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And get yourself a steadfast interlocutor

As the crane slowly lowered the casket-laden truck into the hole, the widow leaned over and whispered “He loved that ’58 Chevy Suburban more than anything or anyone.” And then, quietly, “That should hold him.” [Excerpt from a short story in progress.]

As the crane slowly lowered the casket-laden truck into the hole, the widow leaned over and whispered “He loved that ’58 Chevy Suburban more than anything or anyone.” And then, quietly, “That should hold him.” [Excerpt from a short story in progress.]

Making mistakes is the point with Dumb Sketch Daily. And it is the point with writing every day. And it is the point with moving forward quickly with client work. Progress happens only as we make mistakes. And often we only realize it was a mistake—or at least somehow fallen short of our dream—when we present our rough sketch to someone else. That’s why it is important to have steadfast interlocutors in our lives. Those ongoing conversations with people we trust help us see what is what, which helps us see how to do something differently, which is what progress looks like. Teachers and professors and authors (and spouses!) can be great conversation partners as we stumble toward some goal.

I am learning to make mistakes in more media. Yesterday I commented on some quick sketches by an artist in Quebec, how simple they were and how definitive.

“It’s easy,” she said. “Just sketch the people you see on TV.”

“Not so easy,” I replied. “I do that as well, but my sketches turn out fussy and juvenile. And ugly. And sometimes I despair at how bad they remain.”

“Well, I do 12 sketches before I get the one I really like.”

I found that encouraging because she is quite accomplished. And of course we all know this is true. One need only think on Philip Glass or Hemingway to gain a bit of perspective.

The more time we commit to the thing, the more mistakes we make, the more we progress. But mistakes are part of the process. As far as I can tell, making mistakes in pursuit of our passion is the only way forward.

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Dumb Sketch: Kirk Livingston

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Written by kirkistan

July 3, 2015 at 9:22 am

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  1. Reblogged this on Dumb Sketch Daily and commented:

    I really appreciate the comments from all you folks who stop by Dumb Sketch Daily. Thanks!

    kirkistan

    July 3, 2015 at 9:29 am

  2. Awesome post, Kirk! I’ll be thinking about this post with my daily work on the July project! Hehe! Nice one.

  3. So true! Love this post!!! Tells me: No need to be perfect! Thank you, Kirk! 😊

    ann christina

    July 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm

  4. Great message for artists of all kinds and levels, and can be applied to many aspects of life as well. Thanks, Kirk!

    Sand Salt Moon

    July 3, 2015 at 3:18 pm

  5. Great sketch, true words.

    memadtwo

    July 3, 2015 at 7:06 pm


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