Wonder Woman: Frustration

There are days when I feel like everything I create is terrible. No matter what I try, or how hard I focus, I just can’t achieve what I want.

That’s today. Wonder Woman is not going well. The first drawing was too small. These are supposed to be printed into a book and when the art is more paper texture than drawing it doesn’t look good at all.

Today I started on a larger drawing, then started it over two more times. I feel like the last three hours was a huge waste of time.

blah blah blah, negative thoughts, negative thoughts….

Okay, I’m done with that.

It’s time to analyze what the problems are figure out some pathways to a solution then put a plan in place to make it happen.

I tried a much smoother paper on the last drawing yet it didn’t look any smoother than the previous. There is always going to be texture with charcoal. I could kill all that texture with blending but I don’t want to do a lot of blending, I would like these to be sketches with energy and no need for a lot of detail.

“One does not accumulate but eliminate. It is not daily increase but daily decrease. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity.”
– Bruce Lee

If I use a ton of detail I can make anything look wonderful, it’s the ability to simplify that I lack. This is what’s frustrating me today. I’m running headlong into a brick wall of my deficiency. But the good part about all this is that, I’m out of my comfort zone, and in this position is the only place to grow.

What went well?

I worked more than 3 hours today.

What didn’t go so well?

The drawings are terrible, in my opinion, and I need to work a lot harder to get what I want.

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

Texture is going to happen with charcoal, regardless of the paper I use. Finding the right size for this drawing is going to be essential. Not too small for details, and not too big so the black areas are too hard to fill in.

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