This week I want to talk to you about sketching off days. Yep, they do happen and are a real pain in the butt.
They usually happen for me after I have been on a good roll and then bam… off sketch day! It totally throws me every time and I think ‘wwhhyyyyy’. I get that shot of ‘im just not good at this’ and all the other mental negative blurb trot through my head, as I am sure you do as well. It’s human nature. The ego stepping in as it try’s to protect us which is a false belief and one that will never serve you.
The thing to remember is to be kind to yourself, feel the feelings then let them go and then distract yourself with something else.
The instinct sometimes is to keep trying to correct it or start again and try to push through but with that you have not dealt with the emotion of it yet. You still feel annoyed with yourself, that feeling is still running through and it WILL come out of that pencil you are holding but not in the way you want!!!
I have also usually found that when I have a sketching off day is usually on a day when I am feeling not my best self anyway or there is something playing on my mind more than usual or I have tried to force myself to sketch when I don’t really want to or I know I am not in the right frame of mind to.
5 Tips To Get Over A Sketching Off Day
- Stop, put everything down.
- Reassure yourself. Acknowledge that it’s not your best work but that it’s ok, everyone has off days.
- Distract yourself with something else for a bit, something that takes your mind off it, anything that you enjoy will do. Read something, watch one programme on TV (I do this as it stops my mind wondering), go have a bath, take a walk, anything!
- Come back to it and carry on or start again if you feel better, or just leave it for the day and start again tomorrow.
- Lastly I look back at some of my better work to see what I have done before to reinforce that I do have skills and I CAN do it and improve. I would not have this skill or the desire to pursue it if I was not mean’t to use and share it.
The purpose of the above is to make yourself feel better. Validation for your work should come from within. All to often we seek validation from others when in essence what matters is that it comes from ourselves first, anything after that is cherry’s on top. You may be creating art for others but YOU have to love and appreciate what YOU do for others to love it just as much too.
I hope the above tips give you some help when you have a sketching off day, I know they work for me:-)
To see my sketches for the week please see my Instagram account @zoebadgerart.
Until next week happy sketching.