The other day, I read a short post on Instagram from one of the thousands of creative people who give advice to other creative people online. This piece of advice was a common one about the idea of no pre-planning for a sketch or drawing, starting with an indelible ink line and living with the consequences. I have heard this SO many times, each time producing a shudder.
I liked this article very much. I enjoy using my pencils for the initial sketch and then using my kneadable eraser (maybe!!) For this past Christmas, I created 50 holiday cards (watercolor) using about 10 different designs. I was comfortable with my "pencil first process." It made for a lot of my time/effort directed to each card... but that was my choice. It made me happy.
Thank you so much.
I ran into something similar recently. I posted some of my old work, pointing out the weaknesses and why I have never been satisfied with my work even while acknowledging that is was still pretty decent.
Geesh, you would have thought I was saying I was going to kill myself because my art was not really what I had hoped for. I was being rather vilified for 'not respecting' my work. I was being reassured that I was an Artist and no one should ever be able to criticize an Artist's work, not even themselves.
Yeah, right, whatever. I am an artist. I don't need to capitalize the word, it is not even the only label I have.
I gave myself permission a very long time ago to create my art however I want, enjoy creating it, and share it with anyone who shows an interest. I go through a lot of pencils and erasers. :D
Pencils are Permission Sticks. That is the best turn of phrase I’ve heard in a long time! Great writing, Jessica, and I agree with everything you have said!