I'd love for more people to start talking about the fear of unoriginality - I would love advice and experiences of other creatives - even reassurance that it happens to the best of us. For now I'll keep working and developing and uploading. Incidentally, if you're interested in my work, I recently started an illustration blog!
So I'm now into my second year of graphic design. This year is the year where you work out who you are, where you are and where you want to go. It's exciting and it's the part that really feels like you're doing something worthwhile, building yourself up. It was this year that I've found myself leaning towards illustration, so I decided that my style was really something I needed to start honing, inside and outside of uni.
Working alongside friends with similar goals has been rewarding and overwhelming. Suddenly, the entire world of illustration can seem pretty huge and full of original though and talent. I wanted to talk a little about something I'm calling The Artist's Fear. By which I mean, the fear of not being original. I think this is a feeling that a lot of creatives come across, and I'm sure it is fuelled in a big way by the internet and the increasing availability of other people's work.
This fear left me throwing down my paintbrush and sobbing down the phone/into the shoulder of my boyfriend many a night, and it really sucks. The issue is when you start looking to other artist's work for 'how to do it', when really you ought to be developing your own way to do it, and the fear of looking like you copied someone sets in.
I'm still struggling with The Fear, which is why I chose to write this post. Trying to set up my Etsy shop, I have been really critical of my work, really afraid of being unoriginal and have severely limited what I would consider uploading due to this fear. I don't have a solution to this problem, but what I have found to be useful is to look beyond what you are doing. My tutors always encourage it - find inspiration for type in things that are not type. Draw the first thing you see in front of you. Leave your desk and get out. Ultimately, be your own inspiration - use pinterest as inspiration, not a guide. .