Today’s sketch is of a conch that my parents have on their bookshelf. Apparently it was inherited from my step-father’s parents. Again I was mostly just trying to get the basic lines that make up the shape. This one had a much more interesting shape than most of the objects I’ve been drawing lately. I’m not sure it’s the most accurate representation but I think the proportions worked out pretty well and it’s not too far off. I also may not have chosen the mot interesting angle for this sketch. There were just so many interesting angles to choose from. I might sketch it again from a different angle on another day.
I was doing this sketch while we were talking to my brother on Skype. When my mum mentioned what I was doing I ended up showing my sketch to my brother over Skype. That resulted in my brother and I showing each other various pictures from our sketchbooks through the crappy cell phone cameras. There were so many beautiful, detailed sketches in my brother’s sketchbook. It made me feel completely inadequate. I know I can’t expect to become an amazing artist overnight. Still, some days it can be hard to shake the feeling that I’m not really making any progress at all.
It can feel a little overwhelming knowing where it is you want to get to but having no idea how to get there. The important thing is just to break it down and take things one step at a time, moving forward towards that goal in your own way and at your own pace. That’s what I keep telling myself anyway. If I try to rush myself or constantly change what I’m doing because it doesn’t feel like it’s working, or at least not working fast enough, I’ll just slow myself down in the long run.
So I guess I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing and hope that someday my sketchbook looks as good as my brother’s and all of the other awesome sketchbooks out there that I’m totally jealous of. The important thing is to turn that envy into motivation rather than just letting myself be crippled by feelings of inadequacy. If I give myself time to learn and lots of opportunities to practice then I’ll get there eventually, even if it’s not as quick or easy as I might wish it could be. Nothing worth doing can ever be done in the blink of an eye.