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Week 39.

Fighting Fear

A Donut by Timothy on 4 October

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”?

sammy

This is my sketch of Sammy the cat. I like the expressive lines, which is my positive. Because I didn’t use a pencil to create a guide, my proportions are off on one side of the head, which is my “to work on”. (By the way, why the hell do copic markers have to be so damn expensive?!)

Here are a couple more I found time to do.

dude cara

This week's donut?

Don't be so hard on yourself. Keep pushing yourself and graciously accept the "loses" along with the wins.

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