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About Traditional Art / Hobbyist Jenna MarieFemale/United States Recent Activity
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Herbivore Acrylic Set :iconjennamarieco:JennaMarieCo 1 0 Fox in the Woods :iconjennamarieco:JennaMarieCo 2 0 Mucha Brendan :iconjennamarieco:JennaMarieCo 0 0 Joe Henderson Commission :iconjennamarieco:JennaMarieCo 1 0 Bernadette's Epilogue - Page 3 :iconjennamarieco:JennaMarieCo 0 0 Moonlight: Lineart :iconjennamarieco:JennaMarieCo 1 0 Bernadette and Giselle: Lineart :iconjennamarieco:JennaMarieCo 0 0 Winry: Lineart :iconjennamarieco:JennaMarieCo 1 0 Sketchdump: June-September 2016 :iconjennamarieco:JennaMarieCo 0 0 Fox on Wood :iconjennamarieco:JennaMarieCo 2 2 Bernadette's Epilogue - Page 1 :iconjennamarieco:JennaMarieCo 0 0 Giselle On the Street :iconjennamarieco:JennaMarieCo 1 0 One Point Perspective Prompt :iconjennamarieco:JennaMarieCo 0 0 Self Talk :iconjennamarieco:JennaMarieCo 0 0 Happy Housiversary :iconjennamarieco:JennaMarieCo 1 0 Siblings :iconjennamarieco:JennaMarieCo 0 0


Happy Happy Happy Badgerdays :iconhillarywhiterabbit:HillaryWhiteRabbit 48 8 Chapter 6 Cover :icondruidteeth:DruidTeeth 43 6 Drowning in Pussy :iconzombiesmile:Zombiesmile 4,857 250 Lackadaisy Confessional :icontracyjb:tracyjb 5,328 314 Red-green-and-blue :iconmattiasa:MattiasA 79 5 Ice and fire :iconrougealizarine:rougealizarine 205 37 Miro's Adventures: Sledders :iconftongl:ftongl 268 9 FoxDog: Listen :iconsethfitts:SethFitts 336 32 TRICERATOPS :iconbenitogallego:benitogallego 81 5 Loli sunset :icontiali:Tiali 114 23 Almost Studying :iconbezzalair:bezzalair 151 34 20160322 :icondtjun:dtjun 302 15 INTROVERT :iconkendrajk:KendraJK 72 10 Zappy :iconraichiyo33:Raichiyo33 4,281 94 Hence nothing remains, :iconninjastartm:NinjaStarTM 2 2 Iwaoi Space :icontaffydesu:TaffyDesu 93 17


I've been in various stages of the writing process on my eventually-to-be-posted webcomic, Bernadette's Epilogue, for about a year and half.  We're talking from inception and ruminating on the idea for months and months to actually writing the script and page thumbnails two or three months ago. I'm struggling with keeping my writing on track with the themes and navigating with purpose toward the predetermined finale of the story.

There is an outline, but filling in the gaps with direction is proving to be the most difficult part of the process for me now. Filling in the gaps without direction? That I can do! But that isn't what I want this story to be. I get stuck thinking, "Is this important to the story?" "Does this further the plot or characters?" and "No, but is it *really* important to the story?" and can't move forward. So here I am, stuck with twelve pages of heavily edited script, needing about a hundred more, only able to stare at those initial twelve and edit them into the ground. And then I throw up my hands in frustration with the all too familiar "This is terrible! Why do I even try!?"

As a teacher, I have one million pep talks and kind words to work through the negativity, but as someone who hasn't had time for art since college, I feel like I've lost my creativity in favor of constructive criticism. I can edit for days. I just can't get the source material out of my head and onto paper. 

So, friends, what do you do when you hit a wall in your creative process?  Whether it be visual art, writing, or other, what gets you out of that funk and creating again? What do you do when you find yourself wanting to give up on a piece? Do you find that creating without self imposed constraints is helpful, hurtful, or even wasteful?

I'd be interested to hear others' thoughts. :)


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Jenna Marie
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I play and teach music, and am an administrator for a really amazing summer music program in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I am in the process of writing (not to the drawing stage yet) a webcomic - I actually had one that I posted regularly throughout college, and am really looking forward to starting again. Currently trying to jump start that process by drawing more and being more active with my art in general.


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Super-Chi Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the watch! :)
JennaMarieCo Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For sure! I love your stuff!
Lunewen Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016
Thanks for the watch by Lunewen 
I feel really grateful about your interest !! 
JennaMarieCo Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are most welcome! (Sorry for the late reply - been a bit out of DA for a few weeks)
rougealizarine Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for watching me, much appreciated :)
JennaMarieCo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very welcome! Your gallery is lovely. :)
KendraJK Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

:iconsparklesplz: Thanks for the Fave! :iconsparklesplz:

VinceAndrews Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016
thanks for the watch! :)
JennaMarieCo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.  I'm looking forward to reading through your archive when I have a chance!
VinceAndrews Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
Cool, hope you enjoy it :)
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