Friday, 30 September 2016

Follow Your Path

My friend posted something on Facebook which not only made my little animation heart smile, but also made me reflect a bit. It's about following your own path. This is the post, by artist Lily Williams

There is Only One You. Follow Your Path.
There is Only One You. Follow Your Path.

I think it speaks to everyone, on some level, but it definitely speaks to me as artist working in a CG environment. I feel that we're constantly being barraged with success stories from our peers of their new independent short film, indie games and all sorts of other creative work. Whilst this is a lovely thing, and gives you a feeling and sense of inspiration and brings you a little extra creative spark... sometimes, it also leaves me with a feeling of inadequacy and mental turmoil of "why aren't I spending every spare second I have making more animations or creating my own artwork".

And the truth is, after a long day in the studio, sometimes the last thing I want to do is stare at another screen doing more animation. And that's ok. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. That's ok.

I like the mantra "comparison is the thief of all joy", and in these sort of scenarios, it's true. Just because someone else is churning out brilliant work, like a machine, doesn't mean that you're going to be judged any less for not doing the same.

Enjoy the work others create, celebrate it, share it...but don't feel ashamed or guilty for being far from the finish-line (or start, for that matter) of your own personal project. Take your time. Enjoy your life. Follow your path in the speed and effort that's right for you. It's your journey, do it however you see fit.

For more of Lily William's brilliant art, check out Lily's website, or her Facebook page.

Marc x

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