Today I sat in a lovely café with my old sketchbook and started sketching the world around around me. To my utter horror, I realised that my skills had seriously deteriorated, everything seemed wrong. The perspective was inaccurate, the proportions were off, and even the tones were hard to get right. I was so frustrated with myself. What was going on? I’ve been drawing all my life so why did I find it so hard to do it now?
Alright, so here’s my confession: It’s been a long while since I last did any observational drawings. All my work recently has been entirely stylized, so it’s no wonder that my hand and eyes weren’t quite up to the job.
It is distressing to think that a skill could so quickly disappear but the old adage is right in this respect, if you don’t use it, you lose it. The upside is that it’s not lost forever. If you once again practice, the skill can be reacquired. This is the task I’m setting myself now to regain the skill, I plan to stick to drawing from observation for 30 minutes each day, even if it’s terrible. I can sense this will cause a lot of frustration in the beginning but it’s essential and I’m sure will pay off in the long run.
Has anyone else been frustrated at not being as good as they once were at something? I’d love to hear your stories and what you did to overcome it.