Leonardo, Portrait of Isabella d’Este, Chalk on paper, 1499-1500. Drawing 26.
My goodness. This was an emotional piece for me. I tried and failed so many times on this drawing that I was ready to throw in the towel on this entire project. As much as I wanted to give up and just be done with it, I kept telling myself, “just one more time, you can do this.” Finally, my perseverance paid off and I was able to create a piece I am proud of. It’s not perfect, but it has come a long way from the beginning!
Drawing is such a sensitive craft. One thing for myself that I must improve on is consistency and quality. Sometimes I feel like I can create something beautiful one day, then the next it’s not at all where it should be. I’ve come to the realization that as an artist we are so sensitive to our surroundings and whatever we are experiencing will play itself out in a very tangible way within our work. It’s been a challenging year, and at times I know my emotions will get the best of me while I’m creating. When that happens, take a deep breath, take a step back and reassess. One thing I have truly appreciated about this project is that with every single failure I’ve experienced, it has taught me something. I can take away a lesson within each misstep and use that to improve myself in the long run.