From Average to Warrior

I love this quote from Carlos Castaneda that shines some clarity on what it take to move from average to warrior every day of our lives.

“To be a warrior is not a simple matter of wishing to be one. It is rather an endless struggle that will go on to the very last moment of our lives. Nobody is born a warrior, in exactly the same way that nobody is born an average man. We make ourselves into one or the other.”

Carlos Castaneda

I pulled this quote from the Philosophers Note of The Wheel of Time book but it was first written in Tales of Power by Castaneda.

To keep it short and sweet I’ll ask. Are you going for average?

Of course not! No one wants to be at the end of their life and be know as just average. We all want to be more than average.

But here is the good news. We all can be excellent, because it’s up to us to make ourselves that way. Trough our day to day actions and choices we move further and further away from average into excellent.

It doesn’t matter if we only spend a few minutes a day on our goals what matters is that we’re moving forward.

How can you move forward just a little bit today?

Fandom Fitness Drawing

I’m moving forward just a little bit more today by putting in a couple hours on drawing Snape and a head study, plus my warm-up.

At this point in the drawing it doesn’t look like much. I’m establishing a base of value, getting some material on the page, making sure the drawing is accurate and thinking about turning the form. The key is to keep it “open” in the beginning, not too make any huge commitments and only when I have enough charcoal layers on the page will I begin to lock it all down into finished.

Serverus Snape Drawing

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The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


Head Study

I love this exercise from the The Natural Way to Draw book. Yes, I’m aware that I say that all the time. But not only did I come out with a great drawing but I’m learning a lot about the structure of the head.

Head study

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

I love moving from average to warrior every single day my doing what I can humming bird style!

What needs work? What did you learn?

Figure out why my camera is not focusing well on my face for the videos.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

I’m thinking it has to do with where I was placed next to the drawing. Maybe if I place my head at the same distance as the drawing from the camera it would work better.

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