I've been talking a lot about my art process lately and I hope you will continue to humor me. This year, I've vowed to push myself outside of my comfort zone. When I first made that promise to myself, I thought it would be easy. I don't know why-I guess I just thought I would buckle down and go to it. I wasn't expecting to feel huge surges of inadequacy. I wasn't expecting to feel lost and frustrated. But that's really what growth is all about isn't it? Pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone, learning new things, and having the grit to weather through the upheavals change will bring. It's been a hard month as I worked outside my comfort zone in the Make Art That Sells Assignment Boot Camp but I've learned more about myself and making art in this one month than I have in a long time.We were assigned to do a piece of cuckoo clock art that would be suitable for licensing on a cell phone cover. Here's the creative progression of my assignment.
I started out staying in my comfort zone of crafting. I created a cuckoo clock, but it was a craft project, not an illustration.
Then I drew some cuckoo clocks.
Then I tried to put them on cell phone mock-ups in Photoshop. Because of my limited skills in Photoshop, I could only load them with white backgrounds. That's around when the crying started. It looked too plain. I didn't want to learn Photoshop. I also feel into the trap of comparing myself to all my fellow students' works and things went downhill from there.
After I got sick of myself and my sniffling, I buckled down and figured out how to cut-out my icon and put the clock on a background. But it wasn't a clean cut and more crying ensued.
So I printed out the cuckoo clock onto fabric and sewed up a little change purse. I felt a little better because I was back crafting and sewing and the smaller print made my Photoshop errors less glaring.
I used the idea that smaller was better in this case, to mock-up a new cell phone cover. This is the one I loaded into the class gallery. It's far from where I wanted it to be, but I am proud that I stuck through the process and posted to the gallery. I have four months to go in the class and, judging from the growth process I went through in only this first month, I'm super excited (and a little scared) to see where I will end up.
I wanted to share this process with you today in the hopes that it will help you. If you are struggling today, hang in there. You can do it. It won't happen overnight, but you will get there. Think of how far you have already come.