So I've been very focused on creating content this last couple of weeks. Whether that content be opinion pieces on current events or more art. I think I just need to put less pressure on myself to try and output on specific days and more focus on getting things out on my own pace. This is especially true for my writing. I've written a couple of opinion pieces in the last couple of weeks and I did so easily because I wasn't focused on a particular deadline but what I actually wanted to say.
This same thing goes for may art. I shouldn't be so focused on getting drawing completed but just enjoy the process and the finished product will come. I think I get stuck when I sit down to draw because I "have to" and then get stressed because I'm not feeling what I draw. And then sometimes I make a single curved line and I know exactly where its going to go and it comes naturally. That was the case with this drawing.
I liked the pose and the drawing came naturally. I didn't second guess every stroke I made. I did not fight to make it something. Too often I'm struggling to make something out of scribbles I've made and its so bad I'm ready to give up drawing all together. My concern has always been constistancy. I worry about bringing out a good product and not about that I'm actually drawing. I need to not think so much is what I'm trying to say. Look no further than this next drawing.
I drew this in about an hour and a half. That's pretty fast for me. I really like how it turned out and it came naturally. I didn't fight with my drawing. There were a couple in between these two drawings that turned out terrible because I was still struggling with just drawing SOMETHING and I wasn't focused on the drawing itself.
What I'm trying to say with all of this is that I need to stop thinking about what I draw so much. It's so easy to write here, but so hard to actually put into practice. As the new year approaches, I'm renewing my resolve to output more art. The only difference is that now I'm not going to force it and let it flow naturally. It's going to take some work but it'll be worth it. I hope you all take this journey with me.
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