I only had to age, get married and have a couple of kids before I realized that I was the main derp standing in my way. My children think I’m amazing at drawing and constantly ask me to draw them something or other. My oldest (he is a first grader) likes it so much he requested the Golden Ninja be drawn on his math workbook. lol Alhamdulillah it came out funny but he LOVED it and was so proud of it.
I’ve always believed I sucked at drawing so I rarely made any attempts to draw and therefore I sucked at drawing. Same goes for any other discipline I felt I wasn’t any good at. I don’t mean “I suck” in a self effacing way. Nope. My stick figures looked funny and that’s ok. I made that reality my reality and now I have to work to change it. There are so many negative invisible scripts playing in my life but I’m slowly dismantling one by one. Insha’Allah.
There are some very talented people who effortlessly make amazing works of art but even they put in the time to better their crafts. They have talent and dedication to do what they do and I find that so amazing and comforting because it means that I can do it too. It makes life less scary.
I was offline since Friday night and binged on Nora Ephron. Finished "Wallflower at the Orgy" (its not what you think) and "I Remember Nothing." Loved them both. Bint two is now two, slept in a colorful bed, Ibn bumped his head and got a chichon, read Growth Hacker Marketing. I'm slowly chipping away at my reading wish list. #filofax #personal #planner #plannerlove
I started sketching little by little sometimes sharing online but not consistently. Even tried the Lynda draw for 21 day challenge but things got in the way. They always do. Recently I started sharing my planner but soon stopped too because “things got in the way” like my crowdfunding campaign. I’m starting to notice a pattern here but nonetheless I keep trying and adjusting.
I also felt like a fraud because my freehand drawings weren’t as good as my digital drawings. SOO many invisible scripts! My friend Emma reminded me that digital drawings might just be my medium and being comfortable with a medium is the hardest part.
Recently I was listening to an interview with Scott Young and he mentioned that MOST people only need about 20 hours of dedicated time of attempting a skill to drastically improve. The 10,000 hour rule applies only if you want to be a master in the field and go toe to toe with other masters. However, for the vast majority of people being sufficient is enough. Such a relief! It’s doable. What does 20 hours translate into? About 30 mins a day. I can do that.