But now, back to Drawing!!
Many people are so hooked on the outcome of their drawings that they seem to stop themselves enjoying the actual practice of it. In normal ‘left-brained’ life this is usual; we don’t want to do things that seem to be wasting our time. But it is rather like expecting to run a marathon after the first week in the gym..... drawing well takes practice and discipline.
Ask yourself why you want to draw – it’s understandable that we want other people to look at our pictures and admire our efforts, but maybe we should ask why that is so important? I wonder if, because children’s drawings are so often treated with amusement and even criticism, we harbour a deep need for our work to be accepted and approved? Maybe, because our childish efforts at self-expression were so dismissed, we attach huge importance to our adult attempts and can be crushed by criticism all over again.
How about trying to let that go a little and approaching your drawings with the attitude of practice and experimentation. Realise that even professional artists discard many more works than they eventually show. There is a saying that if you want ten good pictures, you must make at least fifty!
Let yourself ‘play’ more – try using tools and methods that you have less control over, instead of more. I introduce students to working with kebab sticks, Chinese brushes, toothbrushes, candles, their fingers, lollipop sticks, branches, toothpicks, cotton buds, sponges and all manner of other tools.