Inspiration: the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something creative.
Here’s my theory: Inspiration is the state of being when the desire to create something specific is greater than any apprehension of possible failure. Just wanting to create isn’t enough, because you can still be paralyzed by the blank canvas/page.
Inspiration is just not caring about messing up, because you really want to make that thing. So how do you harness that? How do you make inspiration appear?
For me lately, I treat inspiration as pure happenstance. Something that is great when it happens, but non-essential when it doesn’t. I treat inspiration as a luxury.
And weirdly enough, this seems to make inspiration appear. Not caring about inspiration makes it happen.
Inspiration is when you just make and not care, which means if you just don’t care, it’ll come. What.
I’ve spent a lot of time on my comic, René, trying to come to grips with it/her, and to figure out why I’m even making that world. Why bother? Why do I bother coming back to it? And no, “Because Amadeo” is not a good reason. It’s a reason. But not a good one.
Then I started asking different questions: What else would I do? What other story would I draw? Would it be any better? Would it go more smoothly?
The fact of the matter is that I tend to treat all projects the same. If I’m not super hyped to work on it, I just don’t and I’ve gotten burned so many times by that attitude. My worst fault in art is that I really want to make it, but the work/effort of making it even when I don’t feel like it… that’s what puts me off.
So I’ve been stepping back from René, and my other self-published works-in-progress. It doesn’t just take time and effort. It takes self-made inspiration, and that inspiration only comes when you work without inspiration. Is René worth that massive amount of “trying”? I think so. At least… she will be worth it when I get ‘er done.