Life is crazy. This week the wedding planning got to me and I had my times of panic attacks and freaking out sessions. The only difference between the two is the time of day. Or something. Look it up. Let me know.
In the midst of planning I constantly teeter between not worrying about details and still caring about the big picture (People! Marrying my best friend here!). A girlfriend of mine, a veteran bride, passed on some advice to me from another friend, another veteran bride, regarding not finishing the little things because only I will notice them. After I read that, it was a big "DUH" moment for me. It's still challenging for me to remember that because I'm so detail-oriented but it's amazing how much I'm learning from planning this wedding--not just about wedding logistics, but about myself and about this relationship I have with the most awesome guy ever.
I have a friend who went to art school and he's pretty darn talented. He'll deny it but he's talented. Anyway, I asked him about daily practices in regards to drawing. His advice was to work on the stuff that needs improvement, of course. For example, if I have trouble drawing hands, practice drawing hands. BUT, don't spend all day drawing such a detailed hand that the rest of the body goes unfinished. At least sketch out the entire form and slowly work in the details. But don't spend all your time detailing the one hand because all you'll have at the end of the day is a really detailed floating hand.
I don't want to leave you with the image of a floating hand... or do I? Will it help you remember to start with the bigger picture first and then fill in the details? If it does, then remember the floating hand! If it creeps you out, I put together a simple print/wallpaper that is less horror-movie-esque. Cheers!