Philipp Seymour Hoffman animated illustration for The New Republic’s Ipad version.
willnametomorrow asked: How did you get out of your depression and get inspired again? Going through the same now and can't find a solution. :-/
I’m so sorry to hear that love :(
I honestly don’t have a straight up answer. I tried a lot of things. I tried looking for inspiration. Forcing myself to be happy. I even met with a counselor for awhile to talk about my stress.
The closest answer I can give you is time. Depression is completely psychological. It’s so much more than sadness and it is not something you can just get over like TOO many people think is the way to do it.
When it came to life I just didn’t want to be depressed anymore. So I tried to surround myself with things made me happy, and if I wasn’t happy I stopped pretending to be.
When it came to art I guess I kept trying. Developing healthy habits is super important. But if it wasn’t working out I would just put the pencil down. My depression not only took away my will to draw it took my inspiration and ideas. Silly ideas like a pink haired Calaveras drinking tea in a crazy patterned sweater stopped coming to me and I hated everything I made.
But one thing that helped motivate me was staying in a creative community.
A creative community to me was following great artists on tumblr and online. Whenever I would find something inspiring I would save it and keep it with me. Going to museums and art exhibits were my therapy. Taking pictures, pinning it on Pinterest, sketching it. I started a collection of ideas and inspiration. If I sat down to draw an idea and it didn’t work out it was ok, as long as I didn’t stop trying.
Being in a healthy creative community helped remind me of what I loved to do. Seeing others create and grow made me want to keep trying. I made a list of goals in my mind and I knew conquering my depression would let me achieve them.
I’m also blessed with great friends and family so time and I can’t take all the credit.
I hope this helps :)
About two years ago I decided to take on a bunch of art trades with a bunch of lovely followers!
About two years ago I also began to slip in and out of depression.
I lost the joy of drawing. I would release new art a handful of times over the years because taking pride in my work became so rare and fleeting that I everything I created became an unfinished work.
Stress is a bitch and Depression is a thing.
Two years later I’m done with school, starting a career I love, and have finally found my joy to draw! And the first thing I want to do is continue and finish these art trades!!
I want to thank anyone and everyone who has stuck with me despite everything.
Much love and much thanks ♥ ♥ ♥
Finally feeling good enough to continue art trades! Of course I’d start with the one that let me draw whatever I want!
I’m going to Otakon! Here’s the cosplay I’m planning using shit I already own and no wigs. I’m gonna be Black Lady from Sailor Moon! The irony of a Black lady cosplaying Black Lady is not lost on me. I revel in it!
"I’m kind of over gettin told to throw my hands up in the air. So there "
Lorde by SABS
When Lupita Nyong’o first came to my attention, my immediate reaction was to thank the universe. Thank the universe that not only is a woman of color receiving recognition and praise for her talent, intellect, and beauty, but a dark woman of color. A lot of people may not understand how meaningful this distinction is, but it is extremely important to me as a woman of color living in a society that devalues the beauty of colored skin and its darker shades.