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Hard Working Artist isn't Very Smart



Working hard is exactly what it sounds like, it is burdening yourself by doing something very hard. Saddly I've found that hard work in the litterail sense not only gets a person nowhere, in some cases it can deplete them to a point where they can forget about getting any results. Maybe you've heard the saying “do what you love and you will never work a day in your life”, it's a saying that I couldn't understand until I started living it. Almost my whole life I have been doing artwork, but the work part of artwork has been nothing short of a misnomer. Since childhood drawing was something I enjoyed doing, producing works of art (some of which were better than others) but work and effort of the words I would have never even considered using to discribe my creative process.

I'm the first person to say that people need to produce results if they want to do well in life. But there is a big difference between putting in effort and getting results out of it. I've done plenty of things where I put in tremendus effort and got not only no results, but in some cases less than no results. I've also done things in my life were effortless (or at least felt effortless) and got results far bigger and better than I had thought were even possible with or without great effort.

Since anyone looking at my art“work” doesn't care which picture took me less than 5 minutes to produce, and which one I spent hours on. What anyone looking at the gallery pages cares about is what I produced with that less than 5 minutes to several hours. Ignoring the fact that the word work is still a complete misnormer to discribe the creative process that I use to produce art“work”, when I started espdigiart.com I realized that the phrase “working” smart was the way to go.

I have some rules I work by, always preserve all the original layers - be it by duplicating layers or images, making a new layer from an existing visuable one, never throw away an orginal design element because once you throw it away you lose the ablity to reuse that part of the existing picture in a future picture.

Sometimes I reuse these older design elements in the pictures by using the orginal pictures to reverse engineer my own art"work" and do something different but similar in a newer picture and other times...well I can work smart or I can work hard and I tend to prefer working smart. I can spend several hours creating a planet, or a wolf, or a dragon, or whatever else and if I've preservered the orginal design elements completely I what that means is that I can then change one small things and create a dragon, or wolf, or planet, or whatever else that is similar and save myself several hours of creating something that really would still have fairly similar and might not have been as good. And sometime believe it or not I reverse engineer my pictures straight out of my orginal design elements for the tutorails you might find on espdigiart.com.

Being able to reverse engineer, or reuse components within my art“work” not only saves me time, but it means that I am able to then proceed to use that same amount of time to produce more art with the same amount of time, and save time when I write my tutorails (again allowing me to produce more with less time). There is quality and quanity, but putting since putting in more time has never garenteed that a person will produce either one. The smartest thing a person can do in any business (including the arts) is seek to produce the best results possible in the shortest period of time.

In any career path it makes perfect sense for everyone to be doing everything they can to tip the odds in their favor. Anything from commons-sense things improving their skills regualarly, to using their time wisely, playing to their strengths, to the slightly more obscure or less conventionally accepted techniques like reprograming your subconious, and wearing good luck charms.
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