It’s October and as it turns out, Inktober too. I hadn’t heard of this before but I absolutely love the concept. Kylie and I have both agreed that the accountability aspect of the Two In Fifty Two project has pushed us to grow through consistent posting. Devoting time to drawing sounds like such a simple and easy thing, especially for someone who enjoys it. By now I should be swimming in sketches, right?
One reason I don’t draw as often as I’d like to is often due to frustration. “Every time I pick up a pen, it needs to be flawless”. What a horribly negative mindset to have. We too often are our own worst critics. I know I’ve discussed this before – we make excuses and apologise when we present out work. These days, I find myself encouraging those who mirror my own bad thoughts.
So how do we turn these depreciating thoughts around? I mean, no one says the sole focus of drawing has to be impressing others. Wouldn’t it be a lot healthier to tell ourselves when approaching a creative task, “I’m going to give this a red hot go – I’m going to take note of what works and what doesn’t and regardless of the result, the act of simply doing is making me a better person”?
Here are a couple more I found time to do.
Don't be so hard on yourself. Keep pushing yourself and graciously accept the "loses" along with the wins.