Motivational Monday: Single Tasking

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I found today’s motivational message to be very helpful. It speaks directly to my weakness. I’ll copy/paste it here, but I suggest that you sign up for the list yourself. Also go find Ryan Kingslien on any form of social media you can and add/follow/subscribe to him. He’s an amazing artist and an even better motivator.

 

In the distraction-rich environment that we work and play in today it’s easy to forget that FOCUS is one of our super-powers. Linear FOCUS on the steps and THE WORK that matters makes all the difference in the world when we are creating.

One tool that we can use to get better at this is: SINGLE TASKING.

Pushing That Drug

Ever switch over to Facebook to check a message only to “wake up” about 30 minutes later and wonder why you’re looking at a video of a guy sneaking up on people at the beach showers to add shampoo to their hair? What was I doing before checking that message?

You’re on the DRIP of DOPAMINE.

One study showed that multi-tasking could lower your IQ by as much as 15 points to return you to an 8th grade level not to mention the cognitive load that switching from one task to another creates on the brain.

Today, we know that human are built for single tasking but distraction is a multi-billion dollar business today and there are a few undisputed kings. Facebook being one of them.

The real problem with multi-tasking is not the IQ thing, though. It’s not the loss of time. It’s the addiction to DOPAMINE that comes with it.

When you switch from one small task to another small task like checking email, reading that cool facebook post, checking artstation, writing a message, etc you get a little hit of Dopamine… and it feels good… in the moment…

Are You Speed Dating Your Art Work?

Dopamine is not, though, FULFILLMENT. It is excitement.

Here’s the rub:

CREATING ART IS MORE LIKE MARRIAGE THAN LIKE DATING

Getting excited may get the conversation moving but it’s going to take a WHOLE LOT MORE before it becomes a successful marriage.

So, I have a question for you: Are you treating your art like a one-night stand? Are you that guy?

If you’re sitting around waiting for the perfect piece of art to spring from you’re hands, I’ve just met this Nigerian prince that needs your help…

What To Do

Turn OFF Facebook. Turn off your phone. Close your Inbox. Unplug your computer from the internet.

Do THIS not because you’ll finally be able to get some work done.

Do THIS because this is how you TRAIN your brain to do the REAL WORK that needs to be done. To push forward when the Dopamine is not coming. To stay focused, committed to your work when you’re not sure it’s even going to work out.

Do THIS because this is how you build real muscle into you abilities.

And sign up for Jason Martin’s character creation course for games HERE. It’s early registration so you save 25% if you sign up today but that ends May 29th.

Much Love,

Ryan

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Inspiring words for when you’re overly critical of your work.

Neill Cameron, a successful comic book artist, had some things to say on his twitter to young budding artists when he saw them tearing up their drawings…

 

“I was working recently with a bunch of kids who kept tearing up their own drawings in frustration, so I did something I’ve not done before. I talked honestly to a classroom full of children about how much I hate my own drawing. Okay, not the full extent. These kids ain’t ready to hear that. But that I do. They were kind of appalled and horrified and fascinated, but anyway, they stopped tearing up their drawings. As I attempted to explain it – and many of you reading this will know this already – when you make a drawing, there are two versions of it. There’s the version that exists in your head, and then there’s the version that ends up on paper. And because you can see both versions, you can’t help but compare them, and feel frustrated by the difference. But here’s the thing, and I think it’s easy to forget this: no-one else can see that first version. They can’t judge against it. They can only see, and judge, the version that exists on paper. And you know what, this sounds crazy, but they might actually like it, for what it is. They might think it’s cool that you made it.”

To be an artist is to hate everything you make, at least a little bit. Body builders have this concept called “chasing the pump.” For an hour or so after you lift weights, your muscles will look flexed and toned because they’re all pumped up. But here’s the thing, you can get as big as you want, but you’ll never be as big as your pump. Being an artist is the same way. The more you learn and grow as an artist, the more ideas you’ll have that are just beyond your abilities. The result is that you’ll ALWAYS feel inadequate as an artist, and that’s ok! As long as you recognize it. As soon as you grasp a rung of the ladder, your focus shifts to the next one.

That’s why you shouldn’t destroy you art work, even if you think it sucks. Even if it DOES suck! Objectively! Because in the future, when you don’t suck, you’ll still feel like you do, and it’ll be encouraging to look back and see how far you’ve come.

“I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.” Leonardo da Vinci