In this blog, we’re going to cover what drift is, as well as how it can impact your success as an artist as well as ways you can avoid it from being detrimental to your growth and development as an artist.
Surrounded by people who admire you for your art, it can be easy to feel invincible, but you’re actually putting yourself at risk. It’s really important to be aware of any problems that are happening currently in your life, for instance is it possible that you’re not making enough money per month? Currently are you living at day-to-day expenses or are you saving money?
A lot of artists make art for themselves, but they wind up having to get a job in commercial graphic design because of financial instability. That’s an example of drifting. Drift happens when you veer off course unintentionally and wind up not at the destination you want to be at.
Just like with other skills, if you get paid for something specific, you may think it’s natural to drift toward that direction. But if your interests change, tell the client you’re no longer interested in doing what they want, and ask if it’s possible to work in your interested fields.
When I graduated from college, I figured, “Hey, animation’s storytelling and art, the two things I love the most. Why not?” So I started looking for and landing work as an animator, a way to support myself. But I thought I’d use my degree in animation to land an animation job, but when I did, people kept asking me to do other things too.
Life is funny how it’s always bringing together the things that you love with the things that you need to do. For me, that meant using my art skills to get into an animation career.
For me, Web Design was rewarding at first. I enjoyed working with others on developing new sites. And with animation, I had fun bringing characters to life. But after a while, it felt like I was just doing the same thing over and over
When you’re feeling lost, pay attention to the voice inside of you that says, “I was meant to do this. I was put here to make art for the world.” That voice will guide you and keep you on track.
Paying attention to your creative voice will help you get back on course if you’re feeling like you’re stuck.
Getting back on course when you find yourself drifting is difficult, but it can be done. You don’t necessarily have to wait for your muse to give you the motivation to keep going; sometimes, getting yourself back on track means taking action.
It’s okay to make mistakes, and you can avoid them by having a compelling future vision of what you want to do. When you’re lost in the woods, make sure you go in the right direction.
As you pursue your dream job, it’s helpful to have a clear vision of what that future looks like. If you want to be a full-time artist, you should know there are many steps involved. You should think of what you want to be doing in five years.
If you want to be a professional artist, you have to make it a priority to be excellent at your craft. You should not pursue art as a hobby or as a way to pay the bills.
What’s the key to being successful in life? The key is knowing your lane. Knowing what you’re good at. And what you love doing.
You could argue that the best way to ensure your long-term financial stability is to focus on creating art and sharing it with the world . But if you’re like many artists , you may be tempted to spread yourself thin , If you have a talent for doing something, if you know your lane and you do it well, people will want to hire you.
An artist’s job is to tell stories, but if their storytelling decides to extend into areas that are outside of their expertise, then it will be difficult for them to achieve the same level of quality as they otherwise would have.
Seeing someone engage in their life purpose is attractive because it’s a reminder that we can also do what comes naturally to us.
Forget about the haters. Ignore the vast majority of people who are not going to buy your product. Those are distractions. There are two types of people – dabblers, and professionals. Professionals have a clear cut schedule for when their next goal is. If you want to be a comic book artist, others are going to see that and it will draw them in. Being professional means focusing on long-term goals like finishing your next book.
It’s important to avoid the second way that drift can cause you to fail. If you’re not careful, you’ll lose sight of your goals and objectives. As a result, you won’t develop a body of work that people won’t know who you are. Avoid drifting towards whatever it is that you’re not supposed to do. Build a body of work that people will know you for. Do the things that you know and like and do them to a high standard. Post the art that you create.
People will naturally be drawn to you because of your body of work. You can start making money off your ideas as an artist as soon as you have any sort of audience.
You’ll gain fans because people want to be drawn to you. They want to be drawn so close that they can smell your breath. If you create children’s books, comic books, or art books, this pre-order offer applies.
Even if you’re not confident about your artistic ability, it’s worth trying to build an audience for whatever you do. This will allow you to learn from others who are following the same path. I’ll tell you how to build an audience even if your art sucks, because trust me, it takes a long time to build a body of work, and the best thing that you can do for yourself as a professional is start building an audience side.
If you’re working a day job, you’re spending your free time taking care of your family and paying the bills, you’re going to feel like you don’t have time for art. Some artists get trapped in the rut of working a part-time job while dedicating their free time to creating art. The problem is that art takes a long time to build.
If you let the distractions of the world pull you off course, you can’t let all these things overwhelm you and drown out the light that you have inside. You were put here for a reason: to make art for the world to enjoy.
You have a light inside you. And sometimes, even when you feel totally overwhelmed by the world’s distractions, you have to remind yourself of this because things can be so hard sometimes. You can get pulled off course by too many things trying to reach. If you feel down or depressed or like you’re stuck in a routine, I’ve been there many many times.
If you’re drifting through life, you can avoid feeling like you’re stuck in a rut by knowing your purpose and mission.
If you truly love making art, you shouldn’t let anything stop you from doing it. If you don’t love it, however, then ask yourself if you’re doing it for the right reasons.
You must sit and make art everyday and it doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re doing, as long as you show up every day and try to get a little bit better, you will become a great artist.
When you carefully observe your favorite creators, it will be easier to create because you will learn tips and tricks from them.
If you want to stay motivated, it’s going to be very easy for you to build that body of work to build an audience to grow your name in the art community.