All too often, I skip the early stages of making a drawing or painting in favor of wanting to jump in and just get to drawing. This is a bad habit.
Part of the problem, is that I don’t have the process firmly in my bones. I know it in my head, but I haven’t experienced going through it completely time and time again.
In school, and in my work life as a designer, I was never indoctrinated into a proper process around picture-making. There was never a phase of real research and discovery, of looking at what others had done and gathering reference materials. I never took the time to blow out ideas to try and get past the obvious ones and move into more interesting, novel ideas. I never spent the time to sketch out and compare different scenarios, thumbnails, and as a result, I would simply jump in to the part where you make the picture, the comp, even the website.
It’s exciting to jump in and start working on the thing. Working in the realm of what the final picture or work will be. It’s more fun because you are seeing the actual object take shape. You’ve got the materials and you’re pushing the “paint” around until it meets its final form.
The problem though is that without doing the legwork before hand, you quickly become disillusioned because what you are seeing is not what you’ve envisioned in your mind. It becomes disappointing, and all too easy to give up.
This is why it’s so important to follow process, to trust the process, and to focus on executing all the stages of the process. It helps you focus on the step that you’re currently at, and helps you break down the complex task into manageable pieces. It helps you finish.