You don’t need to be inspired

did Don Quixote need to be inspired

You know why most artists starve? Because most artists have no work ethic.

I know this from experience. My wife and I over the years have gone to tons of art galleries and have met countless artists.

The ones who make it aren’t necessarily better. They’re the ones who work.

I’ve heard every excuse in the book

I’ve heard every excuse why an artist starves. They range from other people don’t get it to “I need to be inspired.”

Actually, let’s address those two excuses. The first – other people don’t get it. Well, as I learned in sales, don’t try to sell to someone who’s not interested. If someone doesn’t want to buy your product, let them walk and move on to the next guy. I don’t waste my time arguing.

Everyone has a niche. And every niche has a market. You just need to find that market.

“I need to be inspired”

The second one – “I need to be inspired.” No you don’t. You need to work.

This is the exact same thing as writer’s block. I learned from professional writers to just write. Nothing is coming out? Fine. Write the first thing that comes to your head even if it’s random gibberish. Eventually something good will come out of it.

The same applies to art. You just create. If it’s shit, then don’t show anyone. At least you got some practice in.

I draw first thing in the morning after coffee. If I can’t think of anything to draw, I do an image search for “game of thrones chicks.” I have now drawn most of them in at least a few poses each.

Work ethic

To succeed at anything, you need a work ethic. That includes art. Art is just another craft, just like plumbing, computer programming, or driving a truck. The more you practice, the better you get.

“But I don’t have natural talent.” Bullshit. I’m quite average as a natural artist. But one day, I decided I love drawing. So I read online what to do.

Some lady who made money as an artist said to draw lines and circles over and over again until your lines and circles look good. Thank you lady. I wish I remembered your name so I could give proper credit.

Anyways, I did exactly that. I drew lines and circles over and over again until they started to look like an adult drew them. Before, my drawings looked like something a kid drew.

When I got better, my friend Allie offered to model for me. The rest is history. Now I got paintings for sale on Opium Tales.

These paintings are currently going for three figures. In your lifetime, my paintings will go for six figures. I’m currently practicing like a madman and also learning marketing. I need to find a market for my niche. Once I do, I can raise my prices.

Why I’m telling you all this

I keep this blog for myself. It’s for my own entertainment. I love to write.

But I also see the numbers. The website views keep going up. I love that.

More importantly, I regret not having a mentor in my 20s. Rather than getting all bummed about the past, I’d rather give. I’d love to hear from some future artist that I inspired them to commit to their dreams.

That, my friends, would be the best possible compliment I could get.

About the featured image

That’s Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in Madrid back in 2015. I was initially intimidated by all the great artwork Madrid had. But then I decided to go in full force. I’m already getting commissions.


Roman is an artist, composer, writer, and travel junkie.

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