Today is my third day doing a July sketchbook challenge from Tinkerlab. Today’s prompt is “Uneven”. Whilst I could have taken other routes, the one that made more sense was an image of scales. Whether weighing justice or weighing gold, the image of uneven scales is something that has become a part of western civilisation for hundreds of years. Today, I used an image from the TransparentPNG website. Given the huge selection of images on the website, I will likely use it again soon.
- Reference image (https://www.transparentpng.com/details/partners-scales-balance-weight-justice-gold-_3574.html)
The end product has issues with proportion, but I quickly ran out of time. That means that the bottom of the stand, the right side of the bar and the cups are not quite right. I did, however, spend a bit of time adding a bit more detail and some shading. It is not perfect, not by any means, but it did give me a chance to play with some interesting shapes. I even made use of the pencil proportion trick. However, I didn’t use the latter technique near as much as I should have. It would have reduced the proportional issues significantly if I had. But the idea is to get in the habit of drawing different things each day and paying attention to how I achieved the end result. This includes the good and the bad of it.
If I don’t pay attention to this sort of stuff, how can I improve? Whilst I may be doing this for myself rather than a career, I still want to get better. After all, why waste your time doing something only to do it half-*ssed? Too many people in the world accept mediocrity when they should pursue mastery. This doesn’t mean that I will beat myself up. However, the mindset going in greatly determines what you get out of something. You are either priming yourself to success, failure or the numerous stages in-between. A mediocrity mindset means that you are less likely to engage with material to help you improve if you go into the task with mediocrity in mind, and to spend time trying to perfect a skill, trade or art. Mike Rowe‘s talks on career clearly come to mind when I write this.
If you are doing a creative (or other) challenge this month, feel free to let me know about it in the comments section. It doesn’t matter if it is health and fitness, skill honing or creative challenge either. If you are trying to push yourself for a period of time, you are trying to improve yourself in some part of your life. Going out of your comfort zone can be a bit of a pain initially. However, your body and mind can adjust if that stressor is appropriate. We can make more time in the day to get it done, thus allowing us time for other obligations such as quality time with loved ones, work, etc… Either way, we will find out something about ourselves in the process.