Last month I signed up for CreativeBug to take illustrator Lisa Congdon's Line Drawing class. I knew it wasn't going to be a hardcore illustration class, but figured it'd be a nice break from my day to allow my mind to play on paper. With my day jobs (yes, multiple) taking up more of my time this year, I've been consumed with getting tasks done. It can be a bit draining once you realize that you haven't given much time to the things you like to do simply because they bring you joy.

Now I have to admit that I started out the first two weeks of Congdon's online sessions strongly…and then fell off for a couple weeks before I came back to it. Good thing a subscription allows you access to all classes past and present. Not only did I like watching her create, but the snippets of wisdom she shared were also reassuring to hear from a self-taught and now-seasoned artist. Below are two on perfectionism that resonated with me so much that upon hearing it the first time, I had to replay them again so I could jot them down.

On being too critical about your work: "Most artists, we look at our work with a certain critical eye and that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's a bad thing if it paralyzes you from doing anything at all. You want to have this balance of knowing that you haven't arrived or that something could always be better or more interesting, but also not let that prevent you from putting anything out into the world at all. So I have to force myself to sometimes put things out into the world that I know aren't perfect and that's part of the creative process. And I think the general public understands that artists don't just sit down and know how to paint overnight nor do they make a painting in one sitting that looks perfect."

On embracing imperfections: "When you're drawing from your imagination, one of the important things to remember is that things will come out imperfectly. In a way, it's the imperfections in your drawing that are going to make it really interesting and quirky. And why I think a lot of people like hand drawn line drawings as an art form because they are so interesting in their imperfections."

To sign up for a month long subscription to Creative Bug ($9.95/month) and access Lisa Congdon's class, which contains four videos, downloads, and video recordings of her chat sessions in which she answered students' questions, visit This current five-week course on building a creative brand ($175) looks interesting as well.

April 15, 2014 by Dorkys Ramos
Tags: Creativity

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