The most difficult thing about having skill or creativity-related goals is that people can’t teach or force passion. If you lack a passion for something you know you can be good at you can only keep surrounding yourself and involving yourself in that thing to bring the passion back.
That’s why creative blocks are so difficult to deal with and to overcome.
I feel like I probably had a creative block, or at least a lack of enthusiasm for art (or anything), between the ages of 17 and 20. I didn’t get out of that block until I started caring more about discovering artists and using social media to inspire myself. I bought a Moleskine because I wanted to force myself to draw; the price made me think that I’d rather sketch than waste money.
I started to upload my art online and the gradual positive response helped me gain back my enthusiasm.
The thing is that it was only really then that I realised all that I had missed out on by not pursuing my main interest properly. I didn’t do so well at A level or art foundation and that led me to be at a university which was by no means my first choice.
Essentially what I’m trying to say is that if you know, deep down, that you’re good at something or have the potential to do that thing then you need to find a real passion to make that something that drives you and fulfills you.
Every day you don’t work at it you’re one day behind where you could be and I know that sounds obvious but it’s something that I wish I properly realised so much sooner.
If you’re already driven then huge respect to you, don’t ever stop.
Thanks for your responses to my question!
I’m going to do Keaton Henson next but my mechanical pencil broke today so I’m going to order a new one and carry on work on my short stories project instead tonight.
I’m hopefully going to start a third musician(s) portrait tomorrow.
It’s between The Tallest Man On Earth, Future Islands and Keaton Henson.