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Proficiency

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 3, 2012, 11:35 AM


    Practice can be frustrating, mundane and agonizingly repetitive, but it is necessary. I think, rather than being vital to improving the quality of our work, the importance of practice is that it makes us proficient, this is a crucial distinction.

    Without practice you'll slave for hours or days over a mediocre piece; we've all been there. Consider the alternative, rather than pouring your soul into the next humdrum scribble, do yourself a favor and commit those hours to practicing fundamentals instead.

    Nobody is invincible, and you will despair if you continually subject yourself to failure, but practice isn't showcased; nobody's watching. You can fail endlessly and that's actually the point; if you had no shortcomings, there'd be no reason to practice. Adopting this perspective is half the battle.

    Make sure to be reasonable, measure your progress in months, not weeks. Exercise your patience, practice discipline.

~ Wes


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:iconthargorbk:
Thargorbk Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And now I know what I'm going to be doing for Winter Break. Cramped wrists and graphite covered hands ahoy!
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I recommend it. ;p
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:iconthargorbk:
Thargorbk Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It actually seems to be working. It's just a mentality you need to work yourself into slowly.
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Dadapan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This reminded me of "zen comics"
Great post!
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:iconwestlylafleur:
WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'll have to check into that.
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:icondadapan:
Dadapan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry, "Zen pencils"
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Cheboboh Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for this great journal post!
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:iconwestlylafleur:
WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you gleaned something of value from it.
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Rajesharoki Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Great inspiration friend! thanks!!!
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I was inspired to write it. Thank-you.
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