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Practice makes perfect – rather, practice actively pursues it in lieu of sighing over a daydream.
I recently heard of the 10,000 hours of practice leading to mastery lore, which led me to hear about the 100-200 hour version which supposedly brings a beginner to the level of apprentice. The actual numbers differ from article to article, however, I like the idea of the 100-200 hour version, myself.
After reading a few articles, I got inspired to pull myself out of my current idling caused by yet another recently-fixed computer issue by giving myself a 100 hour monthly challenge, which is exactly what it sounds like. After some time, I think I’d like to increase the number by 25 or 50 hour increments until 200 per month is reached, but let’s not get too hasty.
The 100-200 hour practice bits I’ve read only talk about going from absolute beginner to basically almost competent, but I think it can be applicable to anybody of any skill level. However, I’m interested in actually hearing a few first-hand experiences of beginners trying such a challenge.
Personally, I’ve been “officially” interested and actively persisting in digital art since 2009, but had loads of hours put in before that as just a bored teenager trying to kill after-school boredom more than attain any sort of artistic know-how. From then to now, I have gone from being so immersed that I was losing time to dreading even looking at my laptop and questioning if all the time and dedication I put into the art was a sad waste of time I’d never get back. Still, though, I don’t think I’d trade it for anything – it’s how I got to be confident in my own artistic ability.
Hopefully this challenge catches on [if it doesn’t exist already] for those of all artistic mediums – makeup, writing, painting, photography, music. If you try it, please let me know so I can go stalk your progress on your blog.