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How do artists deal with stress?
How do artists deal with stress?
  • Not confident? Yes! You are on the right path!
  • “Good” and “Bad stress” are both your friends
  • All professional designers started a beginner
  • Use stress as your life and ‘creative career’ compass

Keith wants to become an animator in the next 5 to 10 years.

He’s now studying at a Science university.
Besides, he hustles making logos and various design projects.

It appeared logical to him to drop coding and start to enhance his sketching skills.
The main problems he faces are probably his lack of confidence and time management.

What is holding back is knowing there are plenty of steps to take to get there.
It seems far. Plus he still has to figure out the steps.

Practicing visual art

My first piece of advice is:

If he seriously wants to make his project happen, is to keep himself in motion.
Do not settle in that “paralyzed state” for too long wandering about what to do.

The longer the harder to get out of the “comfort zone”.
Don’t wait to feel ready to start.

Not confident? Yes! You are on the right path!

Create your “career map”

Keith has an ambitious project, but he’s still a beginner.

If Keith feels intimidated at starting his career project as a designer/animator – it is a good sign.

It is because becoming an artist is MEANINGFUL to him.

For example:
You like a girl. She’s obviously special to you.
You might feel hesitant or shy to go talk to her.

Even though, you know it would be fantastic to meet or know her more.
(While talking to a lambda person wouldn’t bother at all)

This is what I call the “GOOD STRESS”.
What matter then, will be the actions you decide to take.

TIP I learned from Simon Sinek:
If you feel stressed, instead of telling yourself: “I’m stressed”!
Replace it with “I’m excited”!

“Good” and “Bad stress” are both your friends

Listen to both good and bad stress
  • “Good stress” feels magical.
    It is telling you that it’s worth pushing your limit!
  • While “Bad stress” makes you feel small.
    You feel like hiding. This feeling might actually want to help you. Bad stress is not your enemy!
    It may indicate that a path is not for you. It is like preventing you from potential danger or burnout ahead.

    Keith feels excited about animation but wonders if he could make it (good stress),
    while he’s not interested in coding and may end nowhere… (bad stress).

“The human brain tends to overestimate what we can do in short term, 
but underestimate the long-term projects.

So if by today, you start a long-term project and you don’t feel confident –
You might be on the right path!

All professional designers started a beginner

Every professional artist, designer, creator started as a beginner
Every professional artist, designer, creator started as a beginner

All pros started as a beginner.

Your confidence will build along the way.

The more you progress, the more you wanna learn.
You will naturally become more proficient and picky at your technique. 

You shouldn’t be too worried about it.
As long as you are consistent, focused, and love learning sharpening your art.

Just keep going and be better than yesterday. 

Some days during your learning journey you may stagnate for a while.
That’s fine. Others, you will boost exponentially from a simple new technique you learned. 

The unknown is part of the journey. 

But remember,

  • If you do nothing, you will 100% chance to stay at point 0.
  • If you try and give your best, you will go much further than you think able to!

Use stress as your life and ‘creative career’ compass

Compass of life and career decisions
Compass of life and career decisions

When you will become a professional artist/designer,
you will receive ambitious projects you might feel intimidated too!

  • Stress is a feeling you will have all along your career.
  • Try to use it as a compass in your decisions.
  • A “good stress” is often a green light signal.

We can’t know the obstacles or opportunities we’ll meet.
There is no point to try to plan them all in advance. That’s actually impossible.

And once again, trying so will paralyze you.

As an artist, designer, and creator,
trust yourself in your ability to navigate both the “chaos and beauty of life”.

Hope it helps!


Hello! I am a Product Designer from France.

If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my industrial design career, I believe that they can also help you reach your design goal as a student or professional.

My aim is to help you all along with your design projects and journey!

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