Thursday, May 15, 2008

How do you get better at drawing? - Part 4

This post is the fourth in a series on improving your drawing.

The series: How do you get better at drawing?
  1. Learn
  2. Practice
  3. Listen
  4. Practice More
Step Four: Practice More
  • Like in anything, you will have good days and bad days. There will be times that you can draw anything and times that you can draw nothing. Recognize this ebb and flow. Draw new things when times are good. Draw in your comfort zone when things are tougher.
  • Perfection varies. Even your own idea of perfection changes.
  • Leave your drawing. Look at it later, it might be better than you think or you might see what's wrong later on.
  • Everyone struggles, everyone has failures. The more you produce the easier it is to forget the bad ones.
  • Know your weaknesses and work on them.
  • The funny thing about practice is that it builds confidence and comfort. You just get comfortable because you do it all the time. Then, your confidence grows because your comfort level has resulted in you loosening up and making better marks.
The iris above is finished, I think. It's a gift for my son's kindergarten teacher, she does a wonderful job in her classroom (with both kids and parents).


Jo Castillo said...

Ahhhhhh, Rose. Now to follow your advice! Thanks.

Valerie Jones said...

Love the advice you have given. Another thing that has taught me more about art has been to actually teach students what I know. They bring a lot to the table by the techniques they use. They also make you stretch yourself to learn new things and processes.

Michael said...

I totally agree with the ebb and flow. Over the years I have noticed the exact same thing. There have been many times that I will put a piece of art to the side and go back to it later when I am back in the flow. In fact, I have come back to a piece after several months to a year to finish a piece.

I have also discovered that the ebb and flow in creativity is varied. I might be in the perfect creative flow to create photo-realistic image one day, but the next day be more into quick sketches or scribble drawings.

You give good advice. I will have to subscribe to your blog so I can read more.

Robyn said...

Beautiful drawing, Rose. I find the iris really difficult and a white and yellow one, impossible :)