Warm Up: Angels & Girl

I really need to do a lot of drawing. I mean, just drawing for drawing’s sake; playing around with line work, background and color schemes (as you see, above). There’s a little bit of a mental hump I have to get over, though, as I feel oddly anxious drawing something that’s NOT for a client.  My initial feeling is that I’m wasting time, though I KNOW that’s not the case.  On a deeper level I know it’s needful, if not mandatory.

So do any of you experience this? Do you find it difficult to spend much time on just making art to simply improve your art?

4 Responses to Warm Up: Angels & Girl
  1. Jazz
    May 5, 2009 | 8:17 am

    Is that you sitting at your computer? Funny isn’t it how we heap guilt on ourselves? Drawing for yourself will actually improve what you give to your clients, no? But what do I know, I couldn’t draw if my life depended on it.

  2. ElizT
    May 5, 2009 | 11:54 am

    I am completely stationary at present but fortunately my life doesn’t depend on it.

  3. Paula
    May 5, 2009 | 2:28 pm

    Thanks for your comments, ladies!

    Jazz: I guess that does sort of look like the “me” I draw of me, yeah. But no. That’s just a co-ink-ee-dink. And you’re right; drawing for me would be helping me draw for clients, however, I don’t make the naturally leap to that understanding naturally, even though I know that.

    ElizT: I hear ya. Thanks for your comment!

  4. Jack Ruttan
    May 7, 2009 | 4:14 pm

    That’s part of the thing of being a pro artist. Takes some of the kick away from just doing it. At least that’s what I think. Maybe find some kids, or others to work with. That might help you rediscover the thrill. I’m looking forward to my workshop, if it goes through (they’re being awfully dodgy about the dates, which I hate!)