Smiling improves your artistic ability.
(May 9, 2012)
I wrote this down as a constant reminder to myself that determination leads only to frustration and gritted teeth.
I was having a bit of a struggle drawing this lion. I couldn't seem to convey the emotion I had hoped to express on his face.
I thought scribbling my lions on a pad at a coffee shop would keep me from taking it too seriously and enable me to accomplish my goal: an energetic drawing of an expressive lion. I'd have all the fun without the pressure. But it didn't work. I was getting frustrated. The more I kept trying to get it right the worse it got.
Over hearing me sigh, my friend Edward Biagiotti, author of the blog Tapping Into Genius
, casually said, "Smile when you draw that." Sounds silly but I knew he was right. So I did it. As soon as the corners of my mouth turned up I could immediately feel my mood rise with the flood of endorphins a smile releases. I lightened up, loosened up and my drawing improved. Best of all it made me feel great since you can't be frustrated and smile at the same time.