Make Drawing a Habit You Do Every Day
Drawing is not as difficult as you might think. If you apply for a few weeks, you will see a significant improvement in your work. If you can maintain the same level of effort for a few months, the results will be amazing.
What you’re struggling with is not learning how to draw. It’s about how easy it is to develop a habit that you do every day, where you’re motivated, focused, and invested long enough to wow yourself. you’re not alone. It’s the same way most people work hard to exercise or eat healthy.
Most artists believe that learning to draw requires inspiration and any real work done.
Successful artists know the real trick – Creating habits.
Why don’t most artists become professionals?
The professionals you look up to are the same as you are today. When they were beginners, they also wanted to be professional artists. For every artist who succeeds in doing this, there are thousands who don’t. Some have chosen a different career path, believing that they cannot acquire these skills. Some of them continue to pursue the arts carelessly, never reaching the skill or type of job they want.
What sets professional artists apart from you is the system they create to build their incredible skills.
One of the most frequently asked questions by beginner artists is: How do you stay motivated? Most artists get confused when they see professionals working on sketching and painting all day long. It seems that they have summoned a mysterious power to paint for hours on end. If you can harness that power, then you can practice like them and become an amazing artist.
The secret to their strength isn’t flashy or surprising. This is practical. It gives them the freedom to do what they want.
Develop the Habit of Success
We are animals of habit.
Whether we know it or not, most of what we do every day is driven by repetitive behavior. The tiny choices we make every day may seem trivial, but every choice is a vote on who we are and will be.
You can choose to be who you are supposed to be in every moment. I know as much as you do that you are an artist. With the right tools, you can be a successful person.
To form a habit, you need to follow four simple steps:
- Make it obvious.
- Make it attractive.
- Make it easy.
- Make it satisfying.
It’s a fun and descriptive way of describing cues, cravings, reactions, and rewards.
A cue is to trigger your brain to initiate a behavior. If you want to draw and need to make the behavior obvious, you can leave out your sketchbook or tablet. Better yet, open Sketchpad or Photoshop and have a pen or pencil set aside.
The cues lead to cravings and your desire to perform the behavior. Research shows that cravings are the strongest part of the process. Our brains are more inclined to crave a behavior than to get a reward from it. Think about the time you wanted to eat something like pancakes and then you got sick of it. The desire is so strong, but the reward itself is nothing to say.
You don’t actually crave the habit, you crave the state change it brings. This is where many artists excel. We aspire to create amazing work. A spark lights up in our minds, vividly imagining our characters and the world. You also know that this process comes with a lot of failure and that the habit is never fully realized.
The response is the actual behavior you want to perform. This is where we focus on making our behavioral goals small enough not to overwhelm you. Start small and make it easy. When you tell yourself to start drawing for 3 hours and you never finish it in your life, you fight for change. Start drawing for 5 minutes to get into the habit first. You can go up to 3 hours from there. Or set yourself a goal every day, which skill do you want to learn? How many minutes to watch the tutorial?
Finally, the response provides a reward. This is an absolute requirement for every habit. Although it’s not as enticing as a craving, it still has to be satisfying. Usually, it’s just amazing art you create and the experience is complete, but as I said before, failure happens all the time. Not every painting is going to be great, and there’s not much reward in what you think is bad.
At this point you can do one of two things: choose a reward to amplify your final creation (like cookies or chips), or just be happy with the effort you put in.
Do you know how powerful a habit can be? You have hidden habits that are unknowingly affecting your life. When you smell fried food, your mouth waters. You see a trailer for a new show and you can’t stop thinking about when you’ll see it.
You rarely notice habits that affect your life, but they are there. You can control them and use them for your benefit. This is how professional artists find success. You will too.
You can become a professional artist
When you can finally apply yourself, you’ll see how fast you can learn. Drawing doesn’t feel hard, and the more you stick to your habit, the more you’ll be forced into action.
If you really dedicate yourself to it, you can learn it in a few years. With the right learning tools, I think you can learn faster. Your goal of becoming a professional artist is possible, but only with good habits. As James Clear likes to say; you don’t rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your system.
Build the systems you need to become an artist, and these habits will give you the freedom to succeed.
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