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Top 3 Things I’ve Learned As Mentally Ill Creative

All creative people have their ups and downs. We all sometimes lose our motivation, search for new inspiration and so on. But being creative person with mental illness is slightly different.

So, what I have learned being aspiring creative and mentally ill for 12 years? I want to share top 3 things to do or not to do, if you and I have something common.

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#1 Do not be harsh on yourself

I know, I know! You must be rolling your eyes right now, because it is so basic advice, but, for some reason, most aspiring creatives (including me) do not listen to it and by that completely ruin their self-esteem sometimes. If you did something wrong (how only you may think) don’t punish yourself and don’t think: “I am a loser”. Your failures don’t define who you are, remember that! When I was playing a chess in a team in high school times, I remember my coach saying: “To win one game, you must lose a hundred”. And it is totally true. Practice makes perfect – is one more thing to remember.

#2 Choose the right moment

This was a huge revelation for me on some point of my life. I have a rule, which I wrote in my journal: “Do not start learning or doing something new, if you have a bad mood or you have another episode of you illness.” If you start to learn a new skill (and creative people always tend to learn something new), choose the moment when you are inspired, motivated and calm, – I learned it the hard way. In other case you will feel horrible if something goes wrong or you don’t succeed. If you must learn a new skill in order to create something for your creative business or even a hobby, find the best time for that.

#3 Do things in bulk

This is the pretty simple. This tip will especially will help those, who have a creative business, like Etsy shop or other type of creative income streams. When you feel uplifted, inspired and in good mood, do the things you must to do on a regular basis in a bulk. In this case you will not have to worry about some things you can’t do for your business, if you feel down. For instance, if you have a bunch of good photos for your Instagram business account, you can easily post one of them, even if you aren’t in mood to create creative and quality content. Simple trick which you can use.

So, now you know a few simple lessons I learned in my life of aspiring creative person. I still experience some bad moments not only in my personal life overall, but even in my business because of the fight we all must face. But unless we are dead, we all are a winners, don’t we?

If you love inspiring artwork and motivational quotes that help to get through some rough times, check out my Etsy shop Jara Creations and also my Instagram.

Have a nice day!

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MY CREATIVE PROCESS (with pictures)

In this article I would love to share with you behind-the-scenes of my creations. This is quite personal for me because nobody ever had seen me working on my creative art projects. So, let’s dive in!

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Preparation

Every creative process starts with inspiration and gathering ideas. Also I love to create a right vibes and atmosphere in my workplace to stay motivated till the end of my working process. Ideas for my illustrations usually comes from watching high fashion designer’s fashion shows on YouTube. This is also where I get most of my inspiration. Pinterest is also a great place where I look for ideas, I love to create mood boards which help me to stay inspired throughout the entire process of working on some project. Fashion magazines is a great option to gather some ideas and see some trending items. But how do these all ideas materialize? Let’s find out!

Actual creative process

When idea came to mind it is now time to sketch it on paper. I use pencils to sketch my ideas in my old sketch book which physical condition is not appropriate to show publicly. 🙂

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After that I use sharpie to create bold line over a fashion figure before I copy that on other piece of paper using lightbox.

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Sketch I created in very beginning stays in my sketches collection. I keep them all. I don’t know why, but there is something special in these sketches and I am emotionally drawn to them. Tell me in the comments below, am I the only one?

When sketch is transferred to drawing paper, starts my favorite part – coloring that fashion figure. My favorite coloring part is when I draw figure’s skin. I literally can feel how this pale sketch gets a light tan and becomes alive in front of my eyes.

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Usually I use coloring or watercolor pencils, but often I combine it with some watercolor and even gouache to get more bright and dense color.

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That’s how my creative process looks like. Of course this is only “the top of iceberg.” Most of creative process happens in our brains and we can’t see that or understand completely.

Very soon (in June) you will be able to purchase this or other my illustrations in my Etsy shop, but for now you can get a 20% discount coupon code for your first purchase in my Etsy shop. Get it HERE!

Thank you for reading this, have a nice day!