I’m sick during Tironut and it’s some sort of hell. So… I drew how my nose feels right now
I was trying to fall asleep when I remembered a little episode from my middle school.
We had a mandatory art class once a week for a couple of years. Everyone started out more or less the same in first grade, but by the end of middle school, a couple kids had moved way ahead the others. And some stayed the exact same level that they were in elementary school.
One day the teacher shouted at some guys who were drawing nothing but stickmen driving rectangle cars, every class, every grade. “Are you just going to draw this stuff forever?!” she said. One of the boys made a dissatisfied face and replied: “Well I don’t know what else to draw!”
"Ha ha, good thing that’s not me," is what I thought at the time, but now thinking about it, it’s not just a trait that people who can’t draw have. It is me. And possibly you. I know quite many artists who keep drawing stickmen driving rectangle cars - of course, their stickmen and rectangle cars look far, far, far better than that of my classmates. But in the end they’re just an improved version of the same thing.
Point is, comfort zones won’t get you far. If all you keep drawing is what you know, you’ll be drawing stickmen driving rectangle cars forever. Eventually they will wind up looking a little better, because after a while of course you’ll start getting curious about why another person’s stickmen look better than yours, and then work on reaching your ideal.
And people will like what you do and will say that you’ve got talent, and then you’ll feel a little happy. But the moment someone asks you to draw a goat scaling castle walls, your brilliance will fade.
So what happens now that you’ve realized that all you’ve been doing for years is reproducing the same thing over and over again, except maybe in different styles? Have you been wasting your time up to this point? By no means.
Both your hand and eye has become more trained, so acquiring the rest of it will be relatively easy. It might not look as good as your stickmen and rectangle cars at first, but they’ll look great for a beginner. You’re not starting from scratch, you’re a few steps higher than that.
But don’t get it wrong, I’m not saying that it’s wrong to draw things that you’re fascinated by, but do distinguish between fascination and settling. If there’s something you want to draw but feel like you shouldn’t because it’s too much effort or you wouldn’t be able to do it well, drop that fear right there. Drop your excessive pride.
Just pick up your tools and do your best. And when you’re done and not satisfied with the outcome, just do it again rather than giving up on drawing it, which is much like the process that got you to drawing good stickmen driving good rectangle cars in the first place, which you might have forgotten about.