Monday, August 21, 2017

Debunking the "Create Everyday Or You'll Never Be an Artist" Myth

March 2016 versus March 2017.

Yes, I really did that. I went from silly squiggles to art-art in a year.

I did it through applying myself rigorously—but not by doing art every day, much less for hours on end.

Every moment that is available to me to create art is rare, precious, and short. Time for creating art is not an infinite resource; far from it.

Thus every time I did art, I was hungry to explore as much as I could in so short a time. To fulfill this hunger, I had to go beyond my comfort zone every single time. Even if I fail, I learn something to put to use the next time I get to create.

The problem with scheduling large amounts of time to create art is that you lose the urgency to learn. If I knew I could paint for even just two hours a day every day, I would not be as hungry for knowledge every time. As a result, the signal-to-noise ratio of what I learn is extremely high.

This method also avoids art burnout to a large extent.

Ava Jarvis is an ink and watercolor artist with a portfolio site at If you found this post useful, consider a one-time tip or supporting Ava on Patreon.