In the name of one of my 3 words for 2014, and to continue on with my hand lettering endeavors, I’ve been creating. I really have! It’s extremely exciting.
One of those things about creating is that it’s always hardest to start. This notion became apparent to me again when I received my Pencil from my parents as a Christmas present. Having not doodled for quite a few weeks, the action of sketching on anything seemed foreign to me.
At first, Pencil seemed clunky to me and I wasn’t sure if I’d even end up enjoying it. But the real problem wasn’t the tool, it was the user. It was quite an amazing realization: I’d lost my muscle memory of being comfortable with drawing in a matter of weeks.
How to overcome this? Just start sketching.
I started with a clunky drawing of a boxy remote control. Easily a toss-away sketch. However, simply retracing (pun intended, har har) the steps of how to draw something reignited the spark, and suddenly I felt unstoppable.
Simply retracing the steps of how to draw something reignited the spark.
What to take away from this? An old hobby or past time may feel clunky at first. But by taking it one step at a time and not expecting immediate stellar results, you can rekindle your love affair with your old favorite hobby or skill.
By the way, sketching with Pencil and Paper while sipping on a new craft beer may be my new favorite way to spend my evenings.
Have you ever found a mental block holding you back? What did you do to overcome it?