Being a work-from-home artist may seem like a very exciting idea at first. But what happens the day you feel sad or not feeling well? I assure you that there will come days when you can’t find motivation. And today I want to talk to you about how to find motivation even on cloudy days. I’ve been a freelance artist for 12 years and it’s not only about discipline, it’s also about having the right mindset and knowing your priorities.
1. CREATE STABLISHED ROUTINES
There will be days when you wake up and don’t want to do what you have to do. That is why it is very important to create established routines for your days. Routines will allow you to focus on what is important and not just what you want to do.
I know that not everything can be reduced to routines, but routines will help you stay motivated because you know that the next day you will be there creating. Works of art don’t create themselves, you have to trust yourself and know that the next day you will be in front of the canvas.
2. KEEP A SKETCHBOOK
Never forget the power of paper. And although I love to draw digitally, I always value the power of carrying a sketchbook. In that sketchbook you can store ideas, scratches, textures and so much more. A sketchbook can motivate you because you can see how your art progresses and it’s a free space to make your own mess.
3. CREATE SOME FREE AND PERSONAL PIECES
You can also find motivation in creating pieces for yourself, pieces that no one has to see or that hold personal meaning. Explore new tools, new textures, new papers and have some fun. In variety you will find motivation to keep creating. Keeping positive-vibes around your work will allow you to stay creative.
4. HAVE FUN CREATING ART
Never forget the main reason why you became interested in being an artist in the first place. Love the freedom of creating and watching a piece of paper transform from start to finish into a work that is yours alone. Have fun and enjoy the process of learning and growing as an artist.
5. SHARE YOUR PROCESS WITH THE WORLD
You can find a lot of motivation by sharing and feeling proud of what you do. It’s not just about waiting for others to applaud you, it’s about inspiring others and sharing your ideas with the world. You can have a blog, a youtube channel or just a twitter account to record your progress.