The “Start Over” Dilemma

I’m posting very late in my day because we had a super busy awesome day but after coming back to Buffy tonight I’m faced with a “start over” dilemma.

One of the quotes that I like from Richard Schmid’s book Alla Prima goes something like…

“Never knowingly leave anything wrong on your canvas.”

Richard Schmid

It’s an easy statement to make but when your faced with starting over a huge part of a drawing, AGAIN, it’s hard to stick true to the statement. But if we want to be the best artists we can be we have to challenge ourselves by doing the hard things.

Fandom Fitness Drawing

Here is the “start over” dilemma, and the reason why it’s in quotes. Buffy’s new arms are not looking correct. I think they are too small so I will need to erase the body below her hair and start over.

Granted I’m not starting over the entire drawing but I have re-drawn her arms and torso three times now. It’s really hard not to just go with it and keep moving forward. But I know I’m going to see this drawing for the rest of my life and know that I could have fixed it and did nothing.

It’s one thing to not have the skills and make a mistake it’s another thing entirely to have the skills and ignore mistakes. The first is part of growing, the other is apathetic.

So tomorrow I’m going to work my butt off trying to get these arms erased and looking right. Woot!

Buffy the vampire slayer drawing

Previous Buffy Drawing Posts


The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


Gesture Study

I was supposed to do 15 one minute gestures from the The Natural Way to Draw book. But I decided to do three 5 minute gesture studies instead.

Gesture Study

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

I have the knowledge to recognize when I messed up. The Agency to know that I can fix it and the skills to create pathways to get better. I guess the “start over” dilemma is not really a dilemma, I already made the choice to be my best.

What needs work? What did you learn?

More analysis of things like this in the future.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

Put in the time necessary at the beginning of the drawing process rather than all the time fixing mistakes.

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