Number one has sketched selfies, the second one shows my sketches of celebs, the third one has portraits of my friends and the fourth one is about illustrating for a style-blog.
Today I show you: Doodling. Fantasy. Freestyle.
I find it not easy to get rid of my inner censor. It’s really hard to free myself from rules and concepts about “what is a good drawing” and from self-criticism. It’s a struggle to stop sketching with a judging audience in my head. Which is ridiculous, of course. After all, I am just sketching for myself, right?
I know that I’m not alone in this and that in fact most people are bothered by these kind of restricting thoughts.
One of the reasons that e.g. the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron is such a hit amongst the creatives.
I am sure it has tons of good stuff, but it is not the book for me. The tone bugs and annoys me.
There are other books, tools and advices that work better for me. Like e.g. An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers.
At the moment I am trying to ‘liberate’ myself by ‘sketching away’ without thinking, without a plan, without an expectation. Sketching as if no one will ever see the result but me, so who cares….catch my drift?
I have to admit: it’s not easy. The internal critic pops up again and again. I just try to ‘let that voice go’ as many times as it appears;-).
I must say that Paper53 helps a lot with this process, because of it’s digital nature. It’s easy to start over or to erase. You don’t waste any paper or other material, it does not cost you a penny. So what do you have to loose but your time and energy? Excactly!
I am not there yet, but I am happy with the process. Paper53 makes sketching light, fun and liberating!
Are you familiar with an internalized critic that bugs you while creating something? (Wether it is while sketching, writing a book or blogpost or whatever creative process.)
How do you deal with these restricting thoughts and ideas? How do you stay authentic, true to yourself and how do you enable yourself to use your full potential? Any tips to share?