Sharpen Your Saw

Some amazing wisdom by Stephen Covey in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is habit number 7, “Sharpen your saw”.

This is the first few paragraphs of the Habit 7 chapter in Stephen Covey’s book.

Suppose you were to come upon someone in the woods working feverishly to saw down a tree.

“What are you doing?” you ask.

“Can’t you see?” comes the impatient reply. “I’m sawing down this tree.”

“You look exhausted!” you exclaim. “How long have you been at it?”

“Over five hours,” he returns, “and I’m beat! This is hard work.”

“Well, why don’t you take a break for a few minutes and sharpen that saw?” you inquire. “I’m sure it would go a lot faster.”

“I don’t have time to sharpen the saw,” the man says empathically. “I’m too busy sawing!”

Are you working with a dull blade? Are you tired, cranky or burned out?

Maybe it’s time to take a break. Get your energy right by dialing in you sleep, getting a bit of exercise every day and eating right so you can show up to what you love most at your best.

We must sharpen our physiology and mental capacity to tackle the infinitely complex world of art. If we don’t have our minds and bodies running at our best how can we possible expect to perform at our best.

Creating is not just about picking up some paint and a pencil and expressing yourself. Creating is also, eating right, moving regularly, sleeping well and honing our psychology through meditation.

These are the true foundations of being a master artist.

Fandom Fitness Drawing

I re-drew Buffy’s arms again and I’m super close to what I want now. I’m still not 100% sold on her arms looking right but I’m going to put in a lot of shading work first before I re-draw them for the fifth time.

Buffy the vampire slayer drawing

Previous Buffy Drawing Posts

Warm-up

The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.

warm-up

Extended Gesture Study

This is the extended gesture study exercise from the The Natural Way to Draw book. He has it programmed for 1 hour but I’ve only been doing half hour sessions for them.

Extended Gesture Study

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

Amazing art morning of super focus. And I’m putting into practice the seven habits of highly effective people by getting my energy right and showing up at my best.

What needs work? What did you learn?

I’m not perfect, I also need to watch my energy closely and sharpen my saw when it’s needed.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

Make sure I oscillate throughout the day and use my Oura scores as an indicator of when to take it easy in my daily workouts.

Session Details

  • Session: 2872
  • Work: 1753
  • Width: 12"
  • Height: 18"
  • Medium: Graphite, Charcoal
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 4
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Christopher Beaven

Christopher Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."

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  1. Love those analogies- stopping for gas takes less time than calling a tow truck, and sharpening your saw makes you work more efficiently.

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