When I was working on my mini-comic I ran into what a lot of people might when creating something. I ran into this road block and I thought to myself, maybe I need to go back to the thumbnail stage. Or maybe I need to rethink the layouts and make tighter thumbnails. It’s so easy to get caught up in a cycle of recreating the same thing over and over again trying to make it better. When I found myself in this place again, I did redo a few thumbnails. However, I decided not to use any of those revised panel sketches. That’s when I had to remind myself of the Jake Parker mantra “Finished Not Perfect”.
I even watched this comic-turned-video of the Ira Glass "Taste vs. Ability" quote, for extra motivation to finish this project, rather than eagerly move onto the next and risk developing a cycle of not finishing things.
Ultimately, I realized that the new thumbnails didn’t fit in with the rest of the story since my understanding of visual storytelling had improved since I did the other thumbnails. In the end, I finished the mini-comic before the deadline I gave myself, March 15th.
It's easier said than done but as artists, we need we need to approach what we do with confidence and humility. There's no need to justify why your art didn't turn out the way you wanted it to. Making art isn't about showing off how talented you are. Art is about creating something that you enjoy and telling a story that will entertain and resonate with people.
If you made it this far, thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you found some encouragement in reading this or watching the video linked.