Just keep Practising

Sometimes it’s not a matter of being “having talent” and right now is definitely NOT the time to give up. Thomas Edison (who designed the commercially viable incandescent electric lightbulb in the late 19th century) was reputed to assert that the attempts before he got the design right were NOT failures but rather, 10,000 successful discoveries in how NOT to make a lightbulb. Seems to me like repetition, hard work, good habits, and determination leads to success just as readily as being “born with it”.

Still confused about what you’re doing here? Read this…


youR TuRn to DraW!

  • Draw a thing that you don’t feel is resolved or successful just yet. Now I want to see TEN to TWENTY (or more) versions of that thing. So you can track your progress, keep (or document) the first and the last drawing, throw the others away. Still not satisfied?  Shift your perspective, turn it upside down, and draw the thing ten more times. Here I spent weeks in the British Museum drawing Centaurs vs Lapith warriors, before I was satisfied that I had something to work with:

Maybe this Ransom Note gives you a different idea? Let me know!


ShaRe the LovE

You’ve come this far, now why not

<<<<< click to share your creativity – @beware.of.artists

Not only does your creativity need YOU, but here’s a surprise, the world needs your creativity, too! By sharing your response to a Ransom Note, we are building a community who will enjoy, be inspired by, and learn from each other. Who knows, maybe some of us will “find our tribe” or even make the world that tiny bit more pleasant to be in than it was 15 minutes ago!


OtheR artiStS who keep PracTising

  • Clearly, these mind-boggling paintings by Bridget Riley took a lot of practice to get Just So

    Image: tate.org.uk
  • New Jersey-based artist Adam Hillman composes his fine art prints by “knolling” aka obsessively arranging colourful things into vibrantly appealing and intricate patterns, something he’s been practicing since about the age of 14.

    Image: adamhillman.tumblr.com
  • Even Michelangelo didn’t magically get things right on the first try… in this one page of study for a later painting, there are several attempts to figure out how the final Sybil should look.

    image: michelangelo.net

What other artists or techniques can you think of? Let me know!

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