Monday, August 17, 2015
Not only is this applicable to boyfriends/girlfriends, engagements, babies, vacations, etc., but also the art world. It's natural to beat ourselves up, pitting our struggles and hardships against those who are having "heaps of success." We forget how carefully curated social media is; we don't see the blood, sweat, and tears happening behind each post.
Above is a sketch for a Doctor Who illustration I'd like to do. It's rough, and I'm struggling with many things: the consistency of style, compositional balance, the shape of the scarf, and so on. I can see a blurry vision of where I'd like to take this, but at the moment it's just that: blurry. I'm floundering, and that's okay. It's frustrating, yes. But half the battle in any illustration is problem solving, and moving forward.
Not every drawing you produce needs to end up on Instagram or Facebook. It's perfectly normal for your thumbnails to be incoherent scribbles, or to have paintings you spent hours on never see the light of day. Walt Stanchfield once said, "We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out, the better."
The next time you feel you're stagnant, inadequate, or a failure... don't. Each time you pick up a pencil or stylus is a success. I know it's easier said than done, but rather than comparing yourself to others, take a peek back at your sketchbook or blog from several months or years ago. I promise you'll see improvement. You're taking strides to be a better artists with each effort, and that's what counts.