I’m one day late posting here, I’ve been having more creative activities recently and so I wasn’t too inspired to write I guess. What other creative endeavors have I been involved lately?
I’m currently joining this art challenge called The Art of Imperfection from writersdiaries.com – where we’re supposed to create any kind of art everyday. I’m keeping it simple and just do sketches with ink (pen/ballpoint) – the rationale behind it is that no erasing, so if I draw a wrong line I’ll have to live with it and gave up trying to be perfect.
I’ve been quite artsy since I was young, and I went for Art & Design faculty in University. After I graduated I very rarely do manual artwork, I did a bit of graphic design but it’s different, I’m much more at ease with non-digital medium. Thus it’s been years since I doodled, draw, or paint.
So I just started to draw & sketch again at the beginning of this month for this art challenge. And it felt like riding a bike again after a long time not riding it – slightly awkward at first but after a little while we get the hang of it again. Below are my drawings so far, in chronological order.
From this exercise, I realized that the more I do and practice something, the smoother the pathway between the brain and the particular body part in use (in this case, my right hand). The more flawless coordination between the eye, the brain, and the hand. Over time I can observe my drawings becoming more detailed, more nicely composed, more firm and strong.
The lessons I learned from joining this challenge:
- To learn and improve on something, we have to act on it. Implement it. Practice it. Only then we can get better. Remember the 10,000 hours of practice rule? After we did it for thousands of hours then we can be good at it. Be it playing a musical instrument, dancing, painting, writing, anything.
- Perfectionism reduces creativity. If we want everything to be perfect, we wouldn’t start. We may be too afraid to draw the first line on the pristine clean paper – “What if I drew it wrong? What if I fail?”
- Just do it and make the best out of it. Like a little green creature famously said once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away…
Do or do not. There is no try.
I mentioned at the beginning about creative activities – more than one. What are the other(s)? I’m saving it for next post 😉