Do you ever start a creative project with a certain inspiration or idea in mind, and then when you’re done . . . well, maybe the results are not exactly what you hoped for. Or maybe worse than you expected. Well, sometimes my sketches, for my sketching project, are that way. It feels embarrassing! – like I wasted my time, or like I was foolish to think I could learn to draw.
What do you do when that happens? One thing I do is to gather more information from people who are good at the thing I’m trying. So, about my sketches, one of my illustrator friends suggested that I try adding shading to my sketches. She said the physical repetition of doing something more to the sketch would help improve my skills.
So today I am sharing two new sketches from my secret sketching project – with shading. Or, should I say, attempts at shading. One of them I really liked, and the other – not so much.
Here is a sketch that I liked (umbrellas). – Along with a poem I wrote for the sketch:
stem like a pumpkin
like a pineapple
floating over puddles
beaded raindrops on its surface
the pumpkin’s unopened top
like a secret
Here is a sketch I wasn’t as happy about (nettles). I thought it would turn out better. Still, I try to remind myself, 1) I am just learning, 2) if it was easy there wouldn’t be as much satisfaction in learning from it, and 3) no one is looking over my shoulder and judging me.
Ah! I see it now. This is a more complicated image, isn’t it? No wonder I had trouble with it.
They say that when you try a more difficult task, like the “nettles” picture, you learn more, because you are stretching yourself. But it also feels discouraging when it turns out less well than I hoped. What are your thoughts? Do you shy away from trying something that seems too hard? How do you know if it’s too hard or if it’s just a long stretch?
p.s. A big THANKS to my illustrator, artist, and photographer blogging friends who have added your comments to my earlier photo-sketch study. Your advice is really helpful!