So far, 2017 is a struggle, art-wise. I'm learning to use the creative apps in my 7" tablet (with the keyboard case), and while it can be fun, it can be a little frustrating, too.
For instance, I am now using the 2D animation app RoughAnimator to do hand-drawn animation using a stylus. I want to draw digitally as easily as I do on paper, but that's proving to be a challenge. I have this nifty 4-in-1 stylus with a rubber tip, a plastic disc tip, a paintbrush tip and a ballpoint pen tip, and I love it! I feel so powerfully creative when I hold it. Then I actually start digitally drawing, and the end result looks nothing like I pictured it would be. But then, none of my cartoons look anything like I picture them to be.
So now I had to insert the musical soundtrack. I used a couple of sound editing apps that I had to buy because the free demo versions don't do anything. After a few tries I got the soundtrack on the cartoon and it ran great--but I forgot to edit it down to five seconds! I thought that it would automatically cut off when the animation ended. So now I've got five seconds of animation and over a minute of music. Heck, I uploaded the short on Fliiby before I discovered my mistake and decided to keep it there.
That was yesterday; today, I'm not bothered by my mess-up. At least I did something, and crappy artwork is better than no artwork at all (even though some animation fans would argue otherwise). I recall the words of another professional artist, Melissa Dinwiddie, who said, "The crap is what fertilizes the good stuff." So let me get back to work making more fertilizer!
And now, that crappy cartoon!