Hi, I set clear deadlines for all of my client art. I keep a list of a reasonable number of achievable goals for each day and I force myself to meet those deadlines. Beyond that, I squeeze in little projects that are fun when I feel like doing them. Unfortunately my personal projects don't get much attention, but at least the paying work always gets finished!
I've been in the same position where i just wasn't motivated enough to draw but i guess i force myself to start and then what do you know? 2 hours pass by. I would say do whatever is most comfortable for you. Art is supposed to be fun not stressful.
Exactly. Also, traditional art, in my opinion, is more exciting for me, and the hours REALLY tick by. When I'm doing digital, I constantly look at the clock since it's there. And then my mind starts wandering, and then I think about how bored I am lol! But I guess that's just all part of the process.
Well, if someone is waiting on a piece I generally find a way to inspire me. I'm constantly experimenting with color, technique, composition, and that really excites me. I know, art-nerd lol. But I take the request and bend it so that I can always try something new with it. I actually find that sort of process to be far better for me and the requester than anything else.
But Rovanna is right. If you're making yourself anxious or frustrated over requests, then maybe it's time to take a break. Instead of doing requests maybe do some contest entries. You get more freedom with them, but you still have a goal, which is good.
You're right, I probably should have tried something new with it. I think part of my problem is I always do pretty much the same thing. Thank you! Gosh, doing a contest entry sounds so good right now! ^-^ When I finish my last request I'll probably do one.