Take Your Time

Make a MarkGreetings to all you mark makers out there! Today we are going to talk about taking your time.  I see so many people today expecting things to be perfect from the start and if it isn't, to simply walk away and say I can't.  Well, I'm going to through the BS card on that one.  You see I believe with all my heart that anyone can do anything that they want if they put their heart and mind to it.

No matter what you are going to do, draw, play guitar, play a sport, make photo albums, or whatever you want to do, you must first admit that you don't know what you are doing.  That's okay!  I have been drawing for most of my life and there are still many things that I don't know and am still learning to this day.  So take your time and give yourself the chance to learn.  

I was helping my stepson Rob today with some drawing techniques, and I asked him if her were going to draw this cool plant, how would he do it.  He made the rookie mistake of looking at all of the individual flowers and leaves that made up the plant instead of the big picture of the shapes that make up the plant as a whole.  He was describing just as fast as he could all of the many little tiny flowers that made up the plant and the color and every leaf.  All that is great and it shows great attention to detail, but at his stage of drawing experience, he should be looking at the big picture.  That is, what basic shapes are being used?  So, I stopped his report, I hope kindly, and after opening up my drawing pad, showed him how by slowing down and taking your time to find the basic shapes you can find a cool drawing.  All he needed was to take his time.

This is something that I remind myself of every day.  Take your time, draw what is there, be happy with the results.  If you aren't happy with the results, do it again until you are happy.

Now go out and make a mark.