My three best habits

When I started this site, and the comic, and my journey to be a better artist, I was already somewhat knowledgeable about art. But somehow, being a “good” artist was still this mysterious and unattainable thing. Throughout the last few years, however, I have begun to develop some habits that are slowly clearing up the “mystery.”

Nothing revolutionary about these three things – but turning them into real habits that had a permanent place in my life was a challenge.

1. I surround myself with inspiration. I look at good art. I look at beautiful things. I watch fascinating animations. The more familiar you can get with quality work, the more discriminating you become with your own.

2. I am constantly looking for motivation.  The comic gave me the best start. I love doing it, and the schedule provides me with constant motivation. I also try to make video lectures or tutorials part of my weekly routine, so I can always be learning something new. I find that terrifically motivating.

3. Practice, practice, practice, practice, practice practice, practice. I have now gotten to where I rarely go a day without working on a sketch or piece of art. I want to get to the point that I feel uncomfortable sitting still for a moment without a pencil in my hand.

I have had so many “aha!” moments within those first two categories, I’m going to start posting some of my favorite resources for inspiration and motivation. Stay tuned.

What do you think?