Regardless of whether you call yourself an artist, designer, propmaker, hobbyist, or dabbler, everyone with the drive to create shares at least two things:
1) The ability to DESTROY a perfectly good workspace (Oh, yes – all caps).
2) A list of past projects that just didn’t turn out right.
Both are easy to accomplish, but the second item is the one that can stall your momentum. A project that falls apart can leave you feeling as if you’ve wasted valuable time and resources that could’ve been spent with your friends or family or pursuing other endeavors (or distractions) that might have been more rewarding. If you let those feelings take hold of your progress, you’ll find it increasingly difficult to feel inspired, complete projects, and even visit the workbench.
All art is, in some fashion, an experiment. You’re either playing around with colors and shapes or you’re trying out new techniques. And just like the mad scientists that came before, not every experiment turns out like the horrible little creature you’re after. Sometimes you need a few failures to find your way through a process.
Maybe your mix was too thin the first time. Maybe you didn’t let your project dry long enough before you sealed it. Maybe you should’ve used gloves – like everyone said you should – before you grabbed that can of Great Stuff (and possibly thought through your decision to spray foam in your living room a bit longer). Figuring out where you went wrong makes the process easier the next time around.
I like to call working through a failure “dirt time.” It’s the time and energy you put into your craft to develop the skill and comfort level to work quickly and tackle bigger projects. And by the sound of it, you should be able to tell that you’re going to have to get dirty, make a few mistakes, and be willing to do it all again tomorrow.
Don’t let a failure throw you off your course. The best revenge you can take on a tough project or technique is to master it and put it to good use.
KingUnicorn is a guest blogger here at Grimvisions you can see more of his work at http://kingunicorn.blogspot.com/