Artistic Stamina

With artistic stamina we can look at every “mess up” as a possibility for a positive in another drawing and an indication of how to get better.

Whenever we “mess-up” or we “screw-up” on a drawing or painting we can have the ability to look at that negative in a positive light. We can use our “mess-ups” or “screw-ups” as an indication and where to grow.

I see this in many part of my art practice. For example, let’s say that you do a drawing and it just isn’t working for whatever reason, maybe you kept one drawing really soft without any hard edges. But then in a part of a drawing you “messed-up” and accidentally put in a very sharp line. This may be a problem for your current drawing but the sharp line will work wonderfully in another drawing. You may even discover a technique that you’ve never used before and would work for a new idea or motive.

Every “mess-up” can be used in a different drawing!

In fact I’ve learned a ton from all my recent Fandom Fitness drawings. My first drawing of superman use both graphite and charcoal and I wasn’t familiar with mixing both mediums and I “messed-up”. But now I use the combination of graphite and charcoal to communicate extra contrast in many of the drawings after.

Through that drawing I’ve learned how to use graphite for softer textures, charcoal for rough textures, graphite for lighter tones and charcoal for the very dark tones. Plus I learned when to put on which so they stick better.

What drawing or painting “mess-ups” have you made?

How can you use what you learned from those “mess-up” in other projects?

Let’s cultivate our Artistic Stamina and use all the challenges that art offers as fuel for our creative growth!

Fandom Fitness Drawing

I’m moving down to the body for the Buffy drawing and beginning to define her arms and hands. I may have to use my wife for photo reference here. I do have several stock photos that I’m working from but the hand positions are just not working well.

I’m going to have a lot of challenges with her body but I’m going to continue to work patiently through them, love the journey and learn while I’m working.

Buffy the vampire slayer drawing

Previous Buffy Drawing Posts


The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


Extended Gesture Study

The extended gestures study exercise in the The Natural Way to Draw book is being repeated a lot now and I’m still learning and having fun with it.

Extended Gesture Study

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

Awesome art morning with deep focus and a great reminder to myself to constantly see my “mess-ups” as boons and cultivate my artistic stamina.

What needs work? What did you learn?

My schedule is behind due to my am workout.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

Plan more time for workouts in the am.

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