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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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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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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'll have to check into that.
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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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:iconwestlylafleur:
WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I was inspired to write it. Thank-you.
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StoryKillinger Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is applied to anything in life tbh!
Practice.
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:iconwestlylafleur:
WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think so, yes.
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BrotherOstavia Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Amen to that man.
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed.
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NekoBoi87 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
This entry of yours made me feel happy. Thank you!
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:iconwestlylafleur:
WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad to have made your day better, in that case.
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Gold-Ringed-Eyes Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Youre on Wes ;)
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:iconwestlylafleur:
WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Like the energizer bunny.
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Gold-Ringed-Eyes Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconhellyeahplz:
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rosanovella Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Writer
Great post. :)
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank-you.
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coolpopcorn Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very thoughtful post :3.
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:iconwestlylafleur:
WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I try.
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999inthedark Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Thank you for posting this.... I needed to hear this.
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think a lot of people should hear this.
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999inthedark Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I concur with you.
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Ashlmet Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
I know you challenged me Wes-

But I also know you'll be disappointed as well C:

..HOWEVER. I do promise to make progress. I DO.

I'll break out of my comfort zone and experiment- I'll get faster at completing works, and do full bodies-...I'll try to throw a creature or two in there (but that's called cheating ;) )...

Hot damn if you're not the roadrunner and I'm just Coyote.

C:
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I don't know about the analogy, but I'm certainly kicking up some dust.
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Lightrail Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice reminder as I'm guilty of neglecting practice. Thank you for the little reality check/pick-me-up.
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:iconwestlylafleur:
WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad that for once, my journal served as both.
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MereMcQueen314 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a very insightful post, and definitely a reminder we all need daily.

I myself can relate. :) I wouldn't be playing piano for church services if I hadn't practiced for my eight years I've been. And in the end, all the practice is worth it. You've reached your goal and have talent and skill at what you do that you couldn't imagine you'd have.

Thank you again for this wonderful post and reminder.
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome. I'm jealous, I'd like to have the time to learn piano, but alas, it won't be for awhile.
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fang Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i totally agree! once i finally get through my commission list, i'm going to do more speed painting.

i figured that even if i didn't like the idea i was doing or even if it wasn't turning out that well, just "finishing" it and moving on was still more worth it than expecting a masterpiece every time.
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If you're going to learn something from a piece, it usually happens pretty quickly. There's something to be said for the occasional masterpiece, though.
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fang Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
well said.

but hey, do enough of them and statistically something's going to look really good right haha
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