Conquer your fear of failure|TIP33

Have you ever felled awkward to draw something when people are looking above your shoulder?

It happens that a sketcher suddenly can’t draw anything. Trying to sketch new things, he’s paralysed and draw nothing; thinking that his sketch may be judged by people.

TIP#33 No failure, no progress

When you meet a difficulty, face it. You might not solve it easily, it may get you on nerves. Relax and take it as a game that you’ll get used to fail. Failing will be part of the routine.

Then you’ll take the habit to solve problem with a clear mind. #Dexterity

That’s actually one of the reason I started the 365 Keep Sketching Challenge. It helps to conquer my fear of failure. I try to show you the good and bad days. But I aim to keep the main curve of progress rising.


Sketching anywhere, in the train, bus, plane, pen shop. I get used to draw in public. It helps to draw without caring much about people around you.

I was chilling at Typo shop. They sell colorful notebook, glitter pen, and all kind of fantasy decoration things. As usual, I like to have a look at the pen corner.


The pens didn’t interest me much. What catched my attention was that long dimension sketchbook size. I randomly took a pen and slide it on that beautiful paper. It’s somehow like how a surfer may feel when he see a high wave coming. It was a pleasure to sketch on such surface.

@Sole_consideration recommended me on Instagram to run a normal sketchbook through a bandsaw. I have never wished as much a bandsaw. Smile



It’s the first time I draw a sneaker with a glitter pen. It’s kind of girly and not appropriate. Anyway, with no shame, I experiment.

How about you? What slow you down at improving sketching?

Let’s discuss about it in the comment area below.

About The Author


Hello! I am a Product Designer from France. If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my industrial design career, I believe that they can also help you reach your design goal as a student or professional. My aim is to help you all along with your design projects and journey! Leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at : ) Chou-Tac


  • Muhammed

    Reply Reply October 27, 2015

    My fear is imperfection …like when I’m sketching and I can’t get the perfect form of a object I end up drawing multiple lines over my sketch to try and find the perfect form , but in the end it just looks like I’m scribbling on the paper ….is that a bad thing ? Should I use the ghost drawing technique to avoid this ?

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply October 27, 2015

      Hello Muhammed, yes you just need to relax and practice with the ghost drawing.
      To do it well make sure to do not rest your elbow on table or twisting your wrist. When you draw, the full arm is moving. 🙂

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