Not long ago, I was sitting with some friends and one of them asked me, “How long does it take for you to come up with your ideas and get them out on paper?” and the truth of the matter is that it depends on the idea.
When I look at my day or my workload for the week, if it’s a light day or projects I am familiar with, I am confidant that I can get them done efficiently because I am sure of the process, it’s fairly easy. If it’s a new concept or request from a client and I am unsure of how it will go, that usually takes me more time planning and conceptualizing.
Which leads me to the biggest hurdle in the creative endeavor … MENTAL ATTITUDE. It’s all in how you look at it. I have been accused of being an ego-maniac before and, while I might agree at times, I also feel it is that very thing that helps me finish projects, complete tasks, and plan for future ones. I try not to be too afraid of upcoming projects and should they make me a little nervous, I just “plow” right into it and pick up the pieces later.
Now that’s not to say that I do not get a little intimidated by a blank sheet of paper … I just don’t let it dictate the terms of the work made on it (normally I just tear a corner off of it … it’s a mental thing). Normally my biggest issue with projects isn’t getting AN idea out, it’s WHICH idea to get out.
I am a STRONG believer that all things come from WITHIN the artist so I don’t need someone to constantly tell me that I am a talented artist (while it is always appreciated) I try to see how I can challenge and push myself. My ‘guys’ take up a section of my own personality and therefore I can let ‘them’ work out things and that has led to a different direction of what I would have done … EVERY time.
I read somewhere that, “if your dreams aren’t big enough to scare you than you’re not dreaming big enough,” and I couldn’t agree more. I use to know how the project would look when it was complete before I even began and now I just go along allowing changes to happen as they come, that doesn’t scare me … it makes me enjoy the ride. How long does it take to make a cartoon start to finish? I’ll let you know when the next one is done.