I Resolve to Make Mistakes.

It’s still January so I can still make a New Years-ie Resolution-ie type post…right?

I’ve decided I’m going to try and make as many mistakes as I can this year. For me, this basically translates as “stop second-guessing and just do it for Pete’s sake.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been so excited about doing some new project or experimenting with some new idea only to decide it’s stupid. And then do nothing.

I started this resolution before Christmas while I was out shopping for some art supplies and came across some markers. I love watercolor and I’ve dabbled in it but I wouldn’t say I’m particularly good at it…I just like it. But I thought I’d buy myself the markers to try as a quicker way of imitating a watercolor look. I loved it.

So I posted it on my instagram account and got the most likes I’ve ever had. Did my world change? No. But instead of thinking I’d like to mess around with some watercolors sometime, I actually went out and did it. (Okay, it’s not actual watercolor but whatever. I don’t have to explain. That’s kinda the point.)

Today I made a card for my friend’s birthday. Funny how I’ve NEVER made a card for anyone considering I’m a cartoonist. Once it was done, I thought I would have preferred to use the same sketchy style as I did above…and I thought I would have liked to have some different coloured markers…but still, it’s done and in the mail and I hope she likes it. I think she will.

I’ve also agreed to visit a school and show the students my process in a few weeks. When the teacher asked if I would come and I was wondering if I had the time, my daughter said, “Go ahead mom, it’s good to do some community service.” And I thought okay, I will this time. So I am.

So that’s my resolution. I’m going to make a lot of mistakes this year. Or do a lot of different things that I don’t normally do. And if something comes of it, great and if not…that’s great too. Mainly I want to break this habit of being afraid that some things I want to do are not good enough. Good enough for who? Right?

“To begin, begin.” -William Wordsworth

And Happy New Year to you!

11 thoughts on “I Resolve to Make Mistakes.

  1. Love the post and the pics. My niece is a children’s book illustrator who works at home so I’m always sending her copies of your cartoons. She also needs to take time to just do some drawing for fun but she is busy trying to support herself. I shared the one of the girls with my sister, I think every woman can relate. Your friend will be lucky to get the card.

  2. Thank you for your great pictures and cartoons. They make my day. I particularly like the card for your friend because it is something that I find myself doing almost every evening. I have become quite adept at the (almost) hidden removal of the constricting item of clothing without having to take off any upper garments. I have passed this talent on to my daughter too.

  3. I just discovered the blog portion of your site as I’ve been making my way through the early cartoons to the latest (I’m finally in late 2015, about a year after I discovered your great comic in the first place.) Thank you so much for sharing your talent, humour, and characters. They brighten my day, everyday.

  4. I liked that bit about making mistakes when I read the comic too. Here is wishing you make all the right mistakes – which lead to learning!

    • Thank you Swati! Nothing changes if nothing changes, right? I’d just like to get out of the habit of talking myself out of trying new things. 🙂

  5. Wonderful resolution! I may have to adopt it myself. Goodness knows I’m good at making mistakes – this might be a resolution I can easily keep!

  6. somebody please tell those in charge that all comics posted today, sunday march 11, are last week’s sunday march 4th !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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