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5 ways to sabotage your career as an artist

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"Very few possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort.
If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass."

Fran Lebowitz

Relax  Wait for an inspiration

The mood is just not right today. Sure, you could pick up a pencil, sit down and push yourself to practice but the result would probably end up in a trash can. Waste of time, waste of material. Besides, the guy that commissioned you two months ago found a professional for the work already.

8-) (Cool)  Expect the success to happen quickly

A year or two, tops, that's all it takes to build a reputation. Being an artist isn't a job like any other, therefore you don't need to work on it every day. No need for a schedule or organization either. Get ready, holding on to this advice will soon work effectively and you will be on a search for a "real" job!

Juggle Constantly change your focus

Jack of all trades, master of none? Nonsense! It is recommended to shift your focus and methods of crafting at least as often as your mood changes. Remember, never stick with any medium long enough to start understanding its principle. The moment you suspect that you might be getting a level up at oil painting, it's time to write a sonnet!

I've got too much work to do. Never finish your work

Finishing your work means at least two things - you would have to publish it and find a topic for your next project. What a load of work! Besides, this one needs to be re-made, re-edited, it's far from perfect! But what if it's not worth the effort to continue? Just put it away and start a new piece...

Jark in a jar.  Isolate yourself from the art community

You are a creator, not a consumer! Writers write, they don't read. Painters don't buy another painter's works, they sell their own! You should definitely keep yourself at home. After all, meeting other artists is too risky, you might catch a flu...or an inspiration. That would make your sabotage plan much harder to complete!

"There is in every artist's studio a scrap heap of discarded works in which the artist's discipline prevailed against his imaginations."

Robert Brault

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punk-blue-me Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Lol! good (y)
LushLovesYou Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great article! I'm incredibly guilty of number one ^^; I tend to argue with my muse quite a bit, and some days, drawing just doesn't feel right, so I give it a rest and pick it back up to try again the next day. 
Unless I'm making art for someone else, of course. I would hate to be on the receiving end of a commission by an artist that constantly procrastinates, so I always push myself a bit harder than I do when I'm only drawing for funsies :) When I'm drawing for others, I try to do my best work, and quickly. I certainly don't want to damage my reputation before I even start trying to get customers!
RhynWilliams Featured By Owner May 28, 2014   Traditional Artist
a quick tip is to look at your old work and see if you can make something new from it because your line of thought back then is different from now, and going forwards doesn't always equal progression, because a good artist is and artist that keeps surprising him/herself, limiting your style can stop you from thinking creatively even if your work looks appealing 
jane-beata Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That's a good tip! Thank you for reading :)
RhynWilliams Featured By Owner May 30, 2014   Traditional Artist
;) I'ts nothing
mirz-alt Featured By Owner May 28, 2014   General Artist
I'm guilty of 2, but only in the fact that I've been working on my current project for 5 years already and it's wearing me down. But, I know realistically there is no magic number -- it could be today or another 3 years. It's frustrating, but you have to keep pushing on.

I have to laugh at #1. More times than not, I'm the commissioner who goes on to find a professional. I can't tell you how many times I love an artist's work, commission them, and then fall victim to the "I have no inspiration" thing...usually without a refund. :shifty:
jane-beata Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading - and you know then what I'm talking about :)
Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Thank you a lot for this article! :hug:
jane-beata Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading :)
jenifferlee Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is fantastic advice! I LOVE the first one.
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