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  • #123407
    Brooke
    @wingiby-iggiby

    –Mistakes Only You Notice that No One Else Will, but They Still Drive You Crazy?

    This makes me crazy all the time! It often happens when I’m shading the sketch in, and then I notice certain things that are off. But when I show another person, they don’t see anything wrong, even when I point it out! This should comfort me, but I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and it makes me nuts — so much so that I’ll get discouraged over the whole work and just want to quit. The fact is, I love to draw, and I have to remind myself that I’m not a photocopier, and that certain mistakes (not including major ones) or imperfections make it MY own unique art. I was wondering, do any of you struggle with this? And, if so, what do you do the combat it? Thank you for any input! Maybe sometime I’ll figure out how to share some of my art, ha ha; I have an IQ of zero when it comes to electronics.

    Oh, and Happy New Year! 😀

    • This topic was modified 9 months, 2 weeks ago by Brooke.

    I light the arrow, pull the bow,
    Shoot that fire right through my soul.

    #123426
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @wingiby-iggiby

    Hi Wingiby!

    Happy new year!

    I completely understand what you mean! It happens to me all the time! I think it’s also because you’re looking at it as an artist, and you’re looking for mistakes. Someone who’s never seen the picture before won’t see these, they’ll just see “Look, a pretty picture!”

    I don’t know what medium you use, so I don’t know if you can erase it. If you can, what helps for me is just leaving the first sketch for a day or two and either not look at it at all or stare at it until you think you’ve found the mistakes. Just like with writing, the distance of a day or two can help a lot. (Okay, I have to confess, I only do this when I really need to, since I don’t have the patience for it on every drawing. XD)

    If you can’t erase it, just work around it! I’m assuming you mean pretty minor mistakes, so you can just draw over top of it. An example I’m thinking of is Jane Davenport’s work. She purposefully uses colored pencil so she can’t erase, and her work isn’t perfect, but it has a lot of life to it because she works over her mistakes. (I’ll see if I can find an example 😉 If you look at the sides of the face and the chin, you can see she drew it several times, and it looks great!

    What you said about style is really true! You can make just about any mistake and it’ll be fine because it’s your art! Imperfections and mistakes make art unique.

    I usually try to work over/around it, or if all else fails, know that the next picture will be better! Especially when you’re still practicing, often your vision won’t line up with the finished product (I still get this a lot!) but you’ll have improved, even if it isn’t like you hoped. The next one will always be better. And if you love drawing, it’s always worth it!

    I’d love to see your art if you get it uploaded!

    I hope this rambly comment was somewhat helpful!

     

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

    #123429
    Brooke
    @wingiby-iggiby

    @rose-colored-fancy

    Rose! Howdy! 😀

    I completely understand what you mean! It happens to me all the time! I think it’s also because you’re looking at it as an artist, and you’re looking for mistakes. Someone who’s never seen the picture before won’t see these, they’ll just see “Look, a pretty picture!”

    That totally makes sense! I AM looking for mistakes!

    Ah, yes! Walking away for any length of time does help a lot — my parents tell me to do that, he he. Yes, the mistakes are often minor and easily worked over; it’s amazing how I’ll get hooked up over such a small thing. Also, that example of Jane Davenport’s work is wonderful! Working over mistakes is a great idea, and so is using colored pencils to keep from erasing.

    What you said about style is really true! You can make just about any mistake and it’ll be fine because it’s your art! Imperfections and mistakes make art unique.

    Now I just have to pound that into my brain, which is highly un-responsive, *sigh* But it is so true!

    I usually try to work over/around it, or if all else fails, know that the next picture will be better! Especially when you’re still practicing, often your vision won’t line up with the finished product (I still get this a lot!) but you’ll have improved, even if it isn’t like you hoped. The next one will always be better. And if you love drawing, it’s always worth it!

    Thank you! That is really encouraging! I always forget that the next one will be better.

    I’d love to see your art if you get it uploaded!

    I will have to commission my dad sometime! 😛

    I hope this rambly comment was somewhat helpful!

    It was very helpful! It helps just to know that other’s know what I mean! Thank you for the time you put into this! 😀

    I light the arrow, pull the bow,
    Shoot that fire right through my soul.

    #123456
    Arindown (Gracie)
    @arindown

    @wingiby-iggiby

    I used to struggle with this, but now I don’t as much. I’ve become comfortable with how I draw and how it turns out. Mistakes are only mistakes if you see them like that.

    Actually, I was shocked, but when I started Instagram, some of my most popular drawings were rough, messy, sketches of people from church.😄 My more “finished” and perfect drawings tended to get less likes.

    I think the idea is (I tell this to my younger sister all the time) to become comfortable with who you are, and how your art is. All the drawings you “mess up” on are practice for next time. And, like my sister will never believe, sometimes those mistakes add personality to a drawing that it would never have if it was “perfect.”

    Not all those who wander are lost.

    #124141
    Brooke
    @wingiby-iggiby

    @arindown

    Mistakes are only mistakes if you see them like that.

    That sounds like a quote some famous person/artist would make! TOTALLY AWESOME!

    Actually, I was shocked, but when I started Instagram, some of my most popular drawings were rough, messy, sketches of people from church.😄 My more “finished” and perfect drawings tended to get less likes.

    Oh, that is actually very interesting and thought-provoking! If you can, would you be able to share some of your sketches? I’d love to see them, but I don’t have Instagram 😉

    I think the idea is (I tell this to my younger sister all the time) to become comfortable with who you are, and how your art is. All the drawings you “mess up” on are practice for next time. And, like my sister will never believe, sometimes those mistakes add personality to a drawing that it would never have if it was “perfect.”

    So true!!! We have computers for making the perfect copies, LOL Thank you so much for your encouraging words!! I need to remind myself of this when I sit down to draw. Thank you! 😀

    I light the arrow, pull the bow,
    Shoot that fire right through my soul.

    #124146
    Arindown (Gracie)
    @arindown

    @wingiby-iggiby

    I’m glad I could encourage you.😊 And sure, I’ll post a few of my sketches…if you post a few of yours.😄

    Here’s one I did in pencil of my friend during church.

    Not all those who wander are lost.

    #124147
    Arindown (Gracie)
    @arindown

    Here’s one that somebody actually bought from me on Instagram. They were a spider enthusiast, I guess.😂

    Not all those who wander are lost.

    #133574
    Kylie S. Pierce
    @kylie-wingfeather

    @arindown

    Or a Harry Potter fan–it kinda looks like two of the Book of Monsters eyes from HP…

    "The seed of the New World smolders. Bear the Flame."~The Green Ember.

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