Hello Pin Pals,
Impatience is definitely one of my flaws. However, I've realized that alot of times when I'm in a hurry or trying to find a short cut, it's because it involves stuff I don't want to do, don't like doing or things I'm not very good at. Illustrations have always been one of my weaknesses. Few people know this, but when I first went to college in 1988 at Texas Southern University my major was Fashion Design. I'd always liked drawing and my god-mother, Betty Randall was an instructor there and a great fashion designer, so it seemed like a great idea. Well needless to say I quickly changed it when I saw that everyone else was so much more advanced than me. It was extremely intimidating to find out that something I'd always been praised for by my family and friends meant nothing when I was up against some real competition. Well years later, after several futile attempts at making myself 'fit' into a major -- from fashion design, nursing, business, then marketing, I finally got the nerve to try art school again in 1998, this time at the Art Institute of Houston majoring in Graphic Design. I loved it and felt as though that was where I should've been all along. I still wasn't the best illustrator, but a great designer, especially in packaging. I will never forget my drawing instructor, Mr. Kevin Richert who always told me I wasn't seeing
. It was so hard to understand what he was saying, but finally he referred me to this book, 'Drawing from the right side of the brain' and it helped alot. Although I've let many years go by without practicing or trying to get better until recently. I've always wanted to draw/illustrate better, but out of frustration and the desire for perfection I wouldn't. I know that makes no sense at all, but its the truth. Well lately I've been practicing and am very, very proud of some of my drawings. My skill level has improved greatly. Like I would always tell my kids, "practice makes perfect". But I was only partially right, practice makes perfect when doing it the right way
. Now I see
the fine details and it is really helping my drawing skills. It's all in the eye of the beholder--I thank God for giving me the vision to see!