Make Crappy Art

 

 

I recently came across a forum post of a young artist asking for help freeing themselves from the perfectionism and fear preventing them from putting their art into the world.

Here’s the best advice I’ve got, I hope it may be helpful when you face the dark terror of producing art.

I’ve worked with many artists, especially in their late teens early 20s, who are TERRIFIED of going out into the world without something perfect. They listen to the best artists out there and compare themselves to that highest 1% of history while their own work is still developing.

First, watch this, the most important 2:00 of your day:

Now watch it every day before you start your art making

Then, I have an assignment for you, but only if you’re ready to be a real artist.

You have one problem.

It isn’t a lack of perfection.

A lack of skill.

A lack of ability.

It is a lack of FAILURES.

You haven’t failed enough to be good yet.

You may have failed a lot, but go out and make them big and public.

Your assignment?

100 Crappy Pieces of Art.

Songs, pages, blogposts, whatever.

You MUST produce BAD art.

You might get lucky, fail once or twice, and produce something kinda good.

You might not.

But you’ll learn to overcome your fear of shipping and putting real art into the world.

Good luck, PM me anytime, and go make art!

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~ by Christopher G Keene on February 3, 2014.

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