Sometimes you just have to make crap

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Everyonce in a while I get inspired. It’s going to be the next “big thing”. 5 minutes later, I’m sitting on the couch wishing how that next “big thing” could have worked out? Why didn’t that next “big thing” work out, you ask? Because the first 5 minutes didn’t turn out the way I wanted them to.

Growing up we are given conflicting messages. At school we hear “if at first you don’t succeed, try again.” In sports we hear “practice makes perfect.” But in every other walk of life we hear “If you’re not going to do it right, why try.” This gets stuck with you. It eats away at your work, and the more you hear the more you believe it. It take over your own workflow until you can only spend 5 minutes on a project before you throw your hands up in frustration.

The point is… you have to make crap. Not only do you have to make crap before you can make something beautiful, but you have to set out to make crap. You actually have to say to yourself “SELF!!! Today, I’m going to make crap. It’ll be a horrendous pile of dung I would not server to my own mother on her deathbed, but it will be made by me. I will labor, sweat, toil, and fret about this crap, but I am going to make it, and it will make me proud to have done so. For I will not know what I am capable of unless I can fling the poo of my own brain dripping onto the canvas of awesomeness, thereby validating my own existence.”

Sometimes you just gotta make crap.

Volcano by Moonlight

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4 Responses

  1. Agree. One of my instructors had a thing like this: your brain contains 1 million bad drawings, and you just have to get them all out of the way. I subscribe to this notion 100%.

    Having said that, this drawing is not crap. So get back out there and make some rubbish.

    1. It’s not the act of drawing that is crap, it’s the product. We have to let the end product be what it is. If it’s crap, it’s crap, but at least it was made.

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