Friday, 8 April 2016

Doodle diary

Creating art is one of the things that fills me with joy. I love nearly everything about it and even when I have had the most stressful day doing a bit of drawing or painting really helps me to relax. The only thing that I find a little frustrating is that whilst my brain thinks of masterpieces, my hands can't always keep up.

When I am getting frustrated with my hands, I try to remember this quote by Ira Glass...

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
With this in mind, I decided I need to create more art and try not to beat myself up with the ones that do not turn out quite right. One of the things I am so happy I started doing is a doodle diary. Each year we fill up a jar with our happy memories throughout the year, but this year I decided to draw some of my favourite memories each month too. I recommend this for anyone who has lost faith in their creative skills, as its such a quick thing to do and I think it will make a lovely little book at the end of the year.

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