Anonymous said: What inspires you to keep creating?
That’s a great question! I have to admit, I don’t know if I have a satisfying answer.
It’s not something I think about, really. I’ve always been doing SOMETHING creative… well, in high school, I was more of an athlete, but I was always drawing all over the desks and walls; pretty much everyone in my immediate family is creative so it’s just one of the things we ‘do’.
At my university, I started focusing more on truly being creative. I was lucky enough to run the student TV station on campus for 4 years, and I had a really, really, really, really awful comic strip in the student newspaper, published every 2 weeks.
So, during that time, most of my day to day work involved creating something or other… for the TV station especially, I had to create an hour of original content each week, so I learned a lot about how to finish stuff, how to work on the fly, and most importantly I learned how awful I was.
That’s one thing that almost everyone doesn’t quite realize when they start trying to be creative… they kinda know what they wanna be, what they wanna create, but in the beginning you’re just an awful version of what you’ll eventually become :-) I cringe thinking about the first thingies I made back then, but I had to do the really crappy work so I could improve.
You really gotta get out there and DO the type of work you wanna do, and let the world see it, to figure this whole “being creative” thing out. It’s easy to sit back and kinda smugly think about how much better your work would be than the junk you see around you, but if you’re not actually making anything to prove it…
That’s why I always tell people who ask for advice that the only real trick to being creative is to keep being creative. And finish work! Then, learn from your finished work and move on. I haven’t met anyone who wasn’t awful at first, and even everyone’s favourite artists and authors did relatively embarrassing work early in their careers. It’s just how it goes, and ya gotta get over that fear of making horrible work so that you can learn how to make stuff you actually like.
So, right now, I don’t really have one thing I can point to that inspires me to keep creating. It’s a big part of who I am, and I do it without thinking about doing it.
Also, the fact that I’ve been lucky enough to establish a decent sized audience here on Tumblr is great motivation as well! Knowing that people will for SURE be seeing whatever work I post, and usually liking it, is great motivation and inspiration. The response and messages I get from people like you is amazing.
Plus this is sorta’ my career and all… I never planned on being an illustrator since I wasn’t that good at drawing, and I still got a lot to learn, but I know the only way to get there is to keep working and creating. Having the ambition to make a living at this is great inspiration, I guess.
The other thingies come first though! I think that before we can think about a career at this sort of work, you gotta learn how to finish and show your creative work, and gain an audience. Everything else falls in line after that.
I hope that answered your question decently enough :-) I’m always bad at answering questions about my inspiration, since most of this is just ingrained in me.
I know that if you wanna be creative, then you have to create.
Take care Mister or Misses Anon! And thank you for the nice question :-)
David Michael Chandler
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