The Learning Loop

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I am preparing a list of resources that have helped me along my path to honing my style. But first I’d like to tackle a different problem that may stand in your way: The Learning Loop.

I personally love to research and learn all that I can on a topic before starting. Unfortunately, the starting part of the equation doesn’t always seem to happen in a timely manner because I’m so busy learning.

At some point, you have to stop learning and start putting what you’ve learned into practice. You’ll actually learn more from your practice than from your research. Really. You can read all you want, but until you try it for yourself, you can’t get it in your coordination so you can really understand the mechanics of what you’re doing.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a good rule of thumb to tell you where to draw the line between learning and doing. But as soon as you understand what you’re reading (or watching), give it a try yourself. If you still don’t get it, research more and try again. It will save you more time in the long run.

And this is the admission of a Research Addict!

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Learn Your Tendencies

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You are a very special breed. You don’t behave like anyone else in this world.

You need to hack your system and figure out how you operate.

You’re not broken. You just have to learn how to work with yourself. Like a coworker.

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What is Style?

Style. People use this word a lot. In this first post of a series discussing style, we’re going to sort out what this means.

Your personal creative style is not a category. “Anime” or “French cuisine” is not your personal style. Drawing any way you can is also not a style. It’s where your journey begins.

Think of the word “style” as being short for “Stylistic Decisions.” Because style is a choice. It’s you choosing to work and render in a certain way. In order to be able to make a stylistic decision, you have to have learned multiple ways in which to work, so you have a selection to choose from.

So step one in having a personal creative style is to learn your craft. Explore, read, master studies, etc. Deepen your knowledge and your skills so you can start making decisions about the way you work.

This month will be all about tips and resources that I have found useful for learning my craft. I go into a deeper discussion on finding style in my book Style Quest! Sign up to be notified when it’s ready for pre-order. I’ll also send you weekly project productivity tips.

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The Little Things

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Sometimes it’s the little things.

Sometimes it’s the stack of papers on the corner of your desk, needing to be filed, that is upsetting your brain space.

Sometimes we have to do the little things first in order to tackle the big things.

 

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Stop Waiting for Motivation

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Stop waiting for motivation – Eventually you’re just going to decide to do it. Save yourself some time

Decide to take action. Even a small action – If you want, you can even trick yourself and say you’ll only work for 15 minutes, hoping to work longer once you get going. Whatever works.

Take care of yourself – Fight your demons, get rest, eat well. You can’t work if other factors are tapping your energy resources.

It’s okay not to make it today – Stop stressing and try again tomorrow.

 

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