How to Be Patient Enough to Create Art (And Finish It Every Time)

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Some people are more patient than others. Maybe it’s an inherent feature or perhaps an acquired, but when it comes to creating art, having enough patience is something we’d better have. Otherwise, your creation can be left unfinished, and you will get no clear result. Is it a pity? Of course, it is.

I often get comments about my patience (it seems obvious that a person who can work on A2 size of paper with thin ink liners must be very patient).  But, honestly, I don’t feel like I’m more patient than others. In this post, I’ll give you some tips on creating detailed, complex artworks without feeling impatient and hastened.

1. When you are drawing, think about the art you create and the process.

Not about all the things you could be doing instead right now, and not about how you look (are you good enough, will you succeed in what you do, what outcome will you get). If you face a negative or anxious thought that bothers you, acknowledge it, and it let go. In many cases, the best solution is just keep drawing.

2. Immerse yourself in the story that your artwork represents.

What relationships do the objects have in your drawing? What personal features do the characters have? What do they feel? It may seem strange, but the thoughts and emotions the artist had in the process can be clearly sensed in the complete artwork. I had a great lesson when I was much younger and painted a lot of still life pieces: you always should think about the objects and treat them like they are real and living things with their own stories.

3. Work with regular intervals.

It is tempting to do all your work at one try, but breaks are necessary to give your body to rest and switch the attention point of your mind. Otherwise, your work won’t be efficient, and you will miss many mistakes. Of course, quality time is something essential for any creator; distractions make no good for the result and your mood in the process. It’s the matter of finding balance, as always.

4. Use a positive stimulation.

Almost any work can be done if you know that you’ll get something in reward. Many creatives resort to this trick: for example, work for an hour more and get half an hour of interesting reading with a cup of delicious coffee. It’s much more fun to be a friend for yourself, not a severe inspector 🙂

5. Don’t push hard on yourself. Ever.

You work at your pace, and the results are always right for your particular conditions (personality, the level of skill, health, weather, true for a) Even if you think they might be a little better or faster. All these thoughts so often cause disappointment and make us impatient — in a moment! Remember, you are a friend to yourself — it’s the guaranty of creative well-being.

6. Give yourself time.

This goes for an art in process and for a complete one. Hurry and instant conclusions make no good. I often felt terrible about a new artwork that I had just finished, like it was primitive and full of drawbacks. But after a while (sometimes — a month or even more) I looked at it with fresh eyes and saw its beauty and elegant complexity.

As a conclusion, I’d like to say that patience is just a name for decision. A decision to work, every day, under any circumstances, and push through no matter what.

I wish all my Readers to be inspired and purposeful! 🙂


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