2009 was… a very memorable year.
I think that the biggest and most important lesson I learned this year was how to fail. Looking back, at some point in my artistic development I stopped taking as many risks. Mainly out of a fear of failure. This fear has been the biggest obstacle in my progression as an artist (and a person). This last year I took on many projects that had a high probability of failure. Some of them resulted in unforeseen success. The rest were just successful failures.
It’s taken me a while but I finally feel like I am at a point where I ‘m ready to fail.
Here is an example. Over the spring I purchased a mole skin sketch book. These sketch books have been used and praised by several artists that I admire (sort of the Mac of sketch books, all the cool kids use it). The problem is I hate it. The paper has no tooth and it feels like drawing on a glossy envelope that can’t take getting wet or hold ink. Instead going back to the sketch books that I’m comfortable I challenged myself to use it. I went even further out of my comfort range by drawing everything in pen. That way I couldn’t erase. I would have to live with every line, every mistake.
Below are the first few pages of my mistakes. After that are some random pictures from 2009.
I can’t wait to see what 2010 has in store for me.