Updated: Aug 4, 2021
Many times, especially in the Western world, we measure success or failure based on the results of a project. I would like to relativize this way of seeing and judging what we do. I'm going to question it, here I go. To begin with, when we carry out a task, from the simplest such as cleaning the house to drawing a drawing in the dentist's waiting room or a design for a client, we have to have a north, understand why we do it. Everything seems very easy up to here, but both you and I know that then putting it into practice can be very complicated. I continue with the example. In the case of the dentist, the objective of this drawing is not to make a good drawing but to burn time and stop thinking about whether I have a tooth decay or not. Therefore, when analyzing that drawing, what I have to see is not the anatomy of the figure or its realism. I have to analyze if time passed faster and if I managed not to think about my tooth while I was waiting for my turn ... is that understood? I am not saying that the result is not important, I am not saying that the anatomy or shading of a drawing has to be wrong. What I am saying is that it is important before sitting down to create, to know what the objective of that creation is, because many times the objective is not the creation itself but the mere fact of creating. It is important before sitting down to create, to know what the objective of that creation is.
I recommend tackling problems one at a time and focusing. I do not instruct my students to make a drawing from scratch, with the perfect structure, all the correct proportions and realism, using all the colors in the palette and including a hand, a face and a body in the same work. Why? Because the risk of getting frustrated and making mistakes is too high. Instead I propose to draw an eye for example and focus on the shading and its volume. That way we understand the problem and get to cover it. When analyzing the result of the drawing then we will judge by these last mentioned points. A personal example: I'm trying to get more and more comfortable with the brush. For that I am painting a little every day. Paint sometimes goes well and sometimes it goes bad. Is that my parameter to measure the result? No. What I care about is taking the brush once a day and getting a little familiar with the medium. That way it is much easier for me to be successful in my task. TRUST THE PROCESS - (Believe in the process) They will always find a way to capitalize on what they do. If we make a drawing with which we are not satisfied, surely we learned what "not" to do next time. Set a clear direction when creating and learn to capitalize on both the good and the bad. What is clear is that the key is not in the result, the key is not when we finish the task but WHILE we are doing it.