Wonder Woman: Trusting Myself

It seems that lessons are never learned just once. We tend to forget, face the same obstacle later in life, then learn again.

The lesson I learned today is to trust myself. The previous few drawings of Wonder Woman were started from a tracing of the image in attempts to speed this process along and get the important parts placed correctly then work the drawing with some energy. But this whole process backfired. Instead of being free with my drawing over the transfer I was stiff and exact, I couldn’t break from the foundation, I was too afraid to screw it up.

Basically I didn’t trust myself to do a good drawing from the beginning and see it through to the end.

I think this happens mainly after making a lot of errors, aka learning. We make so many bad drawings we begin to doubt our ability to draw well at all.

My last drawing today was all from me. Start to finish no, tracing or help. Just me looking at the image and translating what I see and trying as hard as I can to be accurate and yet energetic at the same time. It’s definitely the best drawing of today.

Is it perfect? No. But I feel so much better about this drawing than all the previous I’ve done of Wonder Woman. I can do this, I just need to trust myself and keep working.

What went well?

My final drawing today went very well, with no crutches.

What didn’t go so well?

I forgot to trust in my ability and put the work in.

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

Just do the drawings, work hard, practice deliberately and for gods sake don’t use any crutches any longer they are keeping you from finding your true potential.

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