This is another twenty minute sketch from drawing class. Our instructor introduced a different technique, which just wasn't working for me. I see how it could/should/would work but I couldn't achieve it. The good news is that I think I know why. So much of art is problem solving. You simply can't fix something if you don't see the problem. The important thing is to make note of your progression. It is so easy to look at someone else's work and feel you will NEVER get there. It is very important to keep in mind that the person you are most in competition with is yourself. Do YOU see improvement in your work? How does today's work compare to that of a year ago, six months ago, last week, yesterday? Sometimes the progression, if you see any at all, is very small. But, it IS there. Every time you try you are getting better. Every attempt teaches you something. There will always be someone you feel is better and that's a good thing. It should be motivation to keep on trying! When I was very young I remember reading "Talent is the desire." I believe that with my whole heart. No one is born knowing how to do anything. We all start from the beginning.
9"x12", charcoal sketch