Tuesday, February 18, 2014
It's Okay to Fail
As you can see from the version on the left page, it didn't turn out so well! Oops. It's funny how the mind has trouble seeing what is actually there when it thinks it "knows" how it should be. My mind tricked me!
So I realized that this attempt could not be salvaged, so I decided to leave it (as a cautionary tale) and start again. Now that I realized that my brain can trick me, I took the drawing task more carefully, using pencil to mark cross-hair guidelines, dots of the corners of the spa, etc. When I was sure I had the proportions relatively correct, I then drew in ink. Much better.
It's okay to fail. Sure, it's easy to regard it as a blemish in my book, but it teaches me something (that the mind can make assumptions about shapes and angles when I draw something, and I need to pay attention), and that is even more valuable than a perfect drawing!
Roz Stendhal recently had a blog post that is very relevant to my experience here: Go Ahead and Fail Today. In it she links to a wonderful video of Milton Glaser talking to us about the fear of failure. If you are always successful, you do not develop in your endeavor, period!