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Dedication to a New Year

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 4:39 PM





        

        










Nuances of an Annual Ritual
















Which brings us to each year’s communal celebration of the passing of our lifetimes:

New Year’s Eve



So what did you “actually get done” in the past year? How closer are you to a grand goal in life? An assessment is made and then the inevitable Step 2 of the yearly process is engaged, which is often a word for word repeat of last year’s Step 2:

The New Year’s Resolution











There seem to be two main strategies that emerge at this point of facing the New Year, a “brand new morning.”  The lone wolf quietly acknowledges goals not yet reached, and is even more secretive in the “new plan.”  “I’ll show them,” becomes the new private mantra.  It works for some people, but my experience has been that I’m splurging on Star Wars memorabilia by Valentine’s Day.


I’ve found that rather than making secret contracts with myself, a much higher success rate is always achieved as a combination of two other elements.












Pablo Picasso













To a truly worthy vision, maybe even one that cannot be achieved in a year, but in a lifetime, is just the sort of quest that engages the starving soul so much more than the common shaving a few digits off of the weight scale. (I personally implemented the "no cookie left behind" program this holiday season so I might want to think about that one too.) But the truth is, New Year’s comes but once a year. It would seem better to me to go big or not at all. Pick projects of real importance in your life – ones that require the more personal attention and dedication to the better.




Should not be a dirty word in the strategies of personal achievement. It has been my experience that the more genuinely useful support I’ve received from the like-minded (as well as the merely curious) has always gone a long way to keeping my Big Picture from faltering. When the potholes in the road forward begin to resemble archeological digs, as it seems they usually do, there’s nothing more heartening in being able to take it all in stride than a word of admiration, advice or encouragement from a fellow dA community member.











In his book "Outliers" Malcolm Gladwell outlines the 10,000-Hour Rule, the thought being that spending ten thousand hours practicing a particular discipline is necessary for mastery of that skill. He also brings up the importance of support in the from family, friends, and mentors in the ultimates success of an individual. No one achieves the highest summit's of success alone. No one. Even the most unique vision requires the nurture of human camaraderie if it is to be developed to it's fullest potential and efficacy.








I find myself thinking about recent achievements as well as a grand vision currently in formation here at deviantART, and how much the atmosphere of this community – how much dedication to art and artists, and how much they are supported and support each other – and I can’t wait to see where life will take all of us in this new year.  A tough statement to put out there, considering the unbearable horrors that have recently rained down in our world from weather catastrophes, classroom atrocities, civil wars and the violence related to a radically altered political landscape around the world.  But it’s true.  I am still hopeful.  I am still ready to rededicate my dreams on New Year’s Eve. I’m not sure I’d be making that statement were I not now ensconced and engaged in the deviantART community.  But as Kurt Vonnegut used to say, “So it goes.”





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For the Reader




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Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not?




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Does a goal achieved with the help and support of friends in any way diminish the power of that achievement, or does it become something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation?




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What’s the most farfetched resolution you’ve ever declared?




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What is your yearly resolution that has still never been achieved?




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Do you think it helps to rededicate oneself to a cause, no matter how large or small, regardless of how many times the attempt has failed?




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Can you share with us the personal discipline system that works for you as an artist in bringing your work to a next level?




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More specifically do you have any tips for those of us balancing multiple responsibilities along with our creative endeavors?









New Year's resolutions are often secret and private -- a contract made with yourself. But what if you could increase the chance of your resolution becoming a success by incorporating a combination of two other important elements: discipline and success.
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Sly-Mk3 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Happy New Year everyone!


To answer the questions:

1 - Sometimes. It depends on how many goals are on my to-do list. This year I didn't make any because I still have some from last year that I have to realize.

2 - It depends on the goal, but in most cases, yes. Especailly if it is something that has to do with (traditional) art, I feel bad because I was not able to do it completely myself, that's why I do such stuff mostly without any help. If it has to do with level design/mapping and level editing, help is welcome though since it is a more technical "art-style" (officially not considered art where I am from though, an opinion, which I simply refuse accept, it's just as much art as any other form of 3-dimensional art. That it is made for a game doesn't matter to me, infact I consider that harder because you have to create pretty visuals with good gameplay while pure 3D art is "just" about the visuals and composition). Bugs MUST be found before the project hits its final stage or people will be angry and for that kind of bughunting I have a certian set of testers which I met through the mapping/level designing scene. If it is traditional art, it would not feel as if I accomplished it myself, I prefer the privacy of the "development stage" until it is finished and usually only then show off what I have made to ask for feedback to try again later (which is part of the discipline question below (6)).

3 - That is private, but I never really expected that it would work anyway as this is not within my powers.

4 - It has to do with 3.

5 - Since I am stubborn, yes. If something doesn't work out as I wanted it to, I give it a new try and redraw it from scratch! In fact, I first wanted to directly draw my drawing of the Christmas Girl in my gallery without investing too much time in a sketch so I drew a skeleton and then the simple shapes - but then I accidentally smeared it and so I decided: "Whatever, this is just a sketch, next one will be the real thing" and the next one was the real thing (at the moment just lineart though, f I mess that one up, I'll retry it again and again and again).

6 - Basically what I have mentioned at the end of answer 2. Additionally to that, I increase the level of difficulty gradually with every picture and I do that with different art styles and directions to expand my knowledge and to be flexible. If something doesn't work, I'll try again and again and again. I'm a stubborn person in that manner and don't give up until I get to create what I wanted to create. If people give negative feedback, I will try to do better next time or even remake the picture from scratch, if I start to dislike it myself.

7 - I suggest to try out what your limits are, this is important otherwise you won't be able to properly plan how to manage everything and you should also give art directions a go of which you previously thought "this is lame" or that didn't interest you at all. You might rediscover art that way and gain experience on a broader range. You will eventually even find out that a certain art style that you might have not even considered before is your strenght and you might fall in love with this art, one, that you can finish fast and with a pretty result which you are satisfied with. If private life gets in the way of the artist life, you might have to make a proper time schedule and if there is little spare-time left, try it with an "art day", for example on the weekend when you sit down and just draw.

Have a nice year everyone and may your resolutions work out!
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footinadream Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
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1-yes
2-it depends on who is helping and how they are "helping".
3-to get into a very good masters program. also, to form an institution bent on encouraging activism in art and an anti-anger/violence/hatred art movement. the later seems far fetched right now, but I'm sure I'll learn how to do it better as I work towards it.
4-to read more books
5-yes, I think it's super important to forgive yourself and rekindle a belief in yourself
6-If you have an idea, don't just do one painting and move on to the next, do a series of pieces. It helps bring context and conveys importance. also, "kill your darlings", stripping myself bare and starting over is something I do every so often to strengthen the concepts in individual pieces and in my direction as a whole.
7-drawing something, anything, daily helps to get in the art zone. don't become a fanatic about it though, I actually got tendinitis from being too strict about that and pushing myself to hard. I guess I would say to just do what you are able to do, and listen to your body. if you make a resolution to do a speed paint everyday, but your hands/arms are telling you no, then stop.
Happy New Year!!!!
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icrazy3477 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not?
I don't normally, because it seems like a waste of my time. If I decide to do something ahead of time, it never gets done, so most decisions to lose weight or something like that are spur of the moment

2. Does a goal achieved with the help and support of friends in any way diminish the power of that achievement, or does it become something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation?
The more the merrier I always say, instead of forcing myself to do something, I force my friends to do it with me and it becomes more fun than tedious. :nod:

3. What’s the most farfetched resolution you’ve ever declared?
Upload more on DeviantART. Lol, I know it's terrible, but I'm in the last few stages of high school so I'm trying to focus on getting my work done and getting into my colleges of choice. :shakefist:

4. What is your yearly resolution that has still never been achieved?
Eh, see the answer above. :blush:

5. Do you think it helps to rededicate oneself to a cause, no matter how large or small, regardless of how many times the attempt has failed?
Well, I try every year, and I seem to get better at it every time I try. One of these days though I'll make it a regular thing. ^^;

6. Can you share with us the personal discipline system that works for you as an artist in bringing your work to a next level?
No music. No internet. No Books. I know lots of people find inspiration in music and the like but it's a distraction. Sit in a room by yourself and remove as many distractions from your field of vision as possible and get started.

7. More specifically do you have any tips for those of us balancing multiple responsibilities along with our creative endeavors?
I know this doesn't help but find your own balance. I learn easily and my teachers know that, so for most of the class period I sit and draw after they know I've gotten the concept. That won't work for everyone, so maybe you can set aside some time just for drawing, writing, painting, etc. :floating:
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sarani-chan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Artist
1. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not?
Generally no, cause I can't think of any that I really think I would see through :lol: Plus you don't have to make a New Year's resolution to make changes throughout your year ^^

2. Does a goal achieved with the help and support of friends in any way diminish the power of that achievement, or does it become something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation?
I think it makes it more memorable in lots of ways, but there can be satisfaction in making something happen with just your strength :) Just depends on the situation I guess

3. What’s the most farfetched resolution you’ve ever declared?
Hmmm that's tough XD I can't really remember, cause I haven't made one in several years, and I forget stuff easy. Another reason not to do the resolution things. I would just conveniently forget haha

4. What is your yearly resolution that has still never been achieved?
Hmm actively going out of my way to lose weight, like getting more exercise, dieting and stuff like that. I have no will power XD Maybe I should make a resolution to fix that?

5. Do you think it helps to rededicate oneself to a cause, no matter how large or small, regardless of how many times the attempt has failed?
Yes, if you have a goal than you should strive for it :) You just have to recognize when you would be hurting yourself too much to reach your goals, and possibly lose more than you gain. There is always a place someone should draw the line.

6. Can you share with us the personal discipline system that works for you as an artist in bringing your work to a next level?
Hmm I don't think I really have one at the moment XD I guess I try to take my time, and look my work over before moving onto the next step. I also ask for lots of input from others, since a fresh perspective can really help your work.

7. More specifically do you have any tips for those of us balancing multiple responsibilities along with our creative endeavors?
Just remember not to let yourself become too overwhelmed, and learn to take a breather once in a while :) Become good at time management and self-discipline.
Ahh if only I followed my own advice more often :lmao:
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joyfullyblessed Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Answers to questions above:

1). I do make New Year's resolutions. I have made terrible decisions long before and resolutions make me feel that I can redeem myself.

2). It depends on how my friends helped or supported me. If they did it by doing something I could have done for myself it diminishes it but if they just gave me words of encouragement, reminders, or helped me with things I could not do on my own then it makes reaching the goal more memorable and special.

3). I do not remember the most farfetched resolution I have ever made.

4). My yearly resolution that still has never been achieved is to make a business with my art.

5). It does help to rededicate to a cause. Every time a person fails to reach her goal she learns what else not to do next time

6). To bring my work to the next level I experiment and look at the works of others. When looking at the works of others I decide which works are better than mine and make works that compete with them or I may see works that inspire me to make more art which gives me more practice.

7). When balancing multiple responsibilities along with creative endeavors time management is most important. It is best to get the other responsibilities out of the way so that you can fully focus on your artistic goals when you take time out to work on them.
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maryg4 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
havn't decide wat to do yet... And i Draw a crapy drawing sorry but happy new years!!!!
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KMTwiddley-Wings Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
My resoultion is to start consentrating on my school work and not chatting with friends here all the time.
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maryg4 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
that wat my sis did for last year
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PurpleHope Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll resume my new year resolution : be a better artist :)

Happy new year deviants !
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maryg4 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
i guess i could try that
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