'You don't have to be a perfect artist to do fulfilling work.'
This one requires me to back up a little because I know that the title could come across as loaded with an emotion I didn't intend, though; I feel the wording is in fact accurate, bare with me and hopefully you'll agree.
For the first time today I went to a meet up with other comics and pop culture enthusiasts in my city. I arrived, asked if I could join them and within moments we were talking and drawing and having a bit of fun. I didn't know any of them but I bought the table some wedges to snack on and started asking questions, listening and I learned a lot. (Thanks gang, it was fun :)
Some of the people there were drawing too and, without knowing a whole heap about their background, I was a little intimidated by the speed at which they could put out some pretty decent work, just doodling at the bar. I didn't draw, my social anxiety prevented it but it was interesting to see and I'm definitely going to be working on my public drawing confidence because it looks like a generally useful skill as well as a heap of fun.
At a certain point the topic of 'Free Comics Book Day' came up. For those who don't know - myself included, until recently- its a day where comic stores give away free comic books as a marketing and community building event. The group I was with tends to go along and volunteer to draw requests for the people waiting in line. I was asked if I would like to be a part of that.
I wanted to say yes. I really wanted to. But I knew to my core that I was not good enough for that. (Can you hear the compounded social anxiety talking?) I said I was rusty, but volunteered to help out...you know, tbd on the drawing .
What surprised me next was the positive attitude they had about the whole thing. Apparently the threshold is really low and the validation is very high. They say its a double whamy of high praise feedback and fun...now I don't know if they were rhapsodising a little and I don't really care to be honest. The idea that I could use the skills I have now to do something that makes people happy with very small stakes is an appealing thought. As I've said, I'm generally quite an anxious person and the definitive nature of the task and the low possibility of failure was a breath of fresh air to me, even just thinking about it. I intend to help out...I intend to draw. I don't have to be brilliant, I just have to be there. Not perfect , just present.
I do, however; have to go practice drawing; Spiderman, Shera and Pikachu, etc... from now until then....anxiety doesn't go on holiday for good vibes, haha.
Do you do anything similar? Could you? Let me know in the comments .