SketchPoetic | Principles


IT IS NATURAL TO FEEL EXCITEMENT, FEAR or trepidation BEFORE TAKING a LEAP. The following principles are here to guide you as you find your own way.

  • BE READY TO RELEASE EMOTION OR ENERGY. If you go into this with the understanding that you are choosing to release something in your creation then you are already halfway there. Intention is part of its beauty. Think of art as a healthy way to express something in your mind, in your heart. Something that has been weighing on you. Something you are unaware of that needs to released. These conscious or unconscious thoughts are there to serve as inspiration.

  • IT IS NOT ABOUT PERFECTION. The more you focus on the imperfections, the more freedom you will have in exploring your creative self. Allow yourself to be afraid, have doubt, feel intimidated. You can also be imperfect in technique and execution. This isn’t about creating a masterpiece in the traditional sense. This is as much about the process of creating as the creation itself. Let yourself get lost in it. This is the best gift you can give to yourself.  

  • THERE ARE NO SUCH THING AS MISTAKES. Every line, dot, space, spill, etc., are marks that were intended. Part of the growth you will experience through creative expression is learning how to let go and surrender to the discomfort of it all. You will begin to free yourself from pre conceived expectations of how it should be and learn to accept that everything is as it should be. It means going with the flow and allowing yourself to get lost in it.

  • BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF. The act of creation is healing in its own right. Even if you don’t know what you art is saying or expressing, it doesn’t matter. Over time, it will begin to shift. You will start to connect the imagery or themes in your art to the world around you. When this happens, you move beyond the process of creation, and go deeper to find the meaning in it. Don’t rush this first important step. Everything has its time and place. You have to be patient and trust in the process.

  • YOU ARE AN AUDIENCE OF ONE. This is probably the hardest part of the journey, but also the most rewarding. Artist or not, we all tend to create with an audience in mind. It could be a person, a group of people, or even a stranger. Someone in mind who critiques or validates you in some way. This is NOT your audience. This is ONLY for you. If you intend to share, then that’s a choice you can make. However, it is not the purpose of the why. You must learn to create because it is what you must do for yourself.