How Living the Single Life Enhances Your Creativity

This workshop model has been turned into a mermaid.
© Michelle Lockamy
Don't get me wrong. I'm not here to argue that dating as an artist or illustrator is a bad thing. Nor am I encouraging anyone to drop their ties over this. Dating as a creative person has its own set of perks.

But I would like to address how being single benefits creative work because, believe it or not, flying solo is pretty cool too.

1. No judgement on your work. 

You don't have to worry about a significant other judging your work. Have something in your mind that you really want to try but would be too scared to approach with another person around? Congratulations, you can tackle that. Have drawings from a live model session? You don't have to worry about someone making remarks on that, either.

2. No judgement on how you do your work.

Do you unconsciously make the face that you are trying to depict? Do you do jumping jacks, or stand on your head, or shake like a dog? No matter. No one is there to see that. You do whatever you need to do to get working. Unleash your break dancing with pride!

3. No distractions (mostly).

This perk is of the selfish variety, but that doesn't mean it isn't true. If you want to sit and paint all day with a bowl of chips and Netflix at your side, you can, because there is no one to ask that you do the dishes. Skip sleep, bathing, dressing, you name it. It's all for the sake of your art, right?

4. Artistic frustration can be suffered in peace.

I know that you know that feeling when you've been working on a piece forever, but it just isn't turning out right. You feel like tearing your hair out and stomping on a kitten in order to solve this creative conundrum. Guess what? No one is there to tell you to calm down or go back to it later. You can plow through it yourself. Whether this is good for your well-being or not is beside the point.

Have any other ideas on how the single life enhances your creativity? Leave a comment below!