|Hello from my Old Man!!!!!|
Here's the thing though, the key is not to stay motivated. The key is to forgive yourself when you are not motivated. I have spent a lot of time just beating myself up for not working hard enough or long enough or good enough. I always thought if I could just "stay motivated" I could be the artist I always wanted to be. But this just isn't life. Things are constantly colliding with us that knock our focus and energy away from our art. This is life. And its ok. I think where the trouble really starts is when we start beating ourselves up about it instead of just moving on. How can we be expected to create when there is someone in our head questioning our own dedication to our craft? It's ridiculous.
Next time you feel completely unmotivated... Just let it be. More than that try to recognize what is distracting you, maybe take some steps to manage or get rid of your distraction. Then forgive yourself for not drawing for a week (or whatever) and you would be surprised at how fast your own brain will wake up excited instead of remorseful screaming "Let's go!!!!"