In today’s podcast, we’re going to talk about the curse of perfectionism for artists. And one of the first things to consider is why you are striving for perfection. Are you striving for perfection because you enjoy the process of getting there? (That’s not a bad thing) Or are you just striving for perfection to prove to others, or yourself that you are ‘good enough?’
Some of the things that we discuss
- One of the causes of perfectionism is that you compare yourself to other people and feel you don’t measure up.
- Another problem with comparing ourselves to others is we can lose aspects of what we do that makes us original
- Being a perfectionist can make you wait until you feel the situation is perfect to start.
- Perfectionism can make you hesitant and scared to put down a mark with confidence, so you lose spontaneity
- Try to bring that feeling of play from your sketchbook into your more finished work
- Perfectionism can make you scared to try something new for fear of failure
- When You get annoyed about your drawing not being as good as you want it might stop you from creating for a while or hinder your progress.
- Perfectionism can lead to an overworked and sterile piece or art
Do you suffer from perfectionism?
This week’s creative question
Q. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done with an art tool, that doesn’t involve what it was meant for?
The best answers will be read out on a future podcast.
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