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Practice Doesn't Make Perfect by StephenMcCranie Practice Doesn't Make Perfect by StephenMcCranie
This essay is easier to understand if you’ve read these previous ones—

On Immersion:

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On Failure:

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AmbientDays Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You have been very helpful, I've been trying to rewire my way of thinking (or approaching stuff) and your comics have been very helpful, I even got a genius idea from this one that may of may not result in a journal featuring you, among other artists (That's if I don't allow this plan to fall through like I've done with many others.) Wish me luck!
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Professional
Good luck!
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AmbientDays Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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AthensTheGreat Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Jeez, you've explained the way I've been learning to draw for a few years now!  I always felt sort of bad when I "stole" aspects of other art I liked because I always got the impression that great artists just came up with stuff on their own without the assistance of anything, but reading this essay has helped me understand that learning from other artists is just as valid as looking directly nature. I also noticed that I often find myself in the naturalist or scientist mode and that I'm probably going to try to remix a little more than usual.
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AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
So that's what Picasso meant by that quote. My art history class and I was confused by what he meant, haha. Thanks for the clarification in your own words.
I always say "Practice makes better" because perfect is impossible to reach plus it seem like you are stopping when you achieved 'perfect'. All artists no matter what is still growing into one whether it's beginner or a professional.
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional
Very true. 
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Sagitari-Seiza-1213 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Also, I just read the other linked comics, and they have a lot of good advice. Just the kind I needed to hear. ^_^
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Sagitari-Seiza-1213 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very deep and very inspiring! Among the visual aids provided by this little comic, I especially liked the one at the end with the beautiful but rigid crystals versus the growing, thriving tree. Nicely done! ^_^
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional
Thanks Sagitari! I'm glad you like it!
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saywhatproductions Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Student General Artist
woah.
I will keep this, and start developing this time of form into my artwork.
THANK YOU
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional
You're welcome!
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raintalker Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Very clever and helpful :)
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional
Thanks!
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Elmont Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this help me so much
Thanks you
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional
You're welcome!
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ToVieira Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This remember "Deliberate practice". Have you heard of Cal Newport? calnewport.com/blog/2010/01/06…
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional
Great article-- I have heard about deliberate practice-- I've been trying to implement it in my life-- so it's encouraging to hear how important it is!
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ToVieira Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Sir, I must follow you! :)
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional
Please do! Thanks!
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yay! I love these comics, they are helpful
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional
Awesome!
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:D
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This was great advice. Very inspirational. :) Thank you so much! :heart:
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional
my pleasure! :w00t:
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o0MaYa0o Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hadn't been able to browse through your comics for a while. It's a pleasure to reconnect with your teaching and advices :) As a hobbyist illustrator but passioned and dedicated musician and writer (I guess I can't call myself a pro yet) , I can tell your advices apply to all forms of arts and not only to illustration/cartoons/painting... And that's what I find so great about them :D
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional
Thanks!
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scenicbeauty Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
wow. im now inspired. :)
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Neo-Zander Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy. Fuck.


makes some god damn sense...

Thank you!
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional
You're welcome!
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xXEm-033Xx Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student General Artist
never thought of it that way :omfg:
n just realized thats what my Uni's been teaching me too...well practically that is
thankyou so much..this helps loads :D
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional
No problem! :party:
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AshesAndEmbers Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This is extremely helpful! With this I'll probably be able to improve my style a lot! Thanks!
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional
No prob!
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Authorgirl2 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Writer
I really love this one. I'm going to use your advice to make my own art better.
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional
Awesome! I'd love to see what you come up with!
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ajUlzzang Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aaah! you are such a great writer! i never thought about it like this, but it makes tons of sense. i guess i'm a proper thief :>
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional
Thank you!
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erisabesu-kuro-gosai Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
wow! This helped me alot. Thanks! :D
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional
You're welcome!
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happybunnyntx Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's like you took a peek inside my head and then posted this. Exactly what I'm having to work out to get better at drawing and at with MMD. I'm still in the scientist phase at the moment, but eventually it will pass on to the DJ phase ^^
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional
Cool! Let me know if you come up with any sweet remixes!
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hyamei Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
I really love your take on how proper imitation should work! :heart: I've only discovered that when I was shifting my style to a different direction,
looking at different artworks, breaking it down and try to see the one thing that makes me like it so much (ie. the color, the motion, the atmosphere etc).
I love taking bits and pieces of it and just try to apply them in my work just to see if it works. it's only then that I actually felt I was growing as an artist (and was immensely motivated).
then realized I always felt stagnant and lost back then when I didn't expose myself to other artists and various styles.
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional
Awesome! Yeah, that's how I've felt too.
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Curlycupgumweed Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
This is a great visual for a great concept:)
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional
Thank you! :party:
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Lelpel Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
I think I already follow you but I'll check now - great strip!
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional
Thanks!
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SideHearted Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man you are wise beyond your years unless you're like 40 but I dont think so but still I'm 19 and the wisest thing I ever said is don't go into the long grass ...but you always have awesome advise ! Keep it up!
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional
Thanks! :party:
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SideHearted Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No thank you!
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