I hope everyone had a good new years eve, that there were very few hangovers going into 2018, and that the first day treated you with the same courtesy you give to someone you just met.
I don't know what the year will bring, but I encourage you (and myself) to employ an art philosophy this year conveyed to me by a wise friend:
Seriously. Screw it.
Is it bad? Who cares!
Has it been done already? Probably, but who cares! Give it your own spin!
Scared that someone won't like it? Who cares! Draw it anyway!
Scared your proportions are off? Background looks like a last minute slap on job? Absolutely nothing seems to be working? Who cares! Making something that might be crappy is better than making nothing at all!
You gotta reach the point where you don't care about it being perfect anymore -because it'll never be perfect- and accepting that it'll be art because you made it. You made something! You brought it into the world like a slightly less glamourous baby!
You'll be drawing. That's the hardest part. Not the editing (as much as that love-hate relationship persists) but the actual act making that first line is scary. Staring at a blank canvas for hours/days/weeks/months is scary. And freeing! And awful! And amazing! It's all of the emotions in varying degrees because that's what art is. It's emotion.
So, go out there and make your art! Enjoy it! Know that whatever you do, you're the only one that could do it; however horrible or marvellous you believe it to be.
Just you. No one else.
So that's my 2018 prep talk. I'll see you in next years' journal entry!