Help! Phobia of bugs

8:09 PM, Tuesday June 14th 2022

What should I do once I reach lesson 4? I have an intense phobia of insects and arachnids - even butterflies are hard to look at up close. Is there anything I can do instead? Will I be unable to complete the course?

I'm willing to do supplementary exercises, even something akin to the 250 box/cylinder challenges, anything that could help me pass lesson 4 without having to study bugs. I don't want to quit, but I don't want to hate having to draw either. Any suggestions are very much appreciated :')

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9:55 PM, Tuesday June 14th 2022

A lot of people who've had similar phobias have had a better time with crustaceans (crabs, lobsters, shrimp - there's some demos to that effect on the informal demos page, they're also the most recently done and in many ways the most useful). Though while that's been a solution for many such people, it hasn't worked for all of them. Something to try out, though.

12:24 AM, Thursday June 16th 2022

Thanks for the suggestion! I'll give it a shot.

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