Tuesday, June 14, 2016

On the frustration of trying to learn a new skill

Thanks in part to the Teoh Yi Chie's YouTube channel, I've been on a bit of a drawing kick. Whenever I have a few minutes, I'll grab a blank index card, a pen, and draw away. The results are horrendous.

I was on the Potmac River last week and thought, hey, I should draw the scene. Again, the results were downright cringe-worthy. The drawing to the left was made on site, the drawing to the right was made the next day from a photo.

One phrase keeps going through my mind as I engage in this practice:

To become good at something, you need to be bad at it first.

Rationally, I know that with enough practice I'll get there. But man, is this learning thing tricky business!


  1. Yep, that's the only option. Still, so much easier said than done!