I have a problem with having to redraw a picture about 100 times until I can actually be happy with it.
I have a very fast, dynamic way of drawing, filling everything with movement, and it's part of what I love so much about drawing - the physical movement, and the act of bringing something on a 2D paper or screen come to life. The problem is that I'll be happily drawing a figure or something, then realize one of these things:
1) The picture is slanted. (You know what I mean - what you notice when you flip a picture horizontally!) This happens because I'm going with the flow, enjoying drawing the hair blowing in the breeze or whatever, and not paying attention to keeping the drawing straight and balanced.
2) The proportions are off. For the same reason as the above. When I come to my senses I realize I don't have anymore room on the canvas or some parts are out of proportion with other parts.
3) In my perfectionism, I've gone back to fix a few things, which may have something to do with 1) or 2), and in doing so destroyed the energy of the drawing. Or maybe I just began to draw details, but because I did it when I was in my rational state of mind, the lines are dead, the shapes are flat-looking, and the whole thing looks stilted.
I need to do the whole thing in a flash of inspiration, getting everything right and feeling good about it, and not becoming self-critical, until it's finished or the drawing is going to get binned. If I force myself to finish a drawing I've lost hope for instead of binning it, no matter how much I correct it it's vastly inferior to what I produce using my restart-till-it's-perfect method which I think is a copout and a time-waster, not to mention frustrating.
It takes me forever to finish anything and I can't draw a good picture on demand. I know it's partly a lack of technical skill (or fear of discovering a lack of skill), but it's also the fact that I rely on that initial energy, and any corrections I make break the "zone" I'm in. Has anyone dealt with this? It's ruining my drawing life.