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Inspiration and Motivation

Journal Entry: Fri May 14, 2010, 7:34 AM




I find inspiration everyday, here on DA in artwork and letters, in my kids and outside my window to name a few. I have notebooks and scraps of paper filled with the ideas that pop into my head. Bookmarks of websites, magazine articles torn out and sketches on napkins. My problem has always been motivation. Not that I don't want to carry out what I'm visualizing in my head, but it takes alot to get me started. Ever have that problem? Fear, distractions, exhaustion all seem to side track my intentions. I have seen some suggestions on here for writers to write something everyday using prompts or blocking out small bits of time (like "I will write for 15 minutes, no matter what"), and I think that will work for me with designing. Just do it!

I've amassed quite a collection of favorites here on DA, and I'd like to explain how I choose them. I only fav what I can't bear to think of never seeing again. It has to evoke a feeling that I don't want to forget, or inspire me in my own work. So if you see the volume in my fav list and think I'm madly clicking away, not so. If I have faved your work, know that it's because it is precious to me, and I thought about it alot before adding it.

I've also tried to comment more after reading some of the forums and comments from other artists that they need feedback, and I have to agree. Other peoples thoughts on your work are so precious. I hope I have encouraged and given helpful advice to someone.

Below are some features on work that I can not believe doesn't have more favs and comments. Breathtaking panoramic views of nature, an AMAZING hobbit hole, a close up of a precious little world, a kingly sheep lording over his land and one of my favorite logo concepts ever. Seriously good work - check them out!

Still no word on the job, and I'm coming up on the historically slow season for me freelance-wise. Advice is welcome!
Thanks very much to :iconkylewright:



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Schrammsteine II by PanomenalKing of the world by adypetrisorHand Made Mini Hobbit Hole by maddsrocks:thumb155789587:sheep in Sligo by PatolinoSona Basmati . WIP by swollenskull

  • Mood: Neutral
  • Reading: Lirael
  • Watching: My inbox
  • Drinking: coffee
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Panomenal Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
:sun:
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Heather713 Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Yay for sun! :) I need it here in NY!
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2SadEyes Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I'm honored:)
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Heather713 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
You're welcome, nice work!
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thielfer Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
Damn true Heather :/
Unfortunately today's World is as much demotivating as inspiring. Chase for needs or to fulfill the basics of our lives, takes too much time and energy, to keep our minds fresh and creative (at least in condition we would like to keep it). The only way for me is to take most of the things rather virtually than fully serious, as it causes killing stress and very bad moods. I feel exhausted most of the time - some say it's sugar, some say it's too much time spent inside than outside (no fresh air, I mean)...there's thousand+ reasons people give us to ease our moaning - truth is, if you don't want to lose your mind, lose yourself in this 'mad world' - you have to find your own way of dealing with it - there's no golden solution - each one of us have an original one -> hard part of this life - is to find it ;)
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Heather713 Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Yup, I agree - especially about needing to make money for "needs". It's hard to be creative and happy in the "have to" realm. I know nobody likes to hear complaining, but honestly I do feel better if I just say it (or type it) out loud. Taking it one day at a time!
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thielfer Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
sad but true ;)
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thielfer Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Everyone needs to spit it out sometimes :)
Everyone needs a moment of sadness and weakness...
it's surely an element that gives us some creativity also
-> decadence in poetry, ballad songs and all the other stuff :)
but it's important to remember that these times of weakness shouldn't last long
as they may cause kinda 'addiction' - then complaining becomes main part of our life
- what is not right ;)

as always in nature - the point is to know the balance :D
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Heather713 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Good advice. Release the negative, don't wallow in it. :)
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thielfer Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
But release it responsibly xD
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