Is there such a thing as Artistic ADD? If not, there should be. I'm kinda curious how much work I'd be able to get done if I was ever allowed access to copious amounts of Ritalin.
The reason I ask is, I was going through my To Do List for the year (noting to much chagrin that it includes much of what was on last year's To Do List as well as a few things from the year before that) and, in my "Unfinished Projects" folder on my desktop, I have about 15 different projects sitting in various states of completion - The oldest of which was Aquamarie, a piece I first started back in October of 2008. Other notable entries include a three-page Art Trade that was put on hiatus when the other party's computer broke, four GTS pieces, some Skyrim fan art, and my own entry for the Massive Mass Effect 2 Meme (I'm on part 27 of 36+).
I think my main problem is one of Focus. Either too much or not enough, I can't decide which. When I get an Idea, I immediately feel the need to get it on paper. I'll sit down and start drawing and while my hands and eyes put everything on the page, my brain starts to roam. I'll draw tangents from what I'm working on to some other thing, or something will come up that distracts me just long enough to let my brain switch gears. I remember one night, I was looking at Reboot Fan Art and sketching Matrix, when I came across a Skyrim piece. I decided to draw my Skyrim Character and was half-way through the pencils, when Amy Irving's cover of Why Don't You Do Right? started playing on my MP3 Player. Immediately I start picturing the scene from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? because Irving is the one who performed that song for the movie. That leads me to look for Jessica Rabbit fan art and start Sketching HER. When that sketch was done, I went back and finished the pencils for the Skyrim piece, but not long after that I started playing Mass Effect in my head. That then led to the question of "How many photon torpedoes would it take to kill a Reaper?" Because, for me at least, Everything eventually leads back to Star Trek. After doing the math (matter / antimatter reactions are REALLY EXPLOSIVE) I thought, I'd like to fire a photon torpedo at something. So then I went and downloaded Star Trek Online since it's free-to-play now.
If you had problems following that train of logic, imagine living it. I swear, my creative impulses must come wired to bottle rockets. I light them and they take off, but never fly for very long before there's a pop, and then... that's it. Time for a new Idea. Conception - Obsession - Production - Interruption - Conception. No where in there is Completion listed. In order to get anything finished, I have to work through the interruption, and unless it's actually Work, that is to say unless I'm being paid, It never seems worth it at the time. I'd much rather get a new idea out than finish an old one. I wonder if an Artist can be famous for never finishing anything...