The title above says it all. I thought I would do something different for this week and do a live sketch. I have always wanted to do a drawing video, so this week I am! It is my first, so please forgive me if the quality isn’t up to Hollywood standards. I wanted to set up the camera and place a piece of paper down and start drawing. My goal is to draw an image without an eraser! The mistakes are important to see because a drawing is a living thing in a constant state of change until it’s finished. As long as you are moving the pencil and making edits and thinking about how big to make the head in proportion to the body your drawing is alive in your mind. You will notice that I laugh a bit when I say, “Let’s draw!” That’s because drawing is like jumping into a pool, there is a barrier in front of you before you begin, and it’s not the paper. A “barrier” is anything you create in your mind that keeps you from starting. For many, it’s scary because no one likes to make mistakes, but drawing IS making mistakes. Mistakes are important! No one creates a perfect masterpiece every time they sit down with paper and pencil and that’s the unrealistic pressure many put on themselves before they draw. I call it setting up to fail. You can’t fail if you know that getting things wrong is a major part of the drawing. You won’t get everything right and many times you have to do a drawing over and over, but that’s the point of drawing! You’re going to make mistakes, but from those mistakes, you will make corrections or, as I like to call them, “solutions!” Drawing is problem solving and solutions are part of the fun! Just remember that whenever you draw anything try not to set your expectations high, make mistakes, find solutions, and have fun. Watch the video and see how I leap in! My drawing will not be perfect, and that’s perfectly fine with me.