Recently, I wrote about my 2014 Daily Doodle project and shared a lot of positives from the experience. Albeit few, I have had some negative experiences and feel it's important to share them as well.
Recently, my doodles have sparked a lot of interest in tattoo design, as well as other unique projects, all of which I've been excited about. I feel truly blessed that so many enjoy them and that it has either sparked a little creativity in themselves or that they are interested in hiring me for a project. Here come the negatives... which, there are really only two.
Time? What is that?
Keeping up with the daily doodle is definitely a challenge. Some days, I just don't feel like drawing or my social life is a little busier, so I have had to let the doodles go for a day or two and then catch back up. I have to remind myself to enjoy my life and not obsess about this linger deadline that I have each and every day.
One thing that helps is to do a smaller doodle with less detail on days when I'm really busy and on days when I have more time, something more elaborate.
I respectfully decline...
My entire life, I have been a 'yes' woman, which translates to, I care a lot about people and want to help them solve their problems. But also, I don't like to admit that I can't do something without giving it the old college try first. I'm a very determined person. All of that said, I have also had to learn how to say 'no' on occasion, due to time constraints or because I feel that I am not the right artist for the job.
I really hate saying 'no' to anyone, but here are a few things I remind myself of that help me suppress that guilt:
- Saying 'no' does not make me any less of a person or artist. It means that I know my strengths, limitations, and my evolving design style.
- In addition to the creative aspect of freelance, I also have to be a project manager. This means managing my time effectively, knowing how much time will be involved in each step of the design process and whether the client's budget will cover that time.
- I have a specific design style that doesn't work for every project, and that is okay.
- I'm just not into every project that comes my way, and that is okay too. You've heard of the book/movie title, "He's Just Not that Into You". The same applies to design. Sometimes I'm just not digging the project, and if I can afford to, I'd rather turn it down.
It's okay to say 'no'...
The main point in all of this is that no one benefits from you doing a project if you can't give it the time, attention, and creativity that it deserves. So, if you will not benefit from it creatively or if you don't need the income, it's probably best to say 'no'.