Hey there, all you spiffy people here at CA.
I have come to this forum in hopes of receiving some advice.
When I was in high school, I used to draw all the time.
Looking back on those drawings is a humorous experience, as you can imagine.
That is where most of my improvement happened. It's also when I loved to draw most.
I've made a few connections from this.
First of all, I was never drawing because I wanted to become great.
I was never drawing because I wanted my drawings to look great;
I drew to make jokes about the characters I created or liked from games/shows.
I am nowhere NEAR as carefree as I was back then, and I want to change that.
I drew a lot, without getting hung up on the outcome,
and I improved a lot because of it, without even noticing.
But since then, I feel as though I've stagnated.
I'm pretty sure it's because I draw maybe once or twice a week.
It's taken me a year to fill up a sketchbook that would have been gone in a month.
The part that frustrates me is that I am really slow when it comes to drawing.
I know this will also improve when things start flowing again,
but I'm always reluctant because I get this nervous feeling in my stomach
that tells me I won't finish it, I'll get frustrated and give up.
I can't get rid of that feeling; when I try to push past it, it gets stronger.
I want to go back to the way I was when I was in high school,
where I had a lot of "drawing stamina" and it never became frustrating.
Not only that, but my drawings now are so lifeless;
What I've gained in technique I've sacrificed in feeling.
My bubbly little art stream is now full of thick mud.
I want to know if any of you have any advice for slaying this atrocious beast.
I've tried the "just start drawing" thing but it turns into that sour taste in my mouth.
Maybe some good exercises that will help break into the habit?
What do you guys do when you feel that jerkface pulling on your legs?