You hear it often, but honestly, nobody likes to mess up and make mistakes in life.
Although this may be true it is a necessary part of life...it helps us grow as people to find out what works and what doesn't. This rings very true when learning how to paint or draw...you need to draw that horrible looking picture of your dog before you can improve. So here is some homework. Go out and buy a really thick sketchbook...get to your local mall and sit in the food court for a few hours a week and just draw people. This can get akward if the people you are drawing catch you glaring their way, but it will payoff 10 fold. You need to learn to draw well from life first before you can move onto anything else...so lose that addiction to competency and make some mistakes! You have my permission. Fill that sketchbook and keep me posted here on my blog on how you are doing! Later, Jason.