Beyond My Comfort Zone

The latter half of my art day today didn’t go as well as I would have liked. But I know that when I’m pushing beyond my comfort zone these days will happen.

Pushing beyond our comfort zone is where true growth happens. It’s no different than exercise. If you want to build muscle you have to push your muscles a little outside their comfort zone. But, we don’t want to push so far that we snap. We don’t want to make our art practice so hard that we give up.

Yoda Drawing

I work on my fandom fitness drawings, my performances, at the end of my art day because I can normally reserve more time for them. But today I wasn’t on schedule so I only worked on Yoda for a little bit.

Yoda drawing in graphite

Previous Yoda Drawing Posts

Warm-up and DrawABox exercises

The warm-up exercise is the same as usual. It’s still challenging, in fact I don’t think I’ll every be perfect on these. It may always be great practice. Or I’ll adjust it and push beyond my comfort zone a bit.

warm-up

I’m still loving the Drawabox.com exercises. Today was all about ellipses.

Steve Huston Perspective Exercise

Here is where I begin to push beyond my comfort zone. The last few days I’ve been looking at the entire figure, drawing it, then trying to draw it again but from a different perspective. It’s super hard and I need a ton more work on it.

But I figured that I would try a different approach to it and take it one body part at a time, starting with the head. The first place I thought I would start is with the Loomis head and the following video by Stan Prokopenko.

He goes through the entire Loomis head process. It’s basically a simplified version of the head that can be manipulated easier when your creating from your imagination.

The problem is that I’m not so good at it yet. I was looking at photos of figures today and trying to apply the Loomis method to each head and couldn’t quite get it at all. I think I may have to step back a bit and do some tracing of the Loomis method over images first so I can understand it a little more.

Head Study

I do have a suspicion that the Loomis method will work as long as the head is not in any extreme position though. I’ll need to test my theory.

One Minute Gestures

The previous head study difficulties must have bled over into my gestures today because I felt way beyond my comfort zone with these. Even though I’ve been doing them for months. I’m excited to work on them again soon and improve.

Daily Composition and Daily Sketch

I drew my amber glasses that I put on at night to keep my circadian rhythms in order and a composition of a person sitting at a bench at the marine park close to use. I like this composition it seems very contemplative.

daily composition and daily sketch

What went well?

Getting out of my comfort zone and into my growth zone!

What needs work?

Getting right to art on the second half and not being distracted by things.

What did I learn?

Failing at something is a reverse indicator that you pushing and working hard, not that you suck. Because everyone sucks at a new thing, through failure we grow.

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