sometimes, it’s a TV show LOL!)
When I am at work I feel like time can be wasted and if I ever feel like that, then I should snap out of it as should you if you feel the same. I’ve been trying to check emails at the end of the day now and only allow myself 5 minutes of Facebook time at the beginning and end of the day. (You know how it is skimming your Facebook feed, you just find all sorts of cool and funny shit, you can waste hours, we’ve all done it!)
The Day starts with me sketching usually and then the unplanned Day becomes all condensed into something larger and more focused as the Day draws to a close. I think some of my best work is created in the final working hours of the Day because I think I knuckle down and get on with it.
What do you struggle with as an Artist? How do you get through your day?