How To Save Your Art From Stagnation and Ruin – Part 1

 Master_Nick-succubusketchYou’ve just begun some creative endeavor. For our purposes, let’s say that you’re drawing in graphite on paper. There are a number of ways that your work may be stalled or even spoiled before it’s complete, but they all bring us to the same imperative. Do not prematurely show your sketches!
 Yes, you may have some trusted artistic mentor or colleague privy to your work in progress, but such a person must be an exception, not the norm. Here’s why:

 1. No one else knows what you’re doing ’till it’s done.

 Master_Nick-succubusketch2Nobody’s mind’s eye can connect the dots like an artist. While the average person might imagine seeing a doggie in the clouds or a butterfly in an inkblot, an artist sees entire worlds.

 You’ve begun to commit your vision to paper. You’ve drawn only a few scant lines, and lightly at that. There are details you intend to fill in later, but you already have a sense of what they are and where they’ll go. You show this sketch to someone else, and guess what! They literally can not see what you haven’t yet drawn. All they see are those few scant lines depicting very little in particular. So put in more work before you show it!

 “But,” I hear some cry, “I’ve already been working ever so hard, and I deserve a little applause.”
 
I empathize, believe me, but you may wish to wait, at least ’till tomorrow’s lesson.

Stay tuned!

Master Nick Roberts © 2013
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