Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep.
The best drawings leave things out. Call this method abstraction, simplification or just good editing: leaving an image open leaves room for the viewer.
Learning to draw requires leaving something out as well: your inner critic. Drawing and self doubt get on like two Beta fish in glass bowl. Progress, if we are going to think in those terms, cannot happen if you are not engaging fully with a drawing process. Silence the din in the noggin.
Draw frequently with great attention.Try different approaches to focus your efforts. Think of the sketches as problem solving.
These drawings deal with simplifying a complex scene into shapes of shadow. They chart light. They must be done in about fifteen minutes. They use a simple tool that is not detail oriented, so I do not try to become literal in my response to the reference.
Do not aim to win perfection or you will get paralysis as a door prize. Aim for satisfaction of some basic drawing goal:
• describing a condition of light
• finding the proportions and gesture for a likeness
• creating a focal moment within a broad landscape
• minimizing detail and maximizing graphic impact
If you are concentrating enough on the task you can let the ego go and surrender to the process of seeing.
SURRENDER TO RENDER.