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Taking notes on a video is a great learning tool. Your sketch notes are super.
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This is awesome stuff Davy. I'm inspired by your dedication, and appreciate so much all of the resources that you are kind enough to share.

How much time do you think you are spending on your project each day? I know I probably fritter away as much every day as you spend drawing.

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Hey carole, thanks for your kind words. It's awesome seeing all these positive comments in the thread! It's inspiring me to keep it up

The time varies but it's never too long. I'd say typically half an hour to an hour a day. On a few occasions it might have been 90 minutes.

The challenge, however, only requires I spend at least 5 minutes a day.

When trying to form a new habit it's very important to give yourself an easily achievable target. Much better to promise yourself you'll draw for 20 seconds a day and stick to it than commit to 2 hours a day and then miss a day in the first week. If you do the second then you subconsciously you're giving your mind the message "when I take on new habits they never last."

The funny thing is if you just do 20 seconds a day you'll actually end up doing much more than this the vast majority of the time. Humans are funny in that once they start a task they want to finish it. Its getting started that's the hardest part!

Until recently I had a problem of finding it hard to motivate myself to floss. Then I read about starting your habits small so I committed to just flossing ONE tooth every day before I brush. Well of course once you've done one you might as well do the next. I have been flossing every day for months now and I've never actually flossed only one tooth. Go figure...

If anybody is interested I heard about this idea from Stamford Professor BJ Fogg who has a cool little website: http://tinyhabits.com/

#DAY 014

Today I continued with part two of the ProkoTV series on eyes. Not much to add here except that it's harder than it looks! Lots of practice with careful observation is the only way to get better I am quite sure:
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Nice work! This kind of daily drilling is one of the best ways to progress your skills, you build a great habit of drawing everyday, which is key to being confident and able, and you put in the hours required to build up your skills as well. Keep it up all year! You'll look back and be amazed how far you came, believe me!
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More great eye studies. Awesome idea about tiny habit changes becoming big habit changes.
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DAY #015

Today I copied the shapes in this article and took notes on what he's saying about direct light. Very interesting.

The last object (juggling ball) was my attempt at the end to copy something in my room with an attempt to pay attention to light and shade. It's not very good but was quite fun to do as I could clearly see the parts that made it up like explained in the article which gave the structure some logic to copy from if that makes sense.
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Good practice and notes.
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Good idea to do the shapes and even better that you then applied it to your own object. Great work.
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Day #016

I'm quite happy with how this one came out. I think my proportions and shading is better here than in previous attempts. Any constructive criticism gratefully received.
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well done. . . I especially like how you got the beard so well with few marks and also the markings on his skin really add to the drawing.
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Congrats on your dedication to this project! The proportions here do look good to me.
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The portrait looks really good. You are definitely applying what you are learning.
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DAY #017

Decided to begin working through the book 'fun with a pencil' by Andrew Loomis. Available for free here.

This is pretty close to just copying along pictures and notes as I read the first couple of pages.
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I really like that Loomis book. It's great it's available. Good notes.
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Are there any other books you're particularly fond of Debby?

DAY #018

Today I worked along with the next few pages of fun with a pencil.

Also, I got this fantastic advice about why it's better not to draw from photographs. If you're like me and had never really heard the arguments in favour of drawing from life it should be eye-opening.
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