If you have been a reader of my blog since I began my journey into sketching, you may remember that I have struggled with trying to achieve a looser sketch style.

In the past I have obsessed with accuracy and trying my best to achieve realistic results. This inner expectation of realistically rendered sketches has often caused me to produce less work, especially if I was crunched for time, I may not pick up my pencil at all if I didn’t have a meaningful amount of time to dedicate to sketching.

I have tried for a good while to move away from such strict and high expectations, to find a style that will allow me to be more loose and forgiving with my marks. I believe I have made good progress in that direction. I have at least been able to scale back my expectations. This may sound counter-productive but it allows me to cover more ground and actually frees my artistic expression. These sketches were completed several weeks ago but, to me they show progress due to their less than polished states.

This progress is mostly due to the fact that my inner critic is satisfied with the results. Which is what an artist should be striving for. To create work that satisfies their inner critic. This, I believe, is the secret to being a happy artist.

Thanks for viewing my work. I would love to hear from you, drop a comment below if you would like to continue the conversation. Have a great day – MDL

22 thoughts on “ Be a happy artist ”

  1. Well written and great sketches Michael. I think a lot of people look for validation from others and compare what they do to other’s “better” work… but if we make things for ourselves, we make what WE want to see or look at, then we’re happier with the outcome (like your inner critic).

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    1. Absolutely! I have been in the place you are describing in the past, looking for validation from others. It’s not a good place to be and will steal your creativity and passion. I feel as though I’m beginning to develop my own style and slowly I’m beginning to walk my own path. It’s a great feeling. Thanks for commenting, you are always supportive and I appreciate it.

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  2. As a first time visitor to your blog, I think these sketches look great. The parts that are unfinished are like the out of focus parts of a photograph and brings the focus more on that which matters, the eyes and face of the subject. Often its the things that are left out add to the imagination of the viewer and make the composition or artwork more interesting. You have a great tallent.

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    1. Thank you for such kind words. I agree, often times what is not shown is just as important as the things that are clearly defined. Thank you, for visiting. I just hit the follow button on your blog. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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