John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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Harumph. I know and can analyze in detail why my art doesn't come out the way I'd like, but translating that into actually making the changes necessary to shift my art in the direction I'd like it to go doesn't seem to be happening.

My "art style" isn't really what I'd like to be drawing, but I seem to be rather stuck in it ... it's a comfortable habit, I suppose. Changing it would require a lot of mental work that I don't seem to be able to muster the energy for as often as I'd like any more. Right now I happen to be looking at the bristol sheet that holds last Wednesday and Friday's strips, and I can see about a bazillion ways I could have made them better -- but I didn't because that would have made them take another several hours each, and I've got to bang out the strips when I can, so that I can bang out the next strips before they're due, and so on, and so on, and so on.

One of the reasons I love to do more gratia artis pieces is because I know go into them that they'll take a lot of time to do right, and I'm prepared to spend that time. Unfortunately, that leads me into a situation where the only art of mine that I like is the big art pieces, whereas the strips, the "bread and butter" of my artistic endeavors, always feel like rushed hack jobs.

The only way to get out of this is to rebuild my buffer, so that I am not fighting the clock. But the only way to do that is to draw faster, and cut out non-drawing activities for a while -- which tends to leave me burned out and wanting to take a break from drawing for a while.

Argh. Stupid paradoxes!

On a related by sorta digressional note, I need to work from reference more often. And look at more art by artists I like. I've been stagnating a little, lately. Artists need a certain amount of confidence, but should never get to the point where they feel like they've got nothing new to learn.

-The Gneech
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