Staying Consistent for Improvement

Is Improvement related to staying loyal and consistent to the task?

Aik line idhar

Aik line udhar

Ammi ammi dekho may artist ban gya

Every child is a born artist//That is a fact.

Not every child is a good artist//That is an opinion.

Art is an extremely subjective field that has no marked boundaries of where it starts or where it ends, therefore, each person views each art piece differently and due to varying perspectives has a different opinion on which art style is better than the other.

Doing better artwork does not mean that you are a master artist or the next Picasso. Seriously it is not that easy. Being a good artist requires hard work and consistency and for that, you need to have a strong will that your practice and improve every day.

The canvas is all your to paint and draw upon. It is only as blank as your imagination.

Here I will define a short schedule of how this constant improvement and hard work affects you.

The Beginning: Day 1

Your art is rubbish as always. You are really pumped up to begin this rigorous schedule you spent days checking and refining. When you do sit down and start practicing, you end up practicing more than needed (which is quite stupid as then you will feel more tired than needed. An hour or two every day is enough) and you feel like you would have improved a lot considerably (which is not a thing, It takes time) and you look at your art and you are like… maybe tomorrow.

Your first whole week goes in this hope that you might have improved even a little (but you don’t).

Fast forward to Day 15

Now is the time that you start to feel like SOMETHING should have happened by now… but you look at your art and still feel that its, well um.. rubbish and that your daily “practice” is having no effect so you start to give up. This is the crucial time now. You need to make sure that you don’t give up because the gold is just ahead of you (a throwback to the meme where a digger stops digging even though the gold was just ahead of him). Force yourself to complete your practice.

It all begins with making up your mind and thinking to yourself, “No matter what, I AM going to do this.”

Fast Fast Forward to Day 31

You wake up and like all previous weeks, you promise yourself that if today you don’t see any improvement in your strokes, any smoothness in your hand movement or ANY SIGN that you are better; you are not going to practice tomorrow.

Today is a normal morning. Although, when you sit on that same stool, pick up that very same worn down brush, and give out a deep sigh, this time when you apply paint to the canvas, your hand is much more comfortable and you intuitively know which colour to apply and how to make it, you know the consistency needed to apply it and you have an idea of where to begin painting/drawing from (which angle and perspective).

Finally, after a whole month of grueling, you can finally see some improvement in your work. But listen here, you still have room for further improvement and all it requires is that you keep on practising and being consistent.

Practicing is good and all but do not waste materials. Use your budget wisely.

Talking about Consistency here are a few tips on how to stay Consistent: 

Take time off to recharge. Consistency doesn’t mean that you are working all of the time. In fact, if you give yourself time off, you’ll improve your productivity and avoid burning out. Schedule in time for yourself, and don’t let work or other commitments get in the way.

Use motivational tools to keep going even when you don’t feel like it. When you’re tired or stressed, it can be easy just to let your goals slide for a day, but these actions can quickly cause you to get off track. If you’re feeling down or lazy, try to find new sources of motivation.

Hold yourself accountable. To be consistent you have to make sure that you recognize when you don’t reach the standards and goals that you’ve set. In these moments, consider if your goals are realistic or ask yourself what you can do to improve.

Success is all about consistency around the fundamentals ~  Robin Sharma

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