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How do you go about getting motivated or out of a slump? When I was in school, I was drawing frequently but was discouraged from doing art professionally and pushed into a "go to college-get real job" direction by the people around me. I’m going to college again and want to work while I’m waiting for the new semester, but I can’t seem to. I feel like my artistic talent has suffered over the years and I’m doubting if art is right for me. Any ideas on how to pick up the pencil and get going again?
You really just have to fight through it. Try getting on Skype with some artist friends and just chat and draw together, that sometimes helps. Or put on some music (yes I have read the animators survival kit and I don’t give a poop or agree with it on that chapter) and draw, possibly livestream it to a few of your friends (or google hangout since that’s great for a small group). Turning art into a social activity is a great way of keeping you on track, it was something I use to do on a regular basis.
Rob, do you think drawing is a talent?
The issue of talent vs. skill…
So, yeah… I personally don’t really believe in “talent” in its purest form. Every last one of us is “talented”. It’s what makes us human. For example, I’m pretty musically inclined (I’ve produced and created music for a good section of my teenage years, btw) and know how to pick up a guitar and can jam a few chords because my dad showed me the basics years ago but I completely suck at it. Would I say that I just don’t have the talent for it? I don’t think so. I’m sure anyone can pick up the guitar, learn, and understand the basics and jam with simple chords.
The reason why I suck at the guitar is because I haven’t put the time in to learning it like I have when it comes to art. I haven’t surrounded myself with it and swam in it for years and years so, of course, I suck at it. Speaking of swimming, if you throw someone in a pool who can’t swim but can learn with the proper instruction, they WILL learn how to swim. They have the arms, the legs, and the mental capacity to learn how. There’s nothing preventing them from learning how to do it (unless they’re handicapped). If they don’t like water and are scared of it, well, they won’t learn how to swim.
Same with skill vs. talent. If you have the mental capacity to add 2+2 and know when its time to eat because you’re hungry, you can learn to draw. I feel it’s all about application. Now if you’re mentally handicapped, then sure, you’re going to have a bit of a problem. But all of us privileged, normal folk can learn to do anything. The saying “you can do anything if you put your mind to it” is not a joke. You can do anything you want. You just have to take the steps to learn how to do it. If you don’t personally like to do something, you’re not gonna push yourself to learn how to do it~
Now I do believe in how well someone can adapt or take in knowledge and apply it, though. We all learn things at different paces. Some get it faster, some take years to learn a simple thing. But that doesn’t necessarily mean one is more talented than the other.
We talked about that often in the Cryamore dev team. I understand the basics of programming because I’m good with math and the principles are easy enough as I have dabbled many times into making games and game logic, but I just can’t completely wrap my ahead around it easily. It takes me a long time to really make sense of a block of code, but I will eventually get it. On the other hand, our programmers can pretty much take anything I give them an idea of and can just toss it in as easily as someone gives me a written character concept and I can flesh it out in one go. Does that make one of us more talented than the other? Not at all. Skilled? Well, yeah. That’s ‘cuz that’s what we sought out to primarily learn and over time & repetition, that skill becomes second-nature. I’m sure if I went on a 4-month-straight crash course with nothing but programming lessons with applying and playing around, I’d have no problem grasping things then.
So yeah, next time your mom, aunt or a friend tells you how “talented” you are, don’t believe it because it doesn’t really mean much. XD But when someone recognizes you for your skill, that’s different. :)
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