I realized this a little while ago, panicked and took on so much that I couldn't cope. This meant I constantly let myself down because I didn't complete anything. My confidence shot, I withdrew again and even stopped drawing for a little bit. (Never OK by the way.)
Without the supportive network of like-minded people I simply stopped. I run on praise and other people's approval, not good.
Then I did one very important thing. I joined my local Roller Derby Team, Severn Roller Torrent. This crazy, fast, terrifying, exhilarating and, most importantly, supportive sport made something click in me. For the first time (in forever..) I found real self belief. And this wonderful thing has fed back into my work.
I signed up to Magic Box, an online digital art class run by Chris Oatley. (If you're interested in seeing my first assignment go to my pintrest.) I listen to animation podcasts; Skwigly, Guys with Pencils and Paper Wings to name a few. (It's amazing how inspiring listening to these amazing people is.)
I have set myself REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS that I will complete.
And step by step, I will make myself into the artist I want to be.
If you have read all of this... thank you. It has taken me a long time to get to this point.
...now have some @Sketch_Dailies art as a reward.