Made A Mistake? Frame It.
Perfection sucks bum.
Perfection is boring.
Perfection is restrictive.
Perfection is ….
you get where I’m going with this.
If anyone asked me what has been the number one thing that has held me back from finally seeing that darn project through to the end, or prevented me from saying ‘yes’ to opportunities that probably would have been awesome for me – I would say ‘the chase for perfectionism’.
I learned the hard way that this chase would only lead to truckloads of frustration, a lifeless portfolio and dead ends. It’s almost like walking down a long alleyway with walls splattered in dog shit, expecting to see paradise at the other end only to find yourself on the edge of a 200ft cliff. If you keep scrapping projects before you’ve even begun because you think you’ll never get it ‘perfect’ – number one: you’re right, it will never be ‘perfect’, and number two: nothing you do ever will be.
The sooner you realise that perfection is a myth and serves you no purpose other than to waste your time, the sooner you can actually make a start on your journey and begin to appreciate and embrace the happy accidents and ‘mistakes’. Perfection sucks the life out of shit, if everything was in tip top shape 100% of the time – there would be no character, nor fight nor passion. We’d be a nation full of empty vessels, with no stories to tell and nothing interesting to say.
Art gives us the opportunity to express our thoughts, share what gets us going, what turns us on, what pisses us off using whatever mediums we want. So much fun to be had!
So what if you tried to draw a nose and it looks like an avocado, go one step further, get cracking with the areolas and slap a third nipple on that bad boy – then frame it. Can’t get more unique than your mistakes. Be free to express yourself and bring your crazy imagination to life.
Many artists have taken their ‘shortcomings’ and converted them into USP’s. From oversized heads, excessively broad shoulders and fuzzy eyebrows, to third eyes, and droopy breasts, these are some of the unusual features that have contributed to some of the most fascinating art pieces out there. Had they given up upon realising hyper-realism wasn’t for them, these artists would have never been discovered and their pieces would still be tucked away in a sketchbook covered in erratic scribbles, never to see the light of day.
Try to focus more on learning and enhancing your skills, and use that as your driving force. Concentrating on accuracy takes your attention away from the learning process and hacks away at your creativity – as all you’d be thinking about is making sure that your work is spot on, no exceptions or errors accepted. Trouble is, those errors could actually make your work a whole lot more interesting. Making the conscious decision to bypass them, you’re not only taking away from your work, but you’re also starving yourself of enrichment. You will learn nothing if you keep giving up at the first sign of imperfection.
Giving yourself the chance to make mistakes, and track your progress through practice will boost your confidence, whereas pressuring yourself to get it perfect every time will squeeze your confidence away. Instead, celebrate your victories, no matter how small and insignificant you may think they are. Heck, if you couldn’t draw a leg last Tuesday, but you drew a kneecap on Friday – celebrate! It’s progress, and you are acquiring new skills that you didn’t have before.
As I always say, speak your truth and be free! None of us are perfect, never will be and never should be.