If ever I had any strong advice to give to other artists about their art, this would be it: Get angry at it often!
I have had several illustrations that I worked on for far longer than I was ever supposed to. I would look at it, tweak it, look at it some more, really work on it for hours, leave it alone for a while to let it smolder and then repeat that for about a year. This, needless to say, was problematic to my productivity.
One day, I finally had it! I smacked it down in front of me and gave it a good scream. As much as I had worked on it and as much time as I had invested into it I threatened to wipe it clean from the earth if I could not get closer to that finish line! Sorry to say, but this turned out to be the path I traveled down. I ended up erasing the whole…damn…thing.
Over the years I have found that you should always do the work you love to do which is why I don’t do commissions often or at all. You end up making work just because it is in trend and then it’s just not you! A great deal of the time I fear the feedback: both good and bad. But since the beginning of this year I have tried taking a different approach.
If your art doesn’t make you angry enough then just move on! If I am angry at it for not living up to its potential then I fear it will do nothing for mine.