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#112 - What You Feel While Drawing - Stoicism, And A Way To Not Feel Bad About Your Art

Don’t feel bad about mistakes.

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This article is part of a mini-series that focuses on noticing how you feel when you draw. One article was about perfect silence in your head , and another about the effects background sounds can have.

This article is about how you feel about your drawing after finishing it and how you can influence it.

Because I already know how you feel. You see all the mistakes, and you feel your drawing sucks.

Here’s a trick I got from Alexander Steenhorst.

After you draw, make notes next to the drawing on what you think worked and didn’t work and why. Figure out what you need to practice more, and devote pages to these things you need to practice more.

What this does for how you feel about your drawing is that it turns something negative into something positive—seeing your drawing makes you feel depressed. But now you have a plan to improve, and you are left with a feeling of positivity, excited about the plan ahead to practice these things.

At least, that is how it works for me!

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