Watercolor Distalfink by Frances Osborne Mistakes As Opportunities for the Sketch and Doodle Artist Considered

By Lance Winslow | Submitted On June 18, 2012

The other day, I was talking with an artist and we both noted that those people who sketch using pen and ink must be very sure of themselves while they are working. Because whatever you put on the sketch pad in ink is permanently there. It's not as if you are using a pencil, and always have the opportunity to erase any mistakes that you make. Okay so let's talk about this for second shall we?

It seems to me that sketching with pen and the ink, or even with a ballpoint pen affects the mind differently than someone sketching with a pencil knowing they can fix a mistake. For instance when you make a mistake using a permanent marker, your anxiety level goes up, but then your mind figures out a way to use that mistake as an opportunity to perhaps try a new method, slightly changing the drawing, or adding something new. In this case the mistakes become opportunities, and perhaps at that point the word "mistake" is actually mistakingly used.

As an entrepreneur, I realize that it's very easy to make mistakes, but one's ability to recover from those mistakes, and make every negative into a positive is the one who will win the game in the end, and continue to fearlessly innovate, trusting themselves that when they do make an error, they will make lemonade out of those lemons. It appears, at least while I was discussing this with my artist acquaintance that there is a certain level of confidence which is built up from someone who realizes they can't go back and change something.

They begin to trust themselves, and they no longer fear potential eventualities, it's as if it takes away all the anxiety, fear, and instead presents a challenge, one which must be overcome to finish the sketch and picture. Also, if the mistakes are too bold, the artist must rip the page out of the sketch book, crumple it up and throw it away. This is also very important in innovation, and perhaps you've heard the motive; "if you're going to fail, fail fast and get it over with."

In other words, if you cannot recover from your mistake in the pen and ink drawing, crumple up the piece of paper, and shoot it for a three pointer across the room into the trash can without even thinking twice, and starting over again. Overcoming that fear of failure is essential to winning in life, business, and I suppose the same is true for a successful artist. Indeed I hope you enjoyed today's discussion. Please consider all this and think on it.

Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative series of eBooks on Innovation in America. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank; http://www.worldthinktank.net

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