Hey everyone! This is my first blog post. For a while I was using Tumblr for a blog then it was Wordpress, which for some reason I wasn't as into as other people, and now I'm trying out the Squarespace blog! I've tested it before while posting my webcomic POWER NAP, which is sort of on hiatus even though it's only been a few months since I started it. I tried making a webcomic thinking I would like the whole web comic experience, but for some reason I ran into a lot of pressure to be funny and all of a sudden my fun short comics I would do in my spare time became stressful.
I have been doing that a lot recently. Trying new things to branch out and finding they might not be for me. Don't get me wrong, I still plan on posting comics from time to time, but in a more casual way.
But back to trying new things: I recently tried something new where I took my usual gouache medium and added some colored pencils to them for a sort of mixed media play. It was a lot of fun and I found myself getting excited to work on it rather than getting excited for the finished piece, which is something I haven't felt in a while when it comes to art. I get that way when I'm writing, but I think I've gotten into a bit of a rut when it comes to personal art projects. Here's the finished piece I'm taking about:
Do you all get that way? I don't always but usually when I do, it's a sign of something. I took it as a sign I needed to evolve my art and branch into new techniques. Maybe my work became too stagnant and I wasn't challenging myself enough. I'm not sure. What I do know is switching up my medium and not exactly knowing what the piece wold look like when it was finished was exactly what I needed!
Working this way seems much more intuitive, which resonates with me a lot. I find that to be the most fun way to work. If you believe in the whole Myers Briggs thing, the personality type I test as (INFP) seems to match with this idea as well. If you don't, that's fine too! I just seem to mesh better with more intuitive ways of working than exact more planned out ways.
Do you all like to work more intuitive or more planned? What do you all do when you feel like you're in a rut?