Deviant art has served as an incredible reminder of how humbling the process of creating art can be. I've been "inactive" for months now and by that I mean I haven't had any work, aside from a few photographs, posted on my little corner of the site. Regardless, I made it a part of my routine to constantly check the site for all the new pieces being uploaded daily. It's a wonderfully saddening thing really; to glaze over so many other's work.
I found myself envying anyone who had time to sit and create without the rigors of everyday life. Since moving to San Francisco, life has found a way to pull me in directions the complete opposite of my creative needs. As anyone who has had the guts to call themselves an artist can attest, sitting down to sketch can be disheartening. What manifested itself on paper - the process of composing a piece that is - can be immensely frustrating. I sat back down in front of my drafting table and what was just a simple sketching session became a stark realization that I've neglected one of most beloved forms of escapism and most important expression methods.
The question reminded as to how to solve this problem. My answer was to designate time to close myself off and jump back into the fold. Noise-canceling headphones are to become my trusted companions once again. The hell with emails, text messages, Tweets, and whatever else that consumes my time. If I've learned anything from the past 5 years its that time waits for no one. No more waiting around for my schedule to clear up.
Every Sunday starting today I will be disconnecting from the world and concentrating on drawing. No excuses, no compromises, no more wasting time.