Thursday, March 20, 2008

My own worst critic




I got back to Danny's book and he talks about using little slots of 10 minutes to draw. So I stole 20 minutes from my day and drew a sketch of my DynaFlex (a wrist-strengthening contraption). But ya know, it was one of those times where I just wanted to throw my pencils at the window! The lines didn't come out the way I wanted. I didn't capture parts of it that I wanted in my drawing. The lettering was screwy. My inner critic was flogging me unmercifully. Yet, when I saw the finished product, I didn't think it was all that bad. What was happening is that the perfectionist inside was screaming, "It's not perfect which means it's no good!" Anybody have a crowbar so I can put the perfectionist out of its misery??


4 comments:

thermion7 said...

You are right, the second time you looked at it. It ain't bad. Transparency, shadow, lettering, there's a lot of challenges in one small drawing! And I'm not just saying that because you might hit me with a crowbar with your over-developed wrists!

K

Barbara said...

Some days are like that. But your Cleveland window view is very nice. - Barbara

Jean said...

Hi Mark, hang in there, the critic is not impossible to tame....keep working and keep everything so you can see your progress, it will change. Maybe you could treat yourself to a coffee or sweet when you complete a drawing and only find the good things about it!!

Alison said...

Well, i think perfect is not usually very interesting - 'imperfect' has a quirkiness/uniqueness of its own and often identifies the drawing style of the artist. To me, quirkiness is much more expressive.