Addicted to Feedback


I’m just pausing and reflecting on my behaviour with Internet driven art community networks.

Right at the top of my list of “ugly” behaviours was my obvious addiction to feedback. I was checking Facebook, Instagramm, Sktchy and my Sketchbookskool notifications in increasingly rapid intervals. There came a point where it just wasn’t fun any more, the first thing I’d do in the mornings would be to pick up my smartphone and check the number of “wow”s on Sktchy. That’s actually what made this behaviour so obvious to me and I’d ike to thank the Sktchy app for this precious lesson.

As a bit of input here, I’d read a bit of Danny Gregory’s “Shut your Monkey” and had already read half of George Leonard’s “Mastery” when I noticed the “feedback addiction”. So, I started wondering about what I was actually up to … with my drawing skills and my precious time. Is there really somebody out there I needed or wanted to impress? No.

So, for whom and what reason was I doing all this for?
Well … I had the reason right there … it had trickled into my head while reading Leonard’s book … “I needed no reason to increase my drawing skills, I should just do it, practice, practice, practice and have fun with it” … so, I can just enjoy the ride.
Again, to summarize: I was doing this for me and me only and I should enjoy the ride for the sake of the ride.

– Practice for the sake of practice
– commit to developing my skills
– be patient
– practice even if I see no obvious advance (and appreciate those plateaus)
– don’t mind looking foolish
– be in the moment

Leonard however does argument strongly for finding a very good teacher … I’m considering this … but haven’t taken the correct inital steps to ensure I find one.

Oh, well, but what would a blog post here be without a pic … so I’ve collected most of my Sktchy App pics and arranged them around the latest sketch I made on the back of a calendar (basically just scrap paper) … I must admit, I have also uploaded that pic to Sktchy because I’m hoping to win France’s book “Sketch!” …

[One of my next blog posts will be about gesture practice, I have collected a few thoughts on that.]

Some collected Sktchy App pics of mine
Some collected Sktchy App pics of mine

4 thoughts on “Addicted to Feedback

  1. Barry Comer May 22, 2016 / 6:39 pm

    I am very happy being Facebook Free for 4 years. It was the best thing I ever did.

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    • Stu-ttg-art May 22, 2016 / 7:07 pm

      You might be missing something, Barry … just joking … thanks for commenting! I use FB for communicating with a few local sketching groups.

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  2. Carol King Jun 5, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    I love your work and it just gets better and better. I’m thinking about signing up for Sketchbook Skool too. I hear what you’re saying about getting likes or comments. It’s so fun to get them, but that’s now really why we are drawing.

    Great post.

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    • Stu-ttg-art Jun 5, 2016 / 6:00 pm

      Thanks, Carol! Let me know, if you join SBS, especially if you take “Beginning” … I may (no promises) then also decide to take the Kourse … you will get to know loads of great people and perhaps hook up with a few … but look at us two, we found each other w/o SBS … and to be honest, this nice, quiet and irregular ping-pong we have here with our blogs is a lot more soothing than FB or other social networks … Nevertheless, I can highly recommend trying out an SBS Kourse … the rest is up to you. And, thanks again!


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