Admittedly, this is a bit dated, but it’s new to me and I really think it’s worth a share.
In his animated comic series Tales of Mere Existence, Yevni Yilmaz shared his “Favorite Artist Advice” which is inspired by conceptual artist Sol LeWitt’s 1965 letter to sculptor (and collaborator) Eva Hesse (you can read that in full here*). Its message should ring true especially if your creative process is a chaotic mishmash of self-doubt, self-loathing, misanthropic misery, and utter existential dread (like mine is!).
Warning: NSFW language ahead!
Gosh, that’s good.
In other excellent uses of excellent quotes: Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong recorded LeWitt’s words in this blazing punk tune that really shows how aggressively amazing his stream-of-consciousness advice truly is.
Watch and listen:
Seriously, how great are these?
This is my favorite bit: “Stop worrying about big deep things. You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, and empty. Then you’ll be able to do. Do something. Do anything.”
Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to watch each of these videos 12 times, drink 15 cups of a strong black coffee, and go create something!
Please accept it.
Now DO IT!
[*H/T – art:21]