Originally Posted by TTKK
From a technical standpoint, I think I can somewhat support that. If you're big on abstract work, sometimes you don't think about the process at all
For those of you who have not read this book, he states that pros actively control the process whereas amateurs lose themselves in it.
From a technique standpoint I can agree with this. Professionals can control their technique, and they usually know what the end result will be, or they have a good idea of what may happen. I have no doubt that Tiger Woods has a few things running through his mind as he plays, or that a runner can control their breathing, their stride, and even how their foot lands. It's all about technique.
An example he gives is people who play golf for recreation will play without any thought, because their aim is to relax/ decompress from work/life.
But a pro golfer, such a Tiger Woods, can stop his golf club on the downswing if he feels any doubt about being able to perform correctly. I googled this, and apparently he has done it many times: when someone coughs in the audience, when he feels his back pulling unnaturally, etc.
Same with pro runners who control their breath and pace while everyone else is just hoping for the run to be over (true for me lol
For artists - you can feel when you're getting too tight with details, you can tell when your muscles are getting to a point where you're losing control, you can tell when your paint is too thick or thin, etc..
My general thought process involves getting the guidelines down, backing off and thinking about if the pose will work or not. Will the perspective help or hurt, how will this muscle look, does it look like the person is sinking into the ground, etc. Then fine tune. Work loose to tight, big to small. Also, I usually think about the task at hand, and sometimes I think about the artists who have influenced my desire to do art, sometimes my style (i try to emulate Todd McFarland sometimes and I fail miserably).
My question to you, what do you think about when you are creating? When your pencil/brush is on the paper is your brain running with a million thoughts or is it blank and you are letting instinct guide you?
Doctors heal you, Artists immortalize you.
"Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach" - bullshit.
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