One of the many obstacles artists face, including myself, is waiting for the ‘right’ time to start on a project or when you feel like you don’t have the skills you need and you need to research more on the subject before continuing.
If that thought creeps into your head and prevents you from putting in deliberate practice into your work, then you need to ignore it and start anyway.
Do that portrait pencil sketch, or that painting regardless of how you feel it will turn out. Its ok if you don’t know how to draw the eye, or understand colour theory, it only matters you take action and immerse yourself in the process of learning without judgement on where you are.
This kind of mindset takes practice but you can apply it straight away. Do whatever you’ve been putting off right now without any judgement on the outcome. If you’re not good at portraits, pick up the pencil and crank out a few, then pat yourself on the back for doing that. Even if its the ugliest portrait you’ve done, you’re laying down a brick every time you do the work and through consistency and deliberation, you will improve.
Tell yourself today that you will turn off that voice in your head that tells you you’re not ready, and that you aren’t ‘good enough’, or turn down its volume, and then proceed with drawing or painting without any judgement.