The right mind state for drawing? [Archive] - Artist Forum

: The right mind state for drawing?

11-18-2016, 04:31 AM
Hello, My name is Ron I am 16 years old. I Have been drawing ever since I remember myself, for the past 3 years I have been actively studying anatomy, composition and color theory. When I am in my studio, with an expensive canvas, paints and brushes, every stroke I do is intentional, every color I mix I mix for a reason, and the results satisfy me. I feel like I enter some sort of mind state that allows me to use my skills to their full potential, at that state, it takes me sometimes months to finish an art piece. However whenever I draw in my notebook, I just can't get there, I just get carried away and hurry to finish as much as possible. I can't treat each detail on the paper as if it is an artwork by itself (which I do on canvas) and it just ruins the spirit. Are there any practices that induce patience, creativity and basically that mind state of drawing?

Any advice would be highly appreciated.

11-18-2016, 05:34 AM
Hey there Ron!

My take on this would be; don't focus too much on replicating the same state of mind you experience when working in your studio. Different media and different environments will always have some measure of influence on most artists, and that doesn't have to be a bad thing; you can definitely use it to your advantage.
Being deliberate about everything you do can lead to great artworks, but a sketchbook can also be very valuable when you use it for the opposite of that; quickly jotting down different ideas, experimenting and working without the pressure that might come with wanting to make something that looks very good. Sketches don't need to be pretty. There just that; sketches. They help you give shape to the initial idea and just try out stuff.
Making as much as you can as fast as you can, can be a very good way to get all sorts of ideas down on paper and to work out a certain subject from all sorts of angles without losing too much time.

Hope this helps

11-18-2016, 07:19 AM
Let us see an example of your work, Ron. I draw mostly. I have not painted in years and there's nothing sketchy about my art. I take months to finish a piece. I have the same feel of accomplishment as you described. When I finished a piece, I seal and.frame it before starting the next.