It’s a long time since I’ve picked up a pencil for any meaningful length of time and I’m loving it. The results are patchy, but there’s a great deal to be said for spending some time on an exercise in intricacy. Speed, the essential ‘attribute’ of our times, isn’t a universally good thing. Working on something line by line and watching it develop is really important.
I’ve noticed that in most cases getting something down on paper quickly can be quite pleasing. Then there comes the ‘all is lost’ moment when abandoning something seems like the right thing to do. But when you push through that, there’s always a point where something better emerges – and it is always a lot better than the thing that felt quite good in the first place. What’s the lesson in this? Sometimes ‘quite good’ is the best answer because time is the dominant consideration. A good question in every context is ‘how much time do we really have?’.