You know what I’m talking about. Ever make something and send it out only to later wish you could take it back and fudge it a bit—or even redo it completely? This is me all the time. It’s the reason I could never get a tattoo and that I wish I could sneak into George Hrab’s home in order to replace a drawing of him with a better one (more about this in another post). I cannot help but look back on past work with derision and regret. In a way, it’s a good thing. It’s an acknowledgement of my own improvement. But it’s also annoying. At it’s worst, it has crippled projects that I never start because I think to myself “Eh, wait until you can do it better. Don’t draw that now.”
How about you? How bad is your art regret? Do you have it at all? If you don’t, how to you keep it at bay?
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I chose this drawing as a header image because it is one of the few that I do not regret. It is still as perfect to me as the day I drew it. I also know that Amy would appreciate it.