I've lately wanted to start getting serious about art again, but I keep running into an infuriating and discouraging problem.
You see, I can draw from reference pretty well. I just spent 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM on drawing people from photographs and didn't get discouraged at all. Then I tried to draw people from my imagination and ran into trouble. I nearly immediately became anxious; my palms began to sweat so much that the paper started to curl-up. I can still fill a tightness in my chest even now, almost 10 minutes later.
I think it's because I feel like I won't be able to draw anything good without reference material. I can look at the drawings I just did from reference and feel proud of them. When I flip to the next page of my sketchbook to look at my attempts at drawing without reference, though, I feel so discouraged that I just want to tear the page-out or try in vain to erase every trace of a pencil mark.
Is there anything I can do about this?
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