Starting Over and Striving for Excellence

For the Dr Who drawing I’m starting over and striving for excellence because the previous drawing was just not working.

It’s hard starting over sometimes. I’m trying to get these drawings out with mare alacrity so starting over is really time consuming but when I thought about it today the decision seemed right. Besides, if this one goes bad like the previous one I can go back to the first, or start a third.

It would be easy to just chalk up the previous drawing as done and move on to the next but I want to strive for something more than just “good enough”. I’m shooting perfection with hopes of reaching excellence, because perfection is impossible.

All that is good, but if I don’t change something for this drawing it’s going to end up like the last. For this drawing I plan on dialing in my focus when I’m working on it. My plan is to plan out a chunk of time, remove all distractions and go deep. This is directly from Deep Work by Cal Newport. I’m also planning on working the drawing up in graphite fully then adding in charcoal later. I’ve found a certain type of charcoal that actually layers well over graphite as long as I don’t gouge the graphite deep into the paper so it’s shiny.

The Tenth Doctor David Tennant drawing

Previous Dr Who Drawing Posts


The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


The Natural Way to Draw

No energy for The Natural Way to Draw book exercise today. I plan to get back to it once I’ve taken the time my body needs to recover.

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

I’ve made my decision in starting over and striving for excellence and I’m really happy about it.

What needs work? What did you learn?

Deep focus on my art time, remove all distractions.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

Set aside blocks of time no longer than 90 minutes and take breaks between. Close the office door, put on headphone, define a task and go deep!

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