Focus on the Process

Instead of constantly getting discouraged I try to focus on the process not the outcome.

My process is daily and for the moment I have a very specific schedule every day.

  1. Work on exercises from The Natural Way to Draw.
  2. Fandom Fitness drawings.
  3. Writing on an Artist Perspective (coming soon).
  4. Reading my next Artist Perspective. Currently The Art Spirit by Robert Henri.
  5. Website work

These all work towards larger goals. Will I ever reach those goals?

I have no idea. Do I have control over reaching those goals?

No, I only have control over what I’m doing right now and as long as I do that to the best of my ability than I have a really high percentage of reaching and maybe surpassing my super inspiring awesome soul goals.

In other words, FOCUS ON THE PROCESS. Don’t worry about the outcome, we only have control over the present moment and how we show up in it.

Another Xena Drawing

I’m doing some measuring trying to keep the proportions accurate but for the most part I’m trying to get in touch with my authentic self and draw from my heart.

focus on the process not the outcome

I love how it feels when I draw these now. But I’m not so happy with the outcome. No worries, I get to do it again tomorrow! Awesome! Again, Focus on the Process and love the challenge!

For improvement I need to see how I can get more structure and depth into these portraits. For now they seem kind of flat.

More Post of Challenges and Learning from Xena


I was supposed to do an exercise called “Descriptive Poses”. In this exercise I’m supposed to describe a pose in words then draw it. Then the model is supposed to take the pose as I described it and then I draw from the model.

Unfortunately I don’t have a model. Even if I was super wealthy and could afford a model daily I couldn’t do it at the moment because of the covid-19 lock down.

So instead I did 9 memory gesture drawings.

After that I did a bunch of regular gestures. But for a lot of them I would limit how long I would look at the model. I’m enjoying working form memory so much, plus seeing the benefits, that I want to do it as much as possible.

Overall it was a great morning of art making and I’m excited to spend the rest of my Saturday creating and focusing on the process.

What went well?

Lots of drawing this morning.

What didn’t go so well?

I need more structure in my portrait drawings, they seem a bit too flat.

What did I learn and/or how can I do better?

I love memory gestures and my regurlar gestures are getting much better in some instances. There are a lot of hits and misses but I’m loving the process.

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