I came across this short video today by Artist Jake Parker.
He is known for illustrating picture books, comics and much more. He is also part of SVSLearn.com. That is the School of Visual Storytelling where he partners with Will Terry and Lee White. They offer a lot of classes on basic drawing and perspective to digital painting and all about the children’s book illustrating industry. I highly recommend their classes.
This video that captured my attention. It is only a few minutes long but in it, he stresses the importance of finishing the art projects you start.
He expresses how important it is to complete your art rather than judging it for whether it’s good or not.
This is such a simple concept and a valuable one too!
By seeing it through to the end you not only learn about the process of your art but you also learn to complete things and see them through. That in itself is a valuable skill to bring to your art focus.
If we constantly abandon our art then we miss out on learning about ourselves, our process, our progress, and our vision. We develop a habit of quitting things that aren’t perfect. That leads to a consistent feeling of dissatisfaction and disappointment. I don’t think any of us want that.
Art isn’t what lets you down, the process isn’t what disappoints you, it’s your expectations of the outcome that let you down.
If you learn to enjoy the process and see it through you will gain so much and your artistic visions and abilities will grow. It is that small amount of attention you give to the process of creating, being in the zone and enjoying it that brings joy to the artist.
The outcome will forever be moving and changing.
The more you learn the more you will want to know. The more you paint the better you will become, the more you will repeat this process throughout your artistic life.
The sooner you enjoy the process and see it through the more you will enjoy your art and the outcome will be a wonderful product of the process of a finished not perfect piece of art.