Yesterday I was writing about how Neil Gaiman's commencement speech is a must watch for every creative person. In his speech Neil talks about how you should never be afraid to try new things. He talks about how whenever you are taking on a new venture, you do it by pretending to be a person who knows how to do it. I think this is genius. Because the only way you can ever learn how to do anything new is by doing it. Every time I start a new artwork for example, I have this little voice in my head saying, what if it doesn't turn out the way I want, or what if the final product doesn't resemble the vision I had in my head before I started? That's fear talking. It's something I believe every artist struggles with, but the only way to get over that fear is to just make the painting or drawing or piece of writing anyway. I always come back to this quote from Picasso:
This quote really helps a lot in those moments of self doubt.