Don't Give Me a Break!
I know it's nearly March now, but after the Christmas break it's taken me this long to fully get back into the swing of things. I've been side tracked with sick relatives, house decorating and the ongoing social calendars of my children.
It really shows how much of a difference a long break between drawing sessions makes to the ability and confidence. I've always said that drawing every day is a must in order to keep up and develop drawing skills and it turns out......I was right!
I started the new year with my first commission, which, it has to be said, took longer than I expected and didn't go quite as smoothly as I anticipated either. I spent hours just getting the proportions right, not to mention the likeness, before laying any colour down. It's like I had forgotten how to do it. This was not a good start to the year, having booked in an unprecedented amount of commissions for the year ahead already, I started to panic. Yes my old friend panic had returned. I'd missed that dear friend that pushed me to the edge of insanity before I managed to claw my way back.
Now, normally I would have a complete meltdown at this point, which would include the door slamming, tears of frustration, rocking in the corner, pencil in hand wondering how I managed to do any drawing worth money before this. But not this time. No, it was a new year, I am a prize winning, professional artist with work in a gallery, I can't be behaving like this any more. I powered through the emotions and turned my thoughts positive. The old rule of 'The Process' flashed into my mind and I realised I was just out of practice. My head had been too cluttered with other things and focus was needed. I knuckled down and got it done.
After that first hurdle of the year my next commission went a lot better and my confidence level soaring so high I've made a time lapse video of me drawing it (to be posted on facebook soon).
I felt like I'd put on a pair of my favourite old boots, I was back, it feels great 😊.