Insecurity often holds many people back from pursuing or accomplishing their goals. For artists that could be sharing your work with people, making your own comic, making work that you like, or just making art. I’ve been there before and just when I think I’ve got a good rhythm going my insecurities try to crawl back into my head. Insecurities can stem from a lot of places, some instilled in you by your parents or mentors. Others from bad experiences that you had growing up or have developed throughout your life.
Our insecurities try to trick us into thinking they’re keeping us safe from harm, failure, or embarrassment. They keep us from taking risks. They keep us from going outside our comfort zone. Most of all they keep us from learning, growing, and becoming the person that we want to be.
As I’m writing this I’m working through my own insecurities. I’ve heard many people say that you need to identify your fears and insecurities in order to overcome them. In order to do that you need to be brutally honest with yourself. Only after you’ve identified them can you release yourself from the limiting beliefs you’ve carried and become the person you want to be. It’s not something that happens overnight. You will have to create an action plan to focus on the person you want to be moving forward, rather than not holding onto your insecurities.
I’ve heard artist Iris Compiet refer to fear or insecurity as the “Art Destroyer”. She went on to say it’s important to give your “Art Destroyer” a name so that you can get to know him or her. It’s a fun concept that I decided to take a step further. In addition to re-identifying my insecurities, I’ve decided to give mine a visual representation and write a story about my Art Destroyer. I became even more inspired after I watched the movie The Ritual on Netflix (the book is on my to-read list).
I’m excited to work on it but my attention is currently focusing on my comic, The Isle. A story about a museum archeologist named Spencer Alexander, who dreams of visiting a mysterious island his late great-grandfather was marooned on for years. He finally receives the opportunity to carry out his dream but the expedition of his dreams is not what it seems. Stay tuned for more on this.
Have you made friends with the Art Destroyer lurking inside of you?