You Can’t See the Road Ahead
When you start out you may look at other people’s art and wonder how you would even go about getting to that level of skill. You look at where you are now and where you want to go and all you see is a gap in skill that seems unbridgeable in your lifetime.
You haved to keep in mind that learning to draw is a long-term process and it’s hard to plan ahead. You don’t know what you don’t know until you start trying. You don’t know where you need to build knowledge or skill until you collide with your lack of it. You can’t determine your style without trying a million different things and then subconsciously curating them into something that is uniquely yours.
Learning is not linear. You may be stuck at one level of skill for weeks or even months. Then you take a surging, massive leap forward to a place you couldn’t even have imagined before.
As you keep showing up, observing the world and practicing, your brain is doing a lot of work behind the scenes. Then it finally goes “ta-daaaa” and presents you with something unexpected and new.
But to get to that place you have to keep showing up though doubt and uncertainty and trust the process.
You never know how long it will take you to reach a certain level. Sometimes it will take much longer and sometimes it will take much shorter than you expect.
You can’t plan ahead because you never know what the struggle of the day will be. All you can do is show up and meet it in the moment, over and over again.
The path will reveal itself one step at a time.
Your job is to keep taking those steps.