I’ve been a lurker here for a few years now since i started learning blender, usually only checking out the work other artists post or the usual troubleshooting threads. I’ve been having a problem lately with finding my motivation and drive to improve my abilities as an artist. I think it breaks down ultimately to a lack of direction to where I want to go from here and/or lack of inspiration. I’m hoping that by posting this people who’ve struggled with the same problem perhaps, or other experienced community members could give me some advice on where I can go from here.
My main problem is that what the Germans call “Qual der Wahl” or torture of choosing. There’s so much cool stuff that i would like to do (Modelling, Sculpting, Texturing, Rigging, Animation, Compositing, Effects) but the depth of each of these subjects paralyzes me into inaction and i end up doing none of the above with an appropriate amount of dedication and having an average skill level on all fronts.
I started learning blender the usual way, with some tutorials here and there. When i found that progress was slow i bought Introducing Character Animation in Blender by Tony Mullen (among other books). That seemed to catapult me in a good direction and i ended up making apart from the usual short practice animation with premade rigs a couple of 3D shorts during my time in University.
And a collaborative project (in which I was tutoring blender to freshmen at university)
During those two projects I did in fact learn a lot. But i can’t help but feel that my progress is really slow, and that i generally have a hard time getting motivation to work on smaller scale projects that i can finish by myself. What i enjoy doing the most is character animation and telling short funny stories, but it seems like a daunting task for me to work so hard on a character from concept to finished rig just to use him in a short clip. Any new project ideas i start developing tend to balloon into overly ambitions concepts that would take months. (<or is this the only way?)
I would be grateful if anyone can offer some advice or suggest some direction in which i can move forward and build on my skills so far. I would also appreciate if you can send me links to artists or artworks that inspire you, since i also feel like i need new input and sources of inspiration. Feel free to ask me questions if anything is unclear, and thanks in advance!