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    The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4278/10,000

    So, I'm Jake, and this is my very unscientific attempt to test the '10,000 hour rule' (It's also on tumblr at http://10000hourrule.com)



    When I heard about the '10,000 hour rule' I was interested in being an artist, but I was struggling to draw every day and thought it might be an interesting challenge to try and log my hours. Partly because I thought it would be fun to see how well the theory lines up with reality, but mostly because I was lazy, and needed a goal. I started by working for an hour or so each day, when I could, and gradually worked my way up to doing it (as best I can) all of the time.


    I'm not obsessed with the idea. I don't think that x amount of hours will magically make me good. Maybe it's a terrible idea... But I'm 4000+ hours in now, and it seems stupid to stop.



    And, here's some links to various people talking/writing about the subject. They explain it all way better than I could.



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHxf68nb_-o

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Outliers-Sto.../dp/0141036257

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mastery-Robe.../dp/178125091X

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    Ok, after messing around with the sizes, think I can update easily now. The attachment manager thing's a bit long, if it works, it works though.

    Right, drawings...
    All stuff from yesterday or earlier - Marker pen drawings are from a while back.

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    Bit more stuff from today, plus some old moleskine work I'd forgotten about

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    Hey Hey!
    Did a tiny bit of Loomis work, and then a portrait, trying to bear in mind what I read.
    Really helpful.

    Almost felt like a step forward..
    Rendering's still pretty bad, this pencil thing's totally beating me.

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    Couple of bits of digital from yesterday. Not exactly proud of them, needed to post though

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    Had visitors so not got a lot done,


    Digital from last night,
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    Couple more bits, all from yesterday.

    Gonna colour the key today, not feeling that confident. We'll see how it goes though

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    Hiya Jake

    That's some nice work you've got so far. I think you should try to do some more full-body sketches instead of just faces all the time.

    The extreme close up of the horse made me chuckle

    Keep drawing!

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    Trisscar - Hey, thanks for dropping by, really appreciate it. Full body stuff sounds like it could be fun, I'll give it a shot.

    Just tried colouring that key. Just have no idea where to start or how to approach it. I've slapped down some colours, but they're pretty off, and not sure how I should attack it.
    Any pointers would be a huge help!!

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    So, I realise noone actuallllly cares, but sorry for the huge delay uploading, went away for a week with some friends, and sorta got out of sync. Anyway, here's what I've been up to I guess.

    Any comments would be awesome... Seriously, they'd make my day

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    All pencil this time, got scared of PS

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    Just found this in a folder of old work. Was pretty proud of it when I did it (as I was putting together my uni application).

    Nothing compared to some of the work on this site though. Woooahh

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    trying to do a detailed study in PS.
    Stage one
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    Well this is where I got to with the study... Which I found out was michael jordan. Ooops, probably should've known that.
    But yeah, here it is. I just get stuck at this point. I should really stick with it and keep at it, but... I. Am. Shattered. Might try and just dedicate a day to a single piece soon. That should help
    Maybe tomorrow?
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    Good studies, you're getting there!
    One thing I can say for sure is to continue challenging yourself and pushing the limits, only way to improve. Otherwise keep up the good work

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    Man, i love the eyes you draw! And also, these clothes on post #12 are just awesome, they got style. Keep going!!

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    Portraits are getting better man! Keep it up!

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    your colour marching is getting much better ...
    i think that the still life of the shoe you drew is really really good ...
    keep it up!

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    Good stuff, especially that cloth study. On the portrait, maybe use a bigger brush and get the big overall down first before doing the details.
    Keep it up!

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    Awesome *__* I like how you have a firm grasp on solids.

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    Very cool stuff your portraits are getting better every time you post them keep up the good work and you'll have it down

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    Woah, first off, thanks so much everyone. Feels good to see other people's names in here . Makes me wanna keep it up.
    Also, crap all done recently (oops) had people visiting and been working though. Not a great excuse, s'all I got though.

    Stantz - Hey thanks, . Yeah you're right, need to start doing some slightly different stuff, portraits all the time, while I guess they're improving, isn't the most productive thing. Gotta push me some boundaries .

    Henrique - Cheers, yeah the eyes were kinda fun . Clothes were just a thing to put into a portfolio for uni, before I started doing studies properly. Ha, that's if you can call what I've been doing studies .

    Wanderer - Thank you . Feel like I'm making progress.

    Gavin - Huh?

    Elophant - Ha thanks, sucks the first thing's the one you liked . Hopefully I'll get summin to match it done soon.

    Braintree - Cheers, yeah liked doing the clothes studies. Fun to mess around, work on a slightly stylised thing. Oh, and btw.... Your sketchbook. Mindblowing, love it man.

    Vitaquena - Ummmm, gonna take that as a compliment, not exactly sure what you mean though

    Ice - Thanks, Yeah, if nothing else, keeping the SB lets me look back and see if I've improved. Gonnna be more impressive in a few months hopefully . (years)

    So, onto the work.. Like I said, got basically nothing done, kinda ashamed to post, but did this this evening and figured I'd throw it up here. Cheers again for all the feedback .

    Pencil, then biro over the top. On Moleskine.
    (Should try working just in ink again I think, confident lines and all that!!)

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    Literally all I've got atm. Not impressed with myself.
    Think it's going ok though, gonna keep working on it til i'm happy. Could be a while

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    Quite a bit to show today.
    Haven't posted for a while though. Kinda expected I guess =)

    So yeah, the usual, plus started some full figure things. Good fun!

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    Quite a bit to show today.
    Haven't posted for a while though. Kinda expected I guess =)

    So yeah, the usual, plus started some full figure things. Good fun!

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    Getting there. ^^ I love your head studies; they're full of life and expression.. I'm struggling with portrait style stuff like that right now..

    I can relate on speed. I feel slower than molasses in January most of the time. XD

    Please, help me improve by visiting my sketchbook and kicking me in the ass! ^_^

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    Hi
    God yeah, it just feels like I can stare at something for hours and not actually get any closer to a likeness. Swear it even gets worse sometimes... :/
    That's kinda the idea of these timed studies though, hopefully I can start to get a workflow established, then when I go to do some longer work, it'll help. I have no idea lol.

    Anyway, here's that study at the 2hr mark.

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    Life drawing dump from the last 3 weeks

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    Sorry for posting like this btw, I just don't trust the combination of the attachment manager and dodgy halls internet

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    Self Portrait from last night:

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    And life drawing from today:

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    As always, any tips, pointers or comments massively appreciated

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    Ooh, cute doggy. ^^

    Looks pretty good to me, I like how you simplified the hair patterns. Hair is definitely one of those things I still need to work on, so if you get it figured before me, clue me in would ya?

    I like the metal rings in the hat, they read nicely. Only thing I can say is just push to define more, because overall the form reads well! ^^

    Please, help me improve by visiting my sketchbook and kicking me in the ass! ^_^

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