Today you were supposed to get an article featuring over 30 artists sharing their 1-3 years of experiences after art college. However, I am extending the time for artists to submit their responses. The article will be live next week, May 24th.
When thinking of a substitute article, there was one subject I found intriguing and wanted to briefly highlight: learning vs procrastination. It's a common mindset that we as artists should always be learning, and find opportunities to expand our knowledge and skills. After reviewing my interview notes, completed questionnaire forms, and reflecting on my personal experiences, I believe this to only be half true. Learning is important, but so is execution. I've done this multiple times where I'd see a tutorial, class, or even fantasize about going back to college because of how much I don't know. Truthfully I still do. With that said, I don't allow my drive to learn as a means of procrastination. Founder of Imaginism Studios and Schoolism Bobby Chiu talked about this briefly in last month's video "What great artists have in common".
Now I'm not saying don't take classes or go to extended college, but be smart with your decisions and be truthful to yourself. Are you taking these classes because that's what you need, or are you stopping yourself from moving forward? Maybe you don't know how to start and learning seems to be a reasonable next step. If that's you, I recommend listening to talented artist Ryan Kingslien who summarizes in a powerful and motivational way on how to start.
Never stop learning and never stop applying your knowledge to your work. This is a classic case of finding balance in your work, but if you truly master this you'll only advance that much faster. I manage this balance by setting goals with deadlines for myself; and sometimes I purposely don't have them art related. I'm a strong believer in living more than your art and believe you should take time to experience life, even in things you're not particularly skilled at or enthusiastic to try. For me, I write blogs every week and post them Tuesday at 9am. It's not a perfect system and writing isn't my strongest skill, but it's a skill I'm practicing every week. By doing this I'm learning how to time myself, how to plan for uncertainties, and ultimately how to move forward.
Do you have certain goals you want to reach? Let me know in the comments below.