Feeling a bit wobbly when it comes to putting pen to paper? You’re not alone. If we don’t flex our visual thinking muscles on a regular basis we can easily lose confidence in drawing simple images.

Perhaps you’ve been on a course or bought a book, all fired up with enthusiasm, but then life got in the way and you’ve since lost your drawing mojo.

Here are some tips to help build your confidence:

  • Draw something every single day. An apple, a sun, a tree, anything at all. Just draw.
  • Always use your favourite marker or pen, don’t just grab the nearest drawing implement within reach. It doesn’t have to be an expensive or fancy marker, just something you love.
  • Start small and break it down. Take one simple image and ask yourself, ‘What’s the first line I see?’ Copy that line down, and then the next, and the next.
  • Slow down. As my lettering mentor Heather Martinez says, ‘Form, then rhythm’. Take your time getting to know the shape, the construct of the image, the order in which you like to draw the lines. Once you’re comfortable with that, then speed up.

Emotionally disconnect from the outcome. Lean in to the process, the process of learning and discovery. This is a key component of the growth mindset which is closely connected to visual thinking.

I hope these tips encourage you to pick up the pen this week and reconnect you with your passion for all things creative.

All the best,
Emer