Just one more class left and the semester is over! It went by so fast.
Since the semester is ending, technically my creative habit project could end too. However I think it would be a good idea for me to at least try to keep it going, maybe not every single day, but as often as I can. I could tell that by keeping up with it, I got a little more used to the pen every day and I could feel myself getting a little better at drawing in general. I put together a few images of my best work from the last few weeks of doing my creative habit.
(Note: there may be some weird, off-white spots on these images, some scans were better than others)
Like I mentioned on my previous blog post, a lot of my sketches are very similar. Same face shape, same round eyes, same vacant expression. Throughout this project I was surprised to see just how difficult it was to stop defaulting to those things and try something new. I don’t know if it was the pen, or if it was a stagnation of my skills, but experimenting and fixing my mistakes is a lot harder than I thought. I’m sure it would be a different experience for everyone; some would get the hang of it right away, while others (like me), would struggle to get a momentum going. When I did have a momentum going, I could see minor improvements. Unfortunately, once I lost this momentum, it was back to square one.
Not only did I struggle to keep on a schedule, but I struggled with content. My main goal was to just get into the habit of drawing every day, no matter what I was drawing. It’s disheartening to know that I struggled to do this and try out new things. However, it’s possible that I am just a very slow learner and I just need to keep going, and I can develop a habit eventually. If this is the case, that’s a little annoying, but it’s either keep going or give up and take even longer to improve.
In the end, I am glad I chose this practice for my creative habit. It really showed me what I need to improve on, even though I already knew, but it helps to see it. I think the fact that this project did not quite go the way I had hoped is a good thing for me. It helped me realize that not only do I need to practice drawing, but I also need to practice time management, motivating myself, and following a schedule. I think the most important thing I learned during this project is that it’s okay to make mistakes, because you learn from them, but you may not learn right away. It takes time to train your hand to do what you want it to do. You may be 100% aware of the mistakes you are making but not be able to fix them because your hand doesn’t know how yet. All it takes is just practicing over and over again, and pushing yourself to do the best you can.
Some artists are quick learners and some need a little extra time to develop their talents. I think this should be taught to art students and artists in general. Not everyone improves the same exact way; you have to find what works best for you. This may take awhile but in the end it will be worth it.