Patience and Consistency

I’ve started the next Fandom Fitness drawing and this one is of Severus Snape from Harry Potter.

I’ve also tried recording today’s video with me in front of the camera. I’m not sure how long this will last because it’s took a long time to get the camera and everything setup. If I can get the setup and record time down then I’ll do it again.

But for today I want to talk about a great piece of wisdom from Optimize.me.

Patience and Consistency

“Everything has a gestation period, a time period that must pass before things will come into form. If you plant a carrot seed, it takes about seven weeks for the sprout to make its above-dirt entrance. Bamboo, which can grow up to thirteen feet in as little as one week, takes up to seven years to break through the surface of the ground. But for seven long years it looks like absolutely nothing’s happening. Now that takes some commitment.”

Arthur Ray from, Harmonic Wealth

SEVEN years to break through the ground at which point it can grow thirteen feet in a week!

Patience and consistency! I’ve been working every single day on art for over 7 years. Now it’s my time to grow 13 feet in a week. How about you?

However long it takes for me become a master artist I will do it. It will happen. I know that I can make it happen! Persistently, patiently working daily.

One part of the equation for patience is knowing a general time frame for gestation. Look at other amazing artists and see how long it took them to achieve anything.

Don’t compare yourself to them, but use it as relative data to help you get perspective on how long it takes.

Are you expecting results from yourself after only weeks or months of steady work?

Do you get frustrated when you hit a plateau?

Practice self compassion and understand that you have a unique gestation period for growth. Keep working, trust the process and the outcome will happen in due time.

Fandom Fitness Drawing

Not much to show on my Snape drawing today. This is the very very beginning. Tomorrow I expect to make a lot of progress.

Serverus Snape Drawing

Previous Fandom Fitness Drawing Posts

Warm-up

The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.

warm-up

One Minute Gesture

Today’s exercise is one minute gestures from the The Natural Way to Draw book. I don’t know how many times this exercise is repeated in the book but it seems I’m doing gestures over other day of the week. Great practice!

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

I was able to record a pretty good video about patience and consistency with me in front of the camera. It was a fear door that I just walked through, it was easier being behind the camera.

What needs work? What did you learn?

A bit more focus and avoiding rabbit holes.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

Recommit to sticking to my daily plan tomorrow.

2 Comments

  1. WHOA! Your video is amazing! Nice message. I never knew that about bamboo. I just knew they grow better than weeds, but didn’t realize the time to “build that foundation”.

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