The impossible hunt for perfection

Preview of the Sci Fi Core Complex for DS / Poser

Recently, while working on the Sci-Fi Core Complex prop and light set, I hit one problem after another. There was just no end to them! 🙂 For many years, I´ve been perfecting stuff beyond oblivion. And I mean, perfecting them even beyond that. You know, dealing with small details, small adjustments and so on?

For me, I found that this actually originated in fear of me not being accepted. So I tried hard to make things perfect. Guess what – yeah – there will always be someone that complains or dislikes what you do. No matter WHAT you do, HOW you do it – and to WHOM you do it for.

So, back to the project I was working on. I´ve learned a few years back, that I need to get things DONE. Not perfect. So, instead of pursuing and hunting down each and every issue I found with the project – I let half of them go. Just like that. Bye bye!

Frankly, nobody will notice these small details. And I think I´m the only one to see them anyway. Your goal as a vendor, or as an artist – is to get things good enough and get them DONE. You will enjoy YOUR art more! 🙂

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7 Responses to “The impossible hunt for perfection”

  1. Mer. April 24, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    That is within us all, that hunt for perfection, at least in those who care about what their name is linked to. Your name, and the acceptance of YOU are linked, aren’t they? So where something comes of YOU, it bears your name, and thus… has to be perfect for that reason. I share your curse. It causes sleepless nights, hours on end devoted to getting one thing, done to the standard your inner psyche must have it, or YOU cannot sleep until you’ve obtained that pursuit. And then, as you are forced to sleep, before dropping off, you see all the hours devoted to the one thing, that is still, not perfect and you see, all the other things, still waiting to be done – which could have been done, had you not gotten so caught up in trying to get that ONE thing, perfected.

    We must accept, you – me, those like us – that WE … are not PERFECT. Yes, it’s sad, but true, it is a ghost, we must give up, so that real progress in what we produce, can be obtained.

    I’m with you… yep, I’m with you.

  2. Mercedes Keyes April 24, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    The name is Mercedes Keyes, why that cut it to a Mer with a period, I do not know. Lmbo!! See, now why couldn’t I just leave that Mer. and go, letting you figure out the rest if you choice to? Because, it was not right, or – perfect. Hehehe,sick huh?

  3. esha April 24, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    *lol* Yes I know that, I’m a perfectionist too. In my case not so much for other people but for myself, because I want to be proud of my own work.
    Striving for perfection (while knowing we can never reach it) is what made me grow, and learn, and get better in what I do.
    And always having a lot of work lined up taught me to draw a line before my perfectionism turns into pure obsessiveness 😉

    So I think if we learn how to handle our “faults” we can use them to our advantage and turn them into strenghths.

  4. ROBERT P. DAVENPORT II April 24, 2010 at 7:48 pm #

    Oh this is sooooo true! One of the things I do to curtail the revision/ revise improve beast that lurks in all my projects is to give them hard deadlines for completion. Whatever I have has to be done by a date certain. Tweaking is endless if you allow it. I just tell those little ideas running around that I’ll implement them in the next project.

    To constantly improve does not have to mean constantly revise! Set an end date and stick to, you’ll be more productive!

  5. Waldemar Belwon April 24, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

    Hey folks! Robert – totally right with a deadline. That certainly keeps the perfection kicked out of the door.

    Mer – love your likness with a ghost!

    Esha – yes, very true. All our “faults” can be turned into a good thing. Well said!

    The thing that caught me in he end – was – hello? Who´s view is that “perfect” view? Everyone has a different point of view, so nothing can ever be perfect anyway! Talk about catch 22… 😉

  6. Heinz Hemken April 24, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    You will always have the bug in your head. “Am I finished getting xxx just right?” will be replaced by “I should have gotten xxx just right.”

    I agree wholeheartedly with Waldemar. You have to get things out the door. Perfection is an abstract concept. Do the best you can with a reasonable budget of time and resources, then wind it up and deliver it to production. That’s all we can do in life.

  7. P. Ann DeShaney April 24, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

    When I started it was using canvas and oil…anyone who is familiar with that medium knows that it takes oil forever to dry and that’s when I discovered I could keep on working on the same image..
    Needless to say..I learned, eventually, to control the urge to be absolutely perfect..after all..the things you base your art on are not always perfect…and sometimes that is the thing that makes the art perfect. I hope that made sense. 🙂

    Thanks for allowing me to come here and learn!

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