During my last two workshops I could see the wish in many eyes to draw perfectly, but something kept my students from even trying to sketch. Most of the time it’s fear of failure. During sketching very often the dominant left side of the brain constantly comments with words like »Oh I can’t do that, it looks wrong, it’s bad, I am never going to learn this… (Sound familiar?)«
Well, a sketch is not about the perfect drawing but about being a vehicle for exploration and understanding, a way to learn to »see« the world and not just look at it. Degas already knew that there is no beauty in absolute perfection.
Sketchbook, 14×20 cm, 2012
© Astrid Volquardsen
Jonathan Ive from Apple said in an interview: »What I enjoy about being here is there is a remarkable optimism, and an attitude to try out and explore ideas without the fear of failure. … It is so important to be light on your feet, inquisitive and interested in being wrong.«