Hello everyone,

It's been a very long time since I have posted anything or even worked on any projects. I have been in such a creative slump lately and working full time has really just shot my motivation for the past year. I am really working on trying to fix this!

I'm happy to say that I am going back to school this next semester for 2 years to finish up my major in Graphic Design.

I am looking forward to jumping back into the swing of things and being more involved on here again.
  • jeremiah was a

    I don't have an education to repay yet but last time I was in that position I quit my job and was lucky enough to snag a part time graphic design gig at a marketing agency.

    Switch up mediums. If you're not getting enough projects offer to do some work for free for clients you want to land but never work for less. Welcome back.
  • cynicdesign

    I sit down to work every single day- regardless of how much inspiration I have in the hopper. That's the reality of being a commercial artist my man.

    Working full time definitely makes it tough before you transition out, but weekends are where it's at.

    When inspiration hits, make sure you're already at your desk working.
  • dbdesign

    I work full-time and pump out work like a machine. It's all about your mindset, stay positive and motivated no matter how shitty your feeling. Creative slumps happen to everyone, but maybe if you change the way you're thinking every day you will start to feel better and more motivated to create some great designs.

    For example, after work when you're leaving your day job and you're completely drained, and would normally say "fuck this sucks, I'm so drained now I have to go home and work on some designs" and you just end up going home and sitting on the couch for 3 hours instead. Work to reverse that idea, just get it the fuck out of your head and stay motivated and focused. Try to find a routine to take your mind off of work, and to help you transition into your design work. Example, I go to the gym for 2 hours every single day after work, before I sit down to freelance at nights it helps me clear my mind. I find it beneficial because it gives me time to focus on myself and refocus my energy and allows me to set goals for myself. There is no better motivator than progress whether it be progress in design, the gym, eating better etc. But it all starts with your outlook.

    Also, if you want some better advice, don't waste your time or your money going back to school for Design, it's a complete waste of time and money. You do not need a degree in Graphic Design to become successful, you need skill and motivation. If your plan is to earn a degree get one in education, maybe you'll be able to teach Design in a High School one day down the road when you're tired of designing. I know that it's the move I wish I had made instead of going through 4 years of focused Design school. ;)

    Good luck!
  • cynicdesign

    ^ that
  • MattisGentle

    I really appreciate everyone's responses on this. Last month I did work on getting myself out of my creative slump and worked on quite a few prismacolor marker pieces. After knocking out a few I really got some momentum going. I'm still not drawing as much as I would like to but I will get myself there. I think a lot of it does have to do with changing my mindset like you said dbdesign. I actually found that when I forced myself to start working on another drawing that it ended up being one of my better ones! I was surprised by that.
  • MattisGentle

    dbdesign said:I work full-time and pump out work like a machine. It's all about your mindset, stay positive and motivated no matter how shitty your feeling. Creative slumps happen to everyone, but maybe if you change the way you're thinking every day you will start to feel better and more motivated to create some great designs.

    For example, after work when you're leaving your day job and you're completely drained, and would normally say "fuck this sucks, I'm so drained now I have to go home and work on some designs" and you just end up going home and sitting on the couch for 3 hours instead. Work to reverse that idea, just get it the fuck out of your head and stay motivated and focused. Try to find a routine to take your mind off of work, and to help you transition into your design work. Example, I go to the gym for 2 hours every single day after work, before I sit down to freelance at nights it helps me clear my mind. I find it beneficial because it gives me time to focus on myself and refocus my energy and allows me to set goals for myself. There is no better motivator than progress whether it be progress in design, the gym, eating better etc. But it all starts with your outlook.

    Also, if you want some better advice, don't waste your time or your money going back to school for Design, it's a complete waste of time and money. You do not need a degree in Graphic Design to become successful, you need skill and motivation. If your plan is to earn a degree get one in education, maybe you'll be able to teach Design in a High School one day down the road when you're tired of designing. I know that it's the move I wish I had made instead of going through 4 years of focused Design school. ;)

    Good luck!

    I really appreciate the time you took to give this advice!

    As far as schooling goes, I'm kinda already half way in the hole haha I only have 2 more years left so I may as well just finish it off. I know what you mean though, I kind of feel like doing projects in school will force me out of my comfort zone and try new things that I otherwise wouldn't have thought to do. I think this may help me grow and mature some more as an artist later.
  • MattisGentle

    Here are a few illustrations I did recently with Ink and marker that I am proud of:







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