Deciding What to Do Next
 
Several days ago I have the following conversation with someone:

"What are you working on?"

"I'm trying to decide what to work on next."

"Why don't you just draw what you feel like?"

"Well... It's not actually that simple."

So, let me break down this process for y'all. 

First of all, I have a theory. The theory goes like this, "If you want for inspiration to strike, it never will."

Seriously. Who said all art has to be created because angels came down and told you "Now is the Moment." 

If you go through life believing that you can only create when you feel the urge, then you won't create that much. 

Don't get me wrong. I have moments when everything seems to flow like wine and the ideas come and I am totally in a zone. 

And then there's the normal times. 

So, here's a break down of how I decide what to work on. I base it on a series of criteria. In a rough order of priority. 

Criteria 1: Which paper doll series is about to run out of content? 

This is probably the most improtant first question I tackel. 

Criteria 2: What haven't I drawn recently for that paper doll series?

If I have done a bunch of one thing for a series recently or for the blog recently, I try to do something else. 

Criteria 3: What have my Patrons asked for that I haven't gotten around to doing? 

I consider my Patron Requests to be high priority, but if they don't work because of Criteria 2, I'll put them aside for a few weeks. 

Criteria 4: Is there an ongoing project I should work on?

The Poppet fariy tale series or the soon to be announced formally B&B Sorceress are both the sorts of projects I try not to forget about. 

Of course, I'm not going to draw armor if I don't feel like drawing armor, but I find that by having a series of criteria it helps me decide what I probably SHOULD work on. 

Not that I always end up working on what I should be working on, but that's a whole different problem.