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How to stay Motivated. 

I’m writing this article for the type of people who say that just can’t find motivation to:

Make a portfolio
Finish a painting
Work on their personal project
Etc.

I got three tips I’m about to write, and it’s just advice and things that I found useful for myself. If you are capable to do any of these things you should definitely try them.

Tip 1

Fear. Get rid of it. If you are fearful of the outcome it will unmotivate you immediately. Just finish whatever it is and think about how you can improve after. If you can’t see what you need to improve ask someone else to tell you. There is always room to improve, and if you go into a critique with an open mind you will grow exponentially.

Think of it like this. If you were running one lap, and half way through you stopped because you were afraid you were going to throw up or pass out, you will never really know how fast you can run that lap. You didn’t push yourself enough to know your limits. If you finished the lap and did it in, lets say 3 minutes, you can now train and try again. If you run 10 seconds faster, you can see improvement. If you don’t you can see whatever you were doing may need more time or isn’t working. But at least you can now see where you are at, and make a move.

Tip 2

Which brings me to my next tip, which is clarity. The lack of it will keep you unmotivated. If you don’t know what you are going to TRY to do to be motivated, you will never start. I like to make a game plan of the things I’d like to learn or improve on. Let’s say Tuesday I’ll go and do some studies in lighting, the next day anatomy. I set a time limit and follow through. Even if all I did was draw/paint from reference, I put in a good effort to improve myself that day.

Here is another way of thinking about it. If you are playing a role playing video game where you can level up, the goal is clear. Kill 10 monsters, you level up. So what do you do, kill 10 monsters and sure enough you LEVEL UP! Then it says kill 20 monster, and so on and so forth. The thing is that the game is giving you an artificial sense of achievement that propels you to stay motivated in it and keep playing. All you need to do is the same thing with schedules, and planning. Just say to yourself, if I put in 10 hours a week, I should level up in art. And you would.

Tip 3

And the last thing you should do to stay motivated is have fun. It doesn’t always have to be work or studying. It can just be dicking around and see what you come up with. Many of my personal projects have evolved from this. At first it started out as a test or some practice, but then it turned out great, and I had a blast doing it. So I would do more and more, and then BAM bunch of new pieces and art to show others. And be proud, even if they aren’t all that great, you had a moment of glory and that rewards you with self confidence to go on.

Imagine if you had to sit down and play a game of tag all day. I mean playing tag is fun, but noone is forcing you to play and if you were forced to play for HOURS that would be a nightmare. Being artistic and creative is fun by nature, so don’t force it. Just find the time to do it, and make it interesting and exciting to go on new frontiers. Try not to be bogged down by external pressure, and be motivated by personal growth and prowess. The more you do that, the more others notice. Trust me on that, it worked for me.

Good Luck,
AJ

 

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:iconmrtommaya:
MrTommaya Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
Thank you so much.
Have a nice day.
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insanitiser Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
What if I stay motivated to read all the text on how to stay motivated?
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:iconrelic-angel:
Relic-Angel Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Rather helpful. :thanks:
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Sapphyriah Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Thanks a lot for this!
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Relic-Angel Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What a sweet little article. :3 I liked reading it.
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:iconfapel:
Fapel Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Thank you for writing this! I'm sure I'll need it really soon..I really do want to work on some projects for myself ; u;
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akimoto5 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I will do this. thank you :3
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flutterlily Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow bons conseils merci!
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SkyTheChao Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
DJNGRFKDVJOIJMCOWIXOFXWMXPOSCKLXIEOW I cannot thank you enough!! Extremely helpful tips! Ahhh thank you so much!!! >v<
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:iconartkosh:
ArtKosh Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
thanks! great tips!
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:iconindecisivelyrics:
IndecisiveLyrics Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!
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:iconkmsandwich:
KMsandwich Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Thanks for the tips!
I'll keep that in mind later :)
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:icontadzikonserwator:
tadzikonserwator Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Hey. Thanks for being so open and helpfull with other artists. I learn from you constantly.
Have a good day.
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CielBendall Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014   Digital Artist
I fall into 3 really badly. I force myself to draw even when I'm not up for it because "A day not drawing is a day you're not improving." but then I wear myself out and go backwards.
Trying to work on that.
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forcoffee Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks man really helpful!
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mythrilgolem1 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
are you able to sustain that motivated feeling naturally or do you have to pump yourself up frequently?
I find I'm motivated for a day or two, then I get sidetracked and fall into the old patterns of everything feeling like a chore and or getting annoyed by external forces. Have to find a way to turn off that part of my brain -__-
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AlbaF Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, this tips are super useful! :happybounce: 
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:iconmohq:
mohq Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for this!
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:iconl3onnie:
l3onnie Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Short and to-the-point! Thank you for your tips - they are definitely useful to boost my motivation. :)
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xLisaMcMillenx Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Your tips are much appreciated! 
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:iconrose-kira-chan:
Rose-Kira-chan Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Great entry!! :w00t:
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:iconk04sk:
k04sk Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
LET YOUR PAIN BE YOUR FUEL............0_0 www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxzQ6u…
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:iconmuttmix:
MuttMix Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the tips!
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:iconchaoticartistic:
ChaoticArtistic Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Hella
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:iconemberthetechwiz:
emberthetechwiz Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel motivated to make a deviation.

Good job!
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:iconwdnest:
wdnest Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Writer
So true about fear. Need to push through that to write a novel and edit. THanks for reminder.
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:icongrimrabbit:
GrimRabbit Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Thanks for the tips and your gumroad videos. I can hardly keep up with all of this great wisdom you're sharing!
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:iconshifter91:
Shifter91 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm practicing Tip 2 for some time now.. although I will have to organize it a bit more, to become more specific ^^
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Robotpencil Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
yea! totally. Clarity has SAVED ME. 
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johannandreu Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
OH MY GOD!  These are the words that I needed today. I feel a lack of motivation today because I feel that nothing that I do is good enough. Thanks for your article! I will read everytime I feel stuck in my artworks.
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Robotpencil Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
well everyone suffers from their own sense of judgement, Just ignore it for a bit so you can finish stuff and then Judge your FINISHED works, not WIPs. 

Good luck :D
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:iconsubverity:
subverity Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is something that plagues me, constantly. Thank you for the tips!
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:iconrobotpencil:
Robotpencil Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
no problem tell me how it goes!
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:iconalmostinnocentdream:
Almostinnocentdream Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you :) I am sure this will help me 
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:iconrobotpencil:
Robotpencil Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
If you work hard and stay passionate, I promise you that it will help you. 
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fRoZ-ENsh-adow Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
thanks <3 I so badly needed this :)
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:iconrobotpencil:
Robotpencil Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
glad to help!
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:icononlo:
onlo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is great! Helps alot when Im having a "Draw one 8-bit game of thrones character each day". 
Also really liked the examples you made, it really puts a line under your argument :)
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Robotpencil Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
HAHA i want to see that!
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xGodknowSx Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the tips, Robotpencil!
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:iconrobotpencil:
Robotpencil Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
you are welcome xGodknowSx
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:iconaikuwo:
Aikuwo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Thanks a lot :)
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:iconrobotpencil:
Robotpencil Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
you are wlecome!
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:iconmadmarks:
MADmarks Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student General Artist
I love journals like this.  Thanks for your words.
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:iconrobotpencil:
Robotpencil Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Then I'll do more! Be prepared. 
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Tru3N0rth Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is extremely helpful. Thanks for posting this.
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:iconrobotpencil:
Robotpencil Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
You are welcome :D thanks for reading. 
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theRavenTower Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great advice. I only discovered you recently so I was not able to support your kickstarter. Your Youtube videos alone have helped me and I bought your GumRoad stuff though.
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:iconrobotpencil:
Robotpencil Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
SWEET THANKS ALOT! how you liking them?
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theRavenTower Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They are great. CHEAP. Not long. Not boring. And full of info and insights. Keep them coming. I did not even see you posted like five more this weekend haha. Awesome.
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