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  • jeannebowmanmakesartYOUR WORK. It is stunning. STUNNING. I would love to make work with as much life as you bring forth in yours but though I want to draw constantly, I have such a hard time getting past my anxiety and expectations when faced with a blank sketchbook page. How do you (or did you) deal with just getting something down and knowing how long you needed to work on something before things started to come out? Mostly, I just want to know how to be cool and relax into it. thanks for everything you do!
  • Jeanne,

    You never get rid of anxiety and expectations.  It’s what drives us, what destroys us, what’s spurs us forward to learn new things.  But it never goes away.  It just becomes manageable 95% of the time.    But when I started it was maybe manageable 42.5% of the time. The reason you practice and get better is to slowly quiet the anxiety riddled voice inside.

    Getting something down is easy and the most difficult thing.  But it truly is, just start drawing.  Jump in and don’t worry about it.  Your sketchbook is your safe place.  Screw up, learn, fail, succeed,  all of it.  You don’t need to show all your moves in this internet age.  In fact most people I see shouldn’t be concerned at their level showing off all their stuff so early on.  Use that energy getting better and finding YOUR voice.  Things still don’t always work out.  I still have issues, things not working etc.  But everyone does. If you know an artist who says otherwise, they are puffing themselves up…. Lies I tell you…And probably to themselves.

    I think we’re all born with 1 million crappy drawings in your hand.  Your task is to draw them out.  Get rid of them and don’t let them get stored up.  The more you draw, the longer the gap will be between errors and issues.  But I still have many waiting to show themselves.  Just move on. 

    It’s amazing how subjective art is yet we try to make it analytical.  Like there is a formula.  But I don’t agree.  Formulas are just that one piece that’s easy to teach.  but it’s more than that. 

    So relax.  There’s literally no right or wrong.  You can be cool and screw up, trust me, story of my life.  What’s not cool is stopping.  Just keep at it, breathe, smile; no drawing ever defines you, so relax.

    Cheers,

    Bean

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