The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 7626/10,000

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The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 7626/10,000

Postby JakeB » Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:21 am

So, I'm Jake, and this is my very unscientific attempt to test the '10,000 hour rule'

I started a couple of years ago, and I've posted everything on tumblr: http://10000hourrule.com and other sketchbooks, but I'll stick to mostly new stuff here.


When I heard about the '10,000 hour rule' I was interested in being an artist, but I was struggling to draw every day and thought it might be an interesting challenge to try and log my hours. Partly because I thought it would be fun to see how well the theory lines up with reality, but mostly because I was lazy, and needed a goal. I started by working for an hour or so each day, when I could, and gradually worked my way up to doing it (as best I can) all of the time.


I'm not obsessed with the idea. I don't think that x amount of hours will magically make me good. Maybe it's a terrible idea... But I'm 4000+ hours in now, and it seems stupid to stop.


And, here's some links to various people talking/writing about the subject. They explain it all way better than I could. :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHxf68nb_-o

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Outliers-Story-S...0141036257

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mastery-Robert-G...178125091X


Some studies
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And some sketches, all abandoned way to quickly, because I've been avoiding finishing anything recently. Gotta stop that.

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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4302/10,000

Postby laugart » Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:42 am

Great studies, I like a lot the rendering in the second one. You will sure be great when you get to 10000 hours... Just dont stop then. Do 10000 more.
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4302/10,000

Postby algenpfleger » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:30 am

good resolve man! burn through those hours! (but stay awake)

post some drawings too!
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4310/10,000

Postby JakeB » Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:42 pm

laugart - Thanks :). Haha, that's the plan. Can't just give up because of a number ;)

algenpfleger - Cheers man. Yeah, I should really get back into drawing rather than painting all the time. I'll try and work some in :)

Stuff from today,

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Early WIP, having fun with this :)

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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4310/10,000

Postby Jeso » Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:14 pm

Cool! Gogogo. Keep practicing bro, get those 10'000 hr! There is nothing finished here so, hard to critique, but it recommend working in the values and atmospheric perspective I feels is not reading well in what you have so far.
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4310/10,000

Postby Tim » Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:18 pm

Jake! Looking good man, keep studying hard, i'd say right now you should focus on your values/anatomy. :)
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4310/10,000

Postby Dani » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:37 pm

I love your brushstrokes. Everything looks so fluid, and you've got good stroke economy. Keep it up!
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4317/10,000

Postby JakeB » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:24 pm

Jeso - Yeah, my bad. I'm working on it. Finished stuff soon :D

Tim - Cheers man, yeah definitely. I'll really focus on that in this piece when I get stuck into it. Thanks :)

Dani - Aha cheers, gotta keep working on it :)

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And took another pass over this.
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4317/10,000

Postby jenmundy » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:34 pm

Love the concept of the 10,000 hour rule— so inspiring to see someone track their progress with it!

Your studies are great, I really enjoy the loose brush strokes :)
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4317/10,000

Postby JordyLakiere » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:42 pm

This is cool. makes me regret not counting hours! :D I wonder what I'd be at. Started taking it seriously about 2 years ago and I paint every single day, and I've clocked tons before that. Really cool idea man!
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4317/10,000

Postby AutumnSkies » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:44 pm

Hey Jake!
I absolutely love the second painting with the colors and brush strokes. Your studies are really great and I love the whole concept of 10000 hours of work. You definitely can see how far you have improved and you are just under half way there! I can't wait to see more from you and watch you improve even more! Very motivational :)
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4317/10,000

Postby Rosenmann » Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:03 pm

You seem to be serious and very systematic about drawing. It impresses me.

Nice paintings.

I like the idea of counting hours of training, it is some sort of gamification which is pretty nifty idea. I thought about applying it to myself, BUTT: I am helpless since I already drawing since quite long time. Counting hours from 0 would be pretty unfair, yet rough estimation may be too inaccurate. Would it have still some point, or not?
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4317/10,000

Postby ChrisSzczesiul » Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:43 pm

Jake!!! Good to see you joined the site! Great to see how much you've come along, really being the definitive "studying works" guy.

Don't be afraid to draw those faces! If you want to do them to the best of your ability you have to bite the bullet and just do it! Even if it comes out bad the first 2, 3, or even 47 times. It'll eventually look right. Keep killing it! You're doing really really well, and you inspire me all the time.
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4332/10,000

Postby JakeB » Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:07 pm

jenmundy - Cheers, glad you think so. It's maybe a little silly, but ah well... Too late to stop now :)

JordyLakiere - Haha, it's a bit of a hassle, definitely kinda interesting though. It'll be cool to look at as a whole at 10000 I think. Make some graphs and stuff, gonna be crazy ;)

AutumnSkies - Thank you! Yeah, coming up on half way. Do I get to have a mini mid life crisis then? ;)

Rosenmann - Thank you, I try. Umm, I'm not sure. I started from 0, but I'd definitely drawn/painted before then. In school and stuff, and in little bits here and there. Sure you could :) Or there's loads different ways you can integrate some gamification into art. Do 100 of something. Or do something daily for a month? Any sort of little challenge. Mine just got out of hand lol :)

ChrisSzczesiul - Hey man. Cheers, glad you think so :) Oh wow, I hadn't even realised I'd been neglecting faces. Gotta get back into that. Oops, thanks for the heads up dude :)

Studies for some other stuff
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And some more work on that dragon dude. Couple of steps below. Not that interesting, but I've been experimenting with the 'Find Edges' filter in photoshop (number 2) as a way to quickly create a line drawing from a sketch. Then you can set it the filtered layer to multiply and work underneath. It's not ideal, and it's definitely not a great line drawing, but its a nice shortcut. Only started using it recently and not sure if I'll stick with it, but thought I'd mention it in case it's useful for anyone :).

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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4332/10,000

Postby warmics » Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:31 pm

That's an interesting idea with the hours.
I wish I had thought of keeping track, but then again
I would probably have lost track in the first month.

These look rather good though, keep it up!
Can't wait to see what you do once you hit the mark!
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4332/10,000

Postby Raedrob » Sun Apr 27, 2014 1:09 pm

I like what I'm seeing here, it's fun watching the progress of the dragon dude.
You're on the right track there, nailing down the lighting and creating some contrast.
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4349/10,000

Postby JakeB » Sun Apr 27, 2014 1:34 pm

Warmics - Haha, yeah it's a bit of a hassle. Kinda used to it now though. Me neither lol, gonna be interesting :)

Raedrob - Cheers man, been a while since I finished anything, but I'm pretty happy with how it's come out. Step in the right direction at least :)

Studies for other stuff
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And, I think this is finished. Open to any crits or whatever though, if you spot something :)

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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4349/10,000

Postby Durandal » Sun Apr 27, 2014 2:43 pm

Damn, dude. I checked out your 10,000h website. You've come a long way! Keep it up, man!
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4356/10,000

Postby JakeB » Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:46 pm

Durandal - Cheers man, long way to go still though :)

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And whatever this is. My sketching's ugly as shit.
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4356/10,000

Postby ChrisSzczesiul » Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:28 pm

Hah! There you go, see not much to worry when it comes to doing faces. You know what you're doing, just do more! Keep rocking it!
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4403/10,000

Postby JakeB » Mon May 05, 2014 2:16 pm

Passed 4400 Hours Here

ChrisSzczesiul - Haha, cheers man :) Imma try :)

Not a lot to show. Having some trouble with some client work, but pushing through. Back to personal stuff soon hopefully :)

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Character thing that I totally ballsed up
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4446/10,000

Postby JakeB » Sun May 11, 2014 2:38 pm

Studies
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4446/10,000

Postby Raytonga » Sun May 11, 2014 7:21 pm

hmm! I acutally heard of the 10k hour rule! I like how you're actually keeping track of it :D I shall join the bandwagon sounds fun! really like your stuffs so far even your illustrations!
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4446/10,000

Postby Lambs » Sun May 11, 2014 7:34 pm

Great work ethic. Well done sir!

No critiques, but a hint for drawing: Try working with pens. It builds confidence and forces you to think before you commit to a line. (Otherwise you'll end up with a mess, much like most of my gestures.) Also great for steadying the hand. Before you know it you'll be laying down razor-straight lines and sweeping curves. Very satisfying.
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4446/10,000

Postby artofze » Sun May 11, 2014 8:08 pm

You're coming along nicely, I think I'm around 9000 / 10,000?
My suggestion for you is to learn to use a big soft brush and the lasso tool to create some extremely sharp edges as well as some extremely soft "lost" edges. A variety of edge sharpness and softness brings dynamics and appeal to an image.
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4446/10,000

Postby Spiv » Sun May 11, 2014 9:33 pm

ah ha! I heard about your famous blog on the wires but couldn't find it. Fantastic, a man after my own heart. Great to see you on here, this is so cool.
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4446/10,000

Postby V3T » Mon May 12, 2014 1:54 am

I am nothing but envious of your improvement each hour.
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4446/10,000

Postby Carmel » Mon May 12, 2014 3:39 am

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z41 ... -Study.jpg this study is gorgeous. Wonderful variety of edges and nice values. My crits of this are that his head shape are off - make a new layer and use broad thick strokes to do the forehead and that the edges of the rocks on the ground are too strong - they are taking my attention more than the man. Maybe make them darker and fuzzier towards the back.

I liked your sb on ca.org and your blog - I'm glad you're on here because I'd forgotten the name of your blog :D welcome!
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4462/10,000

Postby JakeB » Tue May 13, 2014 3:11 pm

Raytonga - Thank you :) Yeah, it's an interesting idea. We'll see what happens lol

Lambs - I'm trying to do a little bit more in my sketchbook, so I'll keep that in mind. I've always enjoyed drawing in pen, I just slip out of the habit every so often. Back to it now :)

ArtofZe - Ah yeah, it's been a while since I did anything like that. I'll give it a shot :) Cheers

Spiv - Haha, I dunno about famous. It's definitely a blog though ;). Cheers :)

V3T - Cheers, means a lot :)

Carmel - Thank you. Yeah I had some trouble balancing everything in that one and ultimately decided to move onto the next thing. Maybe I'll try something similar again soon though. Cheers :)

Some more sketches
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Pushed some of the sketches a little further, into line drawings
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And some studies
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Re: The 10000 Hour Rule - Art Edition - 4473/10,000

Postby JakeB » Thu May 15, 2014 2:20 pm

Practice stuff, not super happy with either of these.. Figured some stuff out though, all helps :)

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