In Part 1 of series this blog posts, I shared some tips around how to build confidence in your drawing, concluding with the importance of focusing on the process and not the outcome.

Because this is such an important topic – lack of confidence stops people over and over again – we’re continuing with the theme this week.

I always say drawing is 50% skill and 50% mindset. Therefore it’s important to work on both to ensure success.

  • Resist the urge to edit as you go along. I know what it’s like. You start drawing a dog and before you know it looks like a hamster horse hybrid. Continue with the hamster horse hybrid until it’s a finished drawing. It’s at that point we can assess our drawing, analyse what went right and what went wrong and start again from fresh. Otherwise you can get yourself caught up in constant correction mode, not a helpful place to be.
  • Quieten your inner critic. Recognise when it makes an appearance. Even better draw your critic! Get your worries out of your head and on to the page.
  • Use pen and paper. Switch off the phone. Give yourself 5 minutes of non tech time. Drawing on a tablet can lead to constant corrections and distractions (notifications, emails, life). Watch out for this.
  • Share your drawings. One way to both quieten the inner critic and boost your confidence is to share your drawings. Resist the temptation to wait until you’re 100% happy with them. Be proud of where you are in your drawing journey today.
  • Enjoy the process. If you’re not enjoying it, stop. Do something else. You can always come back to it later.

I hope you’ve found these tips helpful.

All the best,
Emer