The Art of Starting: step 3 of 3 – Level up

Ninja at skate park, street art by Brave Scribbler
Ninja at skate park, street art by Brave Scribbler

Colouring-in is miles away from creating our magnum opus. So, how do we get there?

Starting isn’t a once off thing. To reach our magnum opus, we have to keep on starting. When we hit that wall that tells us we’re not good enough, it’s not time to give up. It’s time to start learning.

Finding your limits. Early on in this adventure, I let go of as much hang ups as I could and allowed myself to play. I experimented with different mediums, drew varying subjects, and tried varying styles. To level up, you need to connect with what you enjoy but wish you could do better.

Learning opportunities. There’s a wealth of information online, and we have access to professionals like never before. I dream of being able to download information like in The Matrix. However, in the real world, we have to invest the time to do the work.

Some of my Kids Lit resources:

Work at it. True learning happens when you apply the knowledge. Don’t get sucked into tutorials and podcasts, if you’re not actively working on something or towards something. Despite what the movies would have you believe, you’ll never learn martial arts no matter how many Jackie Chan movies you watch on loop. You need to find a class and show up, again, and again, and again.

  • I started this blog to find power in my voice.

  • I’m drawing; probably more than I ever had in my life.

  • I’m writing my own stories.

I’m creating; not my magnum opus, but little gems which led to other gems. Every now and then, they led to paid work. For now, that’s perfectly wonderful. Not very long ago, I wasn’t creating at all.

When I find my resolve shaking, I revisit Step 2.

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