I’m donating a custom piece to a charity auction in October, and the deadline has forced me to step up the drawing so I have enough samples for the event. I did this drawing of a friend’s daughter, and wow, it is so much easier to draw other people’s children. One of my favorite professors in college repeated again and again that I need to draw what I see, not what I know. So drawing a child I don’t know as well, I’m better able to see her as she is, right in front of me.
I am thinking there might be a more general lesson in all of this, this letting go of preconceived notions.