12:03 PM, Wednesday January 18th 2023
I don't know if this is cheating but one thing that really helped me see what I was suppose to draw was to take the reference image on photoshop, put it in gray scale, go to image, adjustments, posterize and put in 2 values I would just turn it on and off to clean up the distractions and see it as simple as two values. Also, I know that we want to grow fast and do it perfectly at our first try, but don't allow yourself to feel overwhelmed, instead just spend some time looking through the texture gallery and admiring how beautiful the patterns are, why are they so appealing to your eyes, what makes them beautiful, analyzing and taking in information like this is not a waste of time, we should always remind ourselves of the fun of the process. Texture is awesome and that you can represent it in your drawing is really cool too.
And last but not least, remember to make sure you are your best friend, your best friend would never say: man, this is garbage, it looks horrible, you suck, you should give up. Instead say: wow, that was hard but you did it anyway, good job! I'm proud of you! you're moving forward! learning can be tough sometimes but you can do it! :)
Oh and one last tip, if you start to feel tired or heavy or anything just take a small break, do something else and try again later when you feel better. No one is pressing you to be perfect, it's your process, your journey so just enjoy it! s2