How to cure “No-Planning Syndrome” The Deadly Artist Plague.

I’d love to start off this post by sugar-coating things for you and telling you that if you just keep drawing, painting, and working, then all of your dreams will come true.

However, that’s not exactly the case; creation without direction is sadly, often wasted.

How many times have you sat down for hours working on a piece when you felt inspired, only to end up struggling through the process, and absolutely HATING the result?

It’s this kind of pain that keeps many artists running away from their workstations. There’s a special kind of hurt we experience when a piece fails rather miserably.

Some artists are good at working through this pain, others…well…They stop drawing for days, weeks, months, and sometimes even years.

This is a plague for artists. A plague I call: “No-Planning Syndrome.”

All artists have experienced No-Planning Syndrome from time to time, and often we get recurring bouts of it if we’re not careful.

When you’re inspired to work, that’s a wonderful feeling, but the feeling in and of itself is not the only ingredient you need in order to create at your best.

You also need a plan, a guideline that you can count on to push that creative energy through the right channels.

This is a sample from my most recent tutorial.

It basically shows that I had not only an idea, but a process to bring that idea to a more powerful realization.

Was it outside my comfort zone? Yes.

Did it take over 10 hours to complete? Yes.

Did I still make mistakes and fail a couple times during the process? Yes.

However, the main point is that I wasn’t succumbing to “No-planning syndrome.” I had a plan, and this plan kept me focused enough to complete one of my strongest works to date.

If it isn’t entirely obvious by now that there’s an easy cure to “No-planning Syndrome.” I’ll spell it out:

Plan your works before bringing them to a finish.

Thumbnail, sketch, ideate, configure, re-draw.

Don’t just go with your first idea! Keep refining it, start asking yourself questions about the piece, and answering them in your mind and on the canvas.

Form a clear mental picture of what you’re trying to accomplish. This will save you hours of work and kick aside pangs of uncertainty.

There will always be self-doubt during the process, there will still be failure, however, you’re far less likely to waste time and energy if you merely do a little prep work.

Your favorite artists are the ones who have disciplined themselves to use a process, and to plan to varying degrees to ensure that they succeed.

There you have it. You now have a name for this painful artist affliction, and you have a way to cure it that only requires a little self-discipline and additional patience.

I know you have it in you. Don’t spend weeks spinning your wheels and noodling about, just spend 15-20 minutes working on the idea, and then move onto the actual execution.

That’s all for now, Power Painter! Talk soon.

Happy Creating,


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