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.
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