Jennifer Pitcockis creating Art
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When I make a thing (drawing, painting, 3D model/sculpt, etc.), I'll post hi-res images for Patrons only, plus WIPs, sketches, references, background info, and commentary on the process--what I was trying to do, where it went wrong (because it always does), how I got to where I did in the end, and all the wonderful, painful, fun, and frustrating bits in between.
And that's okay.
My goal isn't merely to get more eyeballs on my own artwork. Ultimately, I want to help other people who also--like me--have no idea what they're doing to feel more comfortable with that, to know they're not alone, and to understand that none of us actually knows what the hell we're doing---but we can still go ahead and do it anyway...and have fun doing it...and make a difference in the world by doing it.
A few years ago on his blog, Neil Gaiman posted this message (emphasis mine):
"...if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.Or, if you prefer the classics, there's also Aristotle, who said, "For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them."
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it."
So here's to doing, making, creating, flailing, stumbling, bumbling, and whatever other graceful or non-graceful ways we can find to bring forth something new out of the nothingness that was. To quote the always encouraging Mr. Gaiman again, "The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before."