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During my freshman year of college, I decided to take my first drawing class. My expectations were low and I solely took this class as it was required to fulfill my degree. Our first project was to exercise ‘blind contouring’. My teacher stressed how we, as artists, need to get out of our minds and focus all of our trust and attention into our sight. Having to focus all your attention on a single object and draw it without looking down at your paper seemed easy enough. We started with our own hand, and to my surprise, I focused less on my hand and more on the paper. I relied on the idea of the hand that was in my head and it resulted in my work becoming somewhat static and predictable. A task so simple actually became daunting and frustrating and losing that power to know what I was doing left me vulnerable to make mistakes. My entire perspective on sight and art changed dramatically following that class. It took weeks for me to realize the beauty in the mistakes, or what I interpreted as mistakes. I had to teach myself how to let go of the expectations that seemed to constantly lead to disappointment. As my teacher mentioned, I had to focus time and time again on the trust and attention of my sight. The fear of making mistakes is a waste of time. Genuine art can come simply from the process itself. The truth is that you may never know what lies ahead and its important to become comfortable with that idea. Because in the end, not knowing what the future holds doesn’t always means that we’re not prepared for it, but that we should be open to whatever it may lead.
On the cover, Brandon Woelfel // Featuring: Cary Fagan, Kiele Twarowski, Lloyd Pursall, Parker Woods and loads more.