New year means new resolutions of refining ourselves. It’s easy to create a list on how to make the new year more successful. However, are we good at keeping up with it?
My New Year’s resolutions tend to be smoothly functioning in the first month, but eventually end up in oblivion and I revert back to my bad habits. This time I will set up requirements that I know could stick to. The solution is to simply make easier, *cough* more realistic *cough* resolutions such as; become more creative.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!
An artist does not become talented overnight. It requires hard work and practice to master a creative skill. In fact, that will be the very first thing a professional artist will tell you. In my creative years, I used to spend 2-3 hours of my everyday life to simply draw. Not only did I develop my own drawing style, but I also noticed improvements in different areas, and by this I mean, my creative skills increased massively. Lately, I have not had time to practice, and it is crucial! In this year I want to make up for all the lost time. I know that there’s so much more to learn and to improve on, so practice is key.
BE MORE OPEN-MINDED
Be open-minded! Creativity has no boundaries or rules. If you’re only doing what you are used to doing, then how can you grow? Have a taste on new ideas and think outside the box.
LEARN FROM EACH OTHER
There is just something beautiful about two creative souls (in one room) sharing the same interest. I’ve noticed that when I’m working or hanging out with my creative friends, regardless of what industry they work in, it instantly boosts my creative thinking. And as I’ve discovered, I absorb new tips and tricks through advice and feedback from creatives. This year I want to surround myself with creative minds. Whether its hanging out at a coffee shop to sketch or attending a concert together, all in all, birds of a feather flock together.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO TAKE CHANCES & EMBRACE FAILURE
What I’ve been struggling with the most in recent years is a fear of failure. I always tell myself that my ideas aren’t good enough, or that I will get criticized for lack of originality. I think the main problem is the fear of delivering something half-ass, which my critical self cannot handle. So because of that, I have kept most of my art hidden from humankind. However, I’ve come to the realization that I no longer want to feel self-conscious. What I look as rubbish; someone else might find beauty in. So why the heck not? Besides, how can I improve if I have never experienced rejection? Failure gives me the chance to learn and grow. I say, don’t be disheartened and just put your creativity out there for the world to see!
– Goals to reach in 2017 –
- Finish at least five sketchbooks this year.
- Create at least five videos this year.
- Draw a little bit every day.
- Take commissions and do art-related projects.
- Invest in my hobbies.