Thursday, June 23, 2011

Practicing letters...

Practice makes perfect, right? Well, I have started my weekly lettering practice at the the sign shop recently and am really respecting all those who do this for a living. It is very difficult to do well. Right now I am basically tracing with my paint & brush each stroke of the letters. I'm trying to learn a kind of perfection with each stroke and a quickness of painting which I can someday be able to join the New Bohemia Signs artists in working on real signs instead of paper.

I love idea of 10,000 practice hours to mastery. Here is Malcolm Gladwell speaking about it with Anderson Cooper.



Here's a peek at some of my practice sheets. Damon created the original "well loved" letters in red. I painted  over them in blue One Shot Poster paint. I have a lot more practice to go and many more hours of painting to feel like I am ready for the real stuff. But I suppose you have to start somewhere. Here's to new beginnings!





It will be great to watch my own progress over the next year or so...I only have about 9,997 hours to go...

What has been the newest creative adventure you started? Were you scared to start?

3 comments:

Kathy said...

I loved Malcom Gladwell's book. Also read The Tipping Point. My latest creative foray is in pottery. I hope to do some more this summer, but time gets away from me. I'm proud of both you and Damon and your artistic excellence and perseverance.

cJb said...

THe O's and Q's are the hardest part of block letters! I aspire to have a good O one day.. one day..

bluehour said...

I didn't expect it to be so difficult either but I guess I'm up for the challenge. It seems that I really need to double up on practice...

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