Keeping motivated when the demons are restless


The further I get into this project, the more doubts arise, such as:

  • It’s a stupid idea.

  • The characters are totally wrong for a children’s book.

  • You can’t draw for beans. Actually, the demons say, “What an embarrassing load of shit!”

  • You wasted a lot of money on that iMac and that iPad. And all of that expensive watercolor paint you don’t use.

  • You’re picking the wrong colors. Learn some color theory, asshole!

  • The dialog doesn’t have a arc. The plot is flat. I’m falling asleep! ZZzzzzzzz.

And so on. But, I also had a thought this afternoon that if I were a kid, I’d like this story because it’s different. I like the ugly butterfly because he’s kind of a rebel. When I had this positive feeling, that’s when the chorus of negative thoughts arose. My tactic now is to just say, “Thank you, whiny voices. ” Then I get back to work and the next thing I know, I’m immersed in my drawings.

Here’s one of today’s piecesa

boasting butterfly, children's book