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  1. blanche August 29, 2015 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Tuning out self-criticism and self-doubt seems to be difficult for me. The picture I’m posting is the best drawing I did by far and it’s the one of my daughter. I don’t want to post the drawings of myself because I don’t think they’re good enough, and I’m not pretty and young like my daughter. My second drawing of myself turned out better because I attempted to let it go, have fun and not take the outcome as a personal failure.


  2. Benton August 30, 2015 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    I did not expect to be stirred up by this exercise, but I WAS! In my first self-portrait, I was so worried the drawing would make me look prettier than I really am. I kept imagining people thinking, “Does she really think she’s that pretty?” Then I was just giddy drawing my nephew. My concern was 100% about artistic ability, feeling rushed, and trying to fix how much older he looks in the drawing than real life. Finally, side by side, the difference in emotional expression really zapped me. I could hardly imagine drawing myself smiling… So I tried. I don’t think it looks so much like me, but I must say, I don’t really care. It just feels better. I wonder what difference it will make in the real world if I worry less about my appearance in the mirror and more about smiling. My guess is it will both free me up from those voices and make myself more attractive to others. Wow.


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