Lately I've been studying the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. I really dig his loose, expressive style. In reading about his childhood, I discovered that when he was 7 years old he was hit by a car while playing in the street. He suffered internal injuries and a broken arm. His mom gave him a copy of Gray's Anatomy to pass the time in the hospital. He studied the book passionately and later skeletons, skulls, and internal organs were often seen in his artwork. It just so happens that we have a copy of Gray's Anatomy on our bookshelf. So this morning I pulled it down (I'm counting that as this morning's strength training) and sketched from it.
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In other news, I finished reading Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, & Sharpen Your Creative Mind. There's lots of good tips in there so I took some notes.
The book has short sections by 20 leading creatives. It worked better for me to read just a little bit at a time and then let that part really sink in. Here's a few takeaways from the book:
- Do creative work first, reactive work after.
- Work everyday. It creates momentum. Develop a practice.
- Schedule your creative project into your day. Set location and eliminate distractions.
- Take time to renew your energy. Unplug.
- Mulitasking = task switching. Don't do it; quality suffers.
- Track your progress. Keep a visible record.
- Set your goals. Choose important over urgent.