I guess it’s time for me to come clean and tell you why I’m not posting as much lettering work as I used to. I kept delaying writing about this because doing so is almost the same as admitting it, and I don’t want to admit it even to myself.
But I have to face the terrible truth, and it is this: I have lost fire.
New pens don’t excite me anymore. A new lettering book no longer jumpstarts inspiration. The itch to create is just not there, and this has been going on for a while. At first, I thought it was just a case of artist’s block, but overtime, I figured out the difference. An artist’s block is when you know you want to create; you just couldn’t create anything. In my case, it’s not that I couldn’t create. It’s that I don’t feel that I want to.
Facing this fact is scary on different levels because it’s going to involve change, and going through change is not always a fun process. Especially when you thought you already found your calling only to realize that nope, this is not it.
LOSING INTEREST IN SOMETHING YOU’RE GOOD AT
Maybe some of you can relate to this — losing your enthusiasm to an art form you thought was your calling. Maybe you are asking yourself if you should continue pushing just because you already started and it would be a waste — or a shame — to stop.
I’ve asked myself the same question and this is the answer I came up with: I’m not saying goodbye to lettering, not at all. But I don’t want lettering to feel like a chore I have to do for any reason other than wanting to do it.
SO WHAT NOW?
Currently, I have urban sketching to keep my hands busy. It’s a good alternative so I won’t stray far from the creative field. I still keep up with updates from my favorite artists (hello hello, Abbey Sy!) because my admiration for great lettering pieces haven’t changed. I will continue to appreciate this kind of art until I am once again fueled to create them myself. 🙂