Caleb is working on his drawing skills, but he feels frustrated with the speed of his progress. How can he break this project down into manageable goals so that his progress remains tangible and encouraging?
What do you want to learn? Leave your question at http://MasterOfMemory.com/.
Music credit: Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet, 2nd movement, performed by the US Army Band.
Just listened to this today and thought you really brought up an interesting perspective on breaking a project down and practicing on the individual parts rather than focusing on the big idea of “drawing mastery”. I happen to have a similar goal/project of learning to draw and your podcast helped me stretch my idea of what practicing might look like.
Last night, I received a post from a drawing blog author (Darren Rousar) I follow and it further confirmed what you talked about in your podcast. In a nutshell, he said to concentrate on the “art of starts” rather than following every drawing to a complete finish. Get good at starting your drawings with accuracy and proportion because that is where the learning takes place, not the fussy-fixing finishes. (80/20 rule)
“To best learn how to see, you should be spending most of the time pursuing accurate sight and less time on finish.”
Anyway, it just seemed like such a nice coincidence that I read this article then heard your podcast and they both seem to be suggesting the same idea. I could see how this different practice could be applied to all kinds of learning, not just drawing. Thought I’d share. 🙂
Great comments, Judy. Thanks for sharing that article! I’m checking it out now myself.