Monday, July 26, 2010

Fighting the Fear Redux

I have a nasty habit of forgetting lessons learned and then having to re-learn them.

As I've been reading, FEAR is probably the single biggest obstacle to human accomplishment and advancement. And what do I keep giving into?

That's right, FEAR!!

Last year when I was working on my film for the Plympton class, I spent one weekend terrified of drawing. I felt that my drawing was so weak that I just didn't want to sit down and continue doing more weak drawings. I finally faced that fear and successfully completed the film.

But I've let that feeling return. Even after all of the studying and drawing I was doing, I still had this nagging voice in my head telling me that I still suck! So, in order to avoid sucking, I dropped drawing altogether.

I haven't drawn anything substantial for approximately one month, as evidenced by my sparse blogging.

That fear of drawing poorly has infected me again. Even though I know that the more I draw, the better I'll become—I've even seen improvements already—it still isn't enough for me. I still can't help feeling that every line I draw should be brilliant! Where did such ridiculous expectations come from?!?!

I have decided to, once again, face the fears and just sit down and DRAW!

I'll be completing the Nicolaides curriculum Schedule 5 by this weekend (look for the posting of the "Done" schedule) and will have some character designs to show you in two days.

See you then! And keep working!


  1. william j LLANESJuly 27, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    the difference between success and not is, the successful are AWARE of this fact. you are great, you are a winner, you are fantastic, you are beautiful, you are loved, you are...........

  2. william j LLANESJuly 27, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    forgot to mention one thing, you are my friend

  3. Thanks, Bill, for your supportive words! They're EXACTLY what I needed to hear.