We recently mentioned that Andrew Pierce made a $1,000 bet with his younger cousin in 2015. The bet was that he had to get a thousand likes within six months for something he was terrible at, 2D painting and drawing. Six months later, Andrew succeeded and made a speech at Blender Conference 2016 titled “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Artists”. If you wish, you can read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Artists – Part I here.
Sometimes, you just get stuck. But then you walk away and you start doing the dishes and suddenly you come up with the solution. It is weird. This is actually a strategy that most professional artists use.
“You’ll find reading your book over after a six-week layoff to be a strange, often exhilarating experience.”
Stephen King says that any novel, regardless of its size, shouldn’t take longer than three months to complete the first draft. After three months, you should stop and not look at it for six weeks. After that, when you come back to it, it’s like you’re reading somebody else’s work. You see it from a completely different perspective.
Take a break to see your work with fresh eyes!
Original thinkers, great artists across the history, had to thumb their nose to the critics and the naysayers. They knew, what they were doing was the right thing. Or were they?
If you actually listen to interviews or read biographies you’ll find that the exact opposite is true. They seek incredible amounts of feedback, more than anyone!
“… candor could not be more crucial to our creative process. Why? Because early on, all of our movies suck.”
Co-founder of Pixar
Pixar Studios have a room called “The Brain Trust”. When you walk into the room your position does not matter and you are free to speak your mind. You could sit down and say “This movie is really bad.” The CEO could be there but you’re not going to get fired, and you’re not going to get any repercussions.
So, get feedback: it’s worth its weight in gold!
Create what you love
Motivation is a hugely overlooked area of art. If you look at the work that the great artists of today are making, its stuff that they are personally interested in.
Christopher Nolan. He makes movies about what he’s really interested in.
Elon Musk. He is not an artist but he has three companies: SpaceX, Tesla, SolarCity. And he created these companies because he had an interest in seeing the success of humanity. This is a personal intrinsic motivation.
“My interest in making music has been to create something that does not exist that I would like to listen to.”
There is enough red tape in life. Art is one of the few fields where you get to do what you truly are interested in.
So create what you love, you’ll make better work, and stay motivated!