Productive Week

16Mar07EnviroSketches

The next three are 20 minute environment sketches.

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The next three are warm 20 minute warm up sketches at the beginning of this week’s stream.

16Mar07WarmupSketch

16Mar10StreamWarmup

16Mar11StreamWarmup

These 28 ships were designed in about an hour, with a very specific shape language in mind using a set of custom brushes I made. Below the initial silhouette pass are the initial line drawings with a quick value pass that took another 2 hours or so.

SupremeShipLang

SupremeCargoShips

Friday nights interactive story creation explore good ole father time and his close family. Instead of turning into one long story, this became a bunch of smaller stories. As usual it provided a several good laughs for me atleast. :) Another bit of good news, Interactive storytelling will be back this Friday as well.

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The Culture of Failure

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Hello Everyone,

Two months of 2016 already down, and it appears the rest of the year will be over in a blink of an eye. Now I am not a political guy, and I rarely engage in political talk. So this is not a political blog post, but more so what irritates me about the majority of people’s mindset on failure.

I saw this image going around this week and it got under my skin. Now let me make this clear, I do not support Donald Trump or the dumb things that come out of his mouth. But this meme goes against every aspect of my mindset. This is a perpetuation of the ‘failure is bad’ culture. So things like this can really piss off those who understand the power of failure and how much a person can learn from it.

Look, you can’t deny Trump is a successful figure. Every time he has gone bankrupt, he has come back stronger, and I can guarantee you there are far more failures that aren’t on that list and are even more colossal to him. However, it is clear he has never let those failures stand in his way of success. Do you have to like him? No! Do you have to think he is a good person? Nope! But this isn’t about Trump, it is about perpetuating the idea that failure is a bad thing. Think about this idea before you share something like this on social media, or jump on the hate bandwagon for a mistake someone has made.

The reason I think this meme is a problem, and that most political ads are terrible, is because they emphasize how bad failure is. This is the worst possible thing you can do for someone who hasn’t figured out how to use failure to their advantage. Like the kids who have a problem raising their hands in class because they are afraid they will give the wrong answer and all the other kids will laugh. This is the last thing these kids need to see. It just instills an even deeper fear of failure.

Everything you do has both negative and positive aspects. You don’t focus on the negative aspects of everything you do during the day, do you? So why is it that many people choose to focus on the negative aspects of failure? By doing this, you’re practically ensuring that your learning process will be slow and cumbersome.

I realize that every person is different and reacts to failure in their own way. So let me put this into the context of team sports. Generally, I am not the type of person that encourages rewarding every single person for their efforts. But do I think there is anything wrong with every kid getting a trophy at the end of the year? No. I do, however, make sure that every single kid I coach knows the difference between that and a championship trophy. So why do it at all? It’s because I know how hard I push those kids during the season and I remember my own experiences in sports.

Looking back, I don’t think I even cared about the trophy. I just wanted to hear what my coach had to say about my performance that year. The trophy just got chucked into the closet. While I know for a fact that kids learn from failures, I believe a majority of kids lack the ability to assess their failures and execute a better strategy to not repeat that failure without outside reinforcement. This outside reinforcement often comes in the form of a negative response to an action. Yet, countless studies show kids learn best from the acknowledgement of their own and others’ successes. I remember that when my coach said something awesome about another kid and didn’t say something cool like that for me, it really stuck in my head. I would make a note of it and remember to add that to my repertoire of skills for the next season.

As adults, most of us have the ability to evaluate our successes and failures and then act accordingly. This is why we don’t need a trophy at the end of every year. If I enter an image into an art contest I don’t expect a participation trophy, because I am an adult. My effort was not good enough to warrant acknowledgement. I will take some time to evaluate why those other artists were good enough and then compare and contrast the elements of my image and move on to the next 10, 100, 1,000 images. However, I think there is an incredible number of people out there who become petrified by fear and never enter a contest again.

You have to fight that fear of failure, what is the worst that is going to happen? Are you going to jail because you made the wrong first mark? What is it that you are really going to lose by screwing up? The thing about failure is every time you fail you are one step closer to succeeding. Since you just failed you are that much faster and more efficient the next time around. If you embrace the fact that you are going to fail all the time, you will start using that knowledge to improve. “Welp that attempt didn’t work but I have this, this, and this, that I can use in the future.” That is what is amazing about failure. It arms you with the tools your need to succeed.

I have reached a point where I realize that failure sucks, but I am still going to put my head on my pillow at night and wake up the next day, knowing the world will keep turning regardless. I know I will still have my wife and kids and family around me, and I know that I can teach my kids that failure is nothing to fear. I know what success feels like and the tremendous feeling of accomplishment that comes from that. And I can show my kids from the millions of failures that as long as you didn’t give up, you will find success.

The reason it is good to acknowledge the positives in young minds and give trophies at the end of the year is that you are building a foundation of success. We are teaching kids from a young age what success feels like rather than, ”failure sucks, so I don’t want to experience that again.” They may sound similar but I can guarantee the mindsets are wildly different and the results will prove that. The first breeds the mindset of “I am going to go all out to achieve my dreams, goals, and desires”, while the other breeds a cautious, fearful approach to life.

In today’s world we seem to emphasize the bad and failures, but only acknowledge the good. If we want to live in a better world, we need to celebrate the good and merely acknowledge the bad and failures. By doing this, we will encourage more young minds to grow and strive to be wildly successful, with a mindset that breeds the desire to achieve and give back.

I would like to leave you with a quote that a good friend of mine said to me when she read this piece. “Show me a person who has never failed epically, and I will show your a person who has never tried epic.”

What is your biggest and what did you take away from it?

As usual here are some sketches from last week.

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StreamSketch16Feb25

StreamSketch16Feb27

I normally write these posts on Saturday mornings but don’t post till Monday so I can reread and have each post edited, which allowed me to see this peice from John Oliver which is pretty awesome, and seemed fitting since the post started with Donald Drumpf.

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Welcome to 2016

Hello Everyone,
Welcome to 2016. I hope you all had a good new years. As you can see this isn’t one of my typical blog posts. I have let the Holidays run a little longer this year, but it is time to get back to the into it. If all goes to plan next week I will be back on track, but I will leave you with one of sketches from last week. Also if you haven’t already. Go follow me on twitter or instagram, there is work I post on those sites that doesn’t get uploaded here. So go check those out to keep up with all my posts.

20 Min Test Sketch
20 Min Test Sketch

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Happy New Year! Now get to work!

Just kidding. I do want to keep it short this week since we are right in the middle of the holidays and I have trouble saying no to work.
This week I wanted to show a lot more sketch than blog, since I have been calling this a sketchblog. So that is what will follow my short rant about New Year’s Resolutions. I am not a fan of making resolutions.I am a firm believer of if you are going to change something in your life, why are waiting for a specific first day of the year in order to make that change? Just do it, why wait? Make the plans, execute the change.
Don’t get me wrong I have goals for what I would like to accomplish in 2016 but if something isn’t working in my day to day. I will fix it.

In 2016:
I want to be better than 2015 me.
I want to be faster at drawing and painting, and create more work than in 2015.
I want to spend more time with my family.
I want to spend more time outside.
I want to grow this blog and add more content, like videos, and live streams.

Those are just a few of my goals for 2016. Let me know what your goals are for 2016. See you next year.

I will start off with this little diddy. Really fun image to work on. There will be a series of explorations, as well as process behind them.
I will start off with this little diddy. Really fun image to work on. There will be a series of explorations, as well as process behind them.
A lighting demo I was thinking about making, but forgot to hit record. :)
A lighting demo I was thinking about making, but forgot to hit record. :)
This is about a 30 min sketch. I love the feel of this sketch and it will be one I take further.
This is about a 30 min sketch. I love the feel of this sketch and it will be one I take further.
20 min sketch. This one is less successf
20 min sketch. This one is less successful.
10 min sketch. This has potentiol but my brain farted on a further direction.
10 min sketch. This has potentiol but my brain farted on a further direction.
A man and a rock?
A man and a rock?
These are some warm up sketches, to get my brain to function.
These are some warm up sketches, to get my brain to function.
In this image I was trying to improve the compostion and graphic reads of my enviroment work.
In this image I was trying to improve the compostion and graphic reads of my enviroment work.
40 min sketch. I spent alot of time trying to find the shapes for this one.
40 min sketch. I spent alot of time trying to find the shapes for this one.
This is another 40 minute sketch and I love the story telling aspect of this image.
This is another 40 minute sketch and I love the story telling aspect of this image.
30 minute sketch. This is another one I will explore further.
30 minute sketch. This is another one I will explore further. The graphic shapes are there, it could use some good clean up.
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November Warm-up Environment Thumbs

Here are some warm-up environment thumbs. I like to do these to get my brain functioning at a normal capacity. Not quite as many as last month, but I was messing around in 3d quite a bit more as November moved along. Counting left to right, sets 1,2,4,and 5 are done in traditional medium. 1 and 4 are with pencil, and 2 and 5 are with an ink wash. 3,6,7, and 8 are all done digitally. I was messing around with abstraction and composition with a lot of these, and set 6 are abstract value comps of master paintings. I would call them the value essense of master studies. Hope you enjoy.

NovEnviroThumbs

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