Recently I’ve completely changed the way I draw. And I’m not talking about style, but the way I do it.
I’ve always looked a lot on other illustrators work, trying to achieve great work as theirs. Of course I’ve failed. My work would never be as great as theirs. After all, I’m not them. It seems obvious right? Everybody tells us that “find your own path, don’t compare yourself to other artists”. But all that doesn’t take any effect until you realize that on your own.
It is like when you tell your son to not do something, but he doesn’t believe you. When he gets screwed, he comes back to you saying “yeah dad, you were right”.
So after 2 years of creative block, I could finally do that. I started a new sketchbook and promised myself that I wouldn’t show it to anybody. Not even my wife. I would be completely free on it, I would draw a lot of ugly and horrible drawings. Drawings that would make me ashamed of myself, that would make me quit illustration.
After finishing it last week, I can say that my drawing hasn’t improved. But it has evolved for sure. Now I can say that I can draw anything (something that I couldn’t before).
What has changed now, is the way I look at my work. I don’t look for perfection anymore. You can see on the NYC-42K poster that the windows are not perfect, the buildings are not proportional and they don’t follow any perspective. And that’s what I like the most about it!
If I draw a man and his arm isn’t proportional, that’s ok for me now, because that’s the way his arm is. And if someone point this as a mistake, all I can say is “thanks for your feedback, have a nice day”.
So the best tip I can give to my illustrator friends is: relax and draw! If you are great with perfect drawings, GREAT! If you are not, GREAT! Just try to look at the beauty of imperfection.
If you know someone who is struggling with their work, share this text. I hope that my experience can help people to overcome their creative block too.