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  • #4902
    BMHoney
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    Tell us what your goal is in detail and why you want to achieve that goal – My goal is to become a professional artist, specifically in character design. I’ve dreamed of it as a child but I was told by my parents that it wasn’t a profitable goal. Now that I’m an adult I realize that I haven’t given up on that goal.

    Describe the identity & the belief system of a person who will be able to achieve that goal – It’s someone who believes in rigorous practice, but at the same time knows how to just be chill with it and have fun; someone who focuses on improvement but doesn’t wallow in frustration during failure, and knows how to keep the activity light-hearted.

    Tell us what habit you are going to work on to form that identity and achieve that goal – Daily Practice Habit, posting the results as I go

    #4904
    Ofpad
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    I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been made to think that way, but it’s never too late! As you progress through the habit challenge, you’ll be able to make more progress in a year than most people will make in a lifetime. Don’t give up!

    #4906
    BMHoney
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    Let us know what is the smallest way you will start your habits, along with the upper limit for it – 30 minutes of drawing is the lowest I can go to even get something started, I can cap my practice to 1 hour since some of the exercises in the Online Art Class I bought can be done within that time frame.

    Tell us the schedule for your habit and the schedule you will follow to increase the intensity – I’ll start my exercises at 9AM every day. I’ll add 10 minutes to the duration of my practice every week.

    If you intend to break your habit into sets, tell us how you plan to do it – I’ll need to divide my sets once it becomes 3 hours long. I’ll have to do the next set in the afternoon or evening. It’ll also give me time to rest my hands.

    Tell us when you will stop increasing the intensity of your habit – when all of my sets last 8 hours.

    #4908
    Ofpad
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    It’s good that you actually did sign up for an art class! Later on in the habit challenge, you’ll learn how to make the most out of that opportunity. Keep going! You’re doing great.

    #4910
    BMHoney
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    Tell us how are you making your habit more visible or easier to do – I started doing the exercises on paper, but I bought myself a drawing tablet so that I wouldn’t have to restock art supplies all the time. The model I bought was XP Pen Artist 12.

    If you are using environmental shift as a trigger, tell us what transitions in your environments are you using as triggers for your habits – After Breakfast, I move into the study room where my PC and tablet is and start drawing.

    List out the events you identified as potential triggers for your habits even if you don’t intend to use them. Other people might find something from your list useful in their own lives. – I sometimes do my habits after bathing but before breakfast, depending on whose turn it is to make it and how long it takes. (Sometimes my sister dallies when it’s her turn.) I also have an alarm set on my phone but I think I’m not supposed to rely on it.

    Tell us the list of habits that are already in your life – aside from the obvious hygiene habits and chores, I’m in charge of checking if the fridge needs to be restocked. I’m also the one doing the grocery shopping, but that’s during the weekends.

    #4912
    Ofpad
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    Buying the drawing tablet was a good idea! The advantage to digital is that you won’t have to incur regular costs to stock yourself with the pencils, the paints and the paper that you need to draw. It’s a one-time investment with a long lifespan, and it’s much more convenient. 🙂

    #4914
    BMHoney
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    Tell us what the small first step for your habit is and how it is the point of no return for your habits – the drawing session always starts with warmup strokes, and since it’s done with the same program (photoshop) as the actual drawing, all I need to do is make a new layer and start drawing for real

    Describe the warm-up routine for your habit if you have one – I practice making straight strokes in succession, reducing the length of it after each stroke, the stroke has to be quick and parallel… Afterwards, I practice drawing circles one after the other…, then Ellipses, one after the other…

    Tell us what your identity mantra is – I don’t skip daily drawing practice.

    #4916
    Ofpad
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    Hey Bradley! Do you have an example of what the warmup looks like? It’ll really help us understand what your journey looks like towards becoming a professional artist. 🙂

    #4918
    BMHoney
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    ^That’s what a well-done warm-up will look like. I’m not quite at this level yet, though.

    If there are decisions, you need to make before you do your habit tell us what you will do so that you don’t have to make this decision. – There’s always the part about figuring out exactly what to draw. The art course I purchased has specific exercises so that I don’t have to make that decision anymore. I just follow the instructions of the exercises, for now at least.

    If there are things that deter you from doing your habits, tell us how you will get rid of the things that deter you. – Laziness and lack of motivation are really what deter me, but I don’t think there are real ways to get rid of that.

    Tell us if there is a way to make doing your habits simpler. – I ditched paper and pencil and switch to digital with my tablet so I don’t have to always restock paper and pencils and art materials. I bought an art course

    If there is a behaviour opposite to habit you are trying to build that you can make inconvenient, tell us what it is. – Getting tempted to play online games instead of drawing

    If there is a behavior you can make inconvenient, tell us how you will add steps, reduce visibility or use external aids to make the behavior more inconvenient to do. – I disconnect my PC from the internet and view the contents of my art course by using my phone.

    #4920
    Ofpad
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    Good job on making your habit convenient, Bradley! Given everything you’ve posted, once you see progress with your habit, I think you’ll find yourself a lot more motivated and less likely to get lazy. Keep going! 🙂

    #4922
    BMHoney
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    If you found an accountability partner for your habits, let us know who it is. – The art course has teaching assistants that assess my work. They are hired by whoever it is that made the course.

    If you publicly announced your habits, let us know where and how you made the announcement. – I didn’t announce it in public, but I did tell my friends. Hahahahhaha XD

    If you are pledging money, let us know whether you are using Beeminder or Stickk. – If I had that kind of money, I wouldn’t be worrying about starting a career. Seriously though, I am not comfortable with this. I barely have an income source.

    #4924
    Ofpad
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    It’s good that your course has teachers that will check on your work. However, your Accountability Partner should be primarily focused on whether or not you are doing your habit consistently. You don’t have to rush it, but it will be a good idea to find an accountability partner for that specific purpose in the future. Are there people you know who take the class with you?

    #4926
    BMHoney
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    I don’t know anyone who is taking the course with me. People who take the course have usernames but not their real names.

    Tell us how you will reduce the intensity of your habits when you don’t have the energy or time to do it. – 
    If it’s that bad, like if I’m very ill, I’ll do just the warm-up. It’ll depend on what illness I have really. If it’s just a simple cold or a slight fever, then I’ll try to do half of what I normally do.

    Let us know what the events that disrupt your habits are – Phone calls, sicknesses, and maybe emergencies.

    List out all your If-Then statements for the above disruptions. – 

    If the phone call comes from the number exclusive to family, then I stop and answer the call.
    Otherwise, I ignore the call and focus on my habit.
    If I am slightly ill, then I will do my habit at half the usual duration.
    If I am severely ill, then I will try to do the warm-up strokes.
    If I am called by my aunt, then I will put down the pen and answer. (Calls from here are to be treated as top priority.)

    #4928
    Ofpad
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    Good job for completing all of the workbooks in the habit challenge! Make sure you post on the progress tracker so that we know how you have been doing maintaining your habit. 🙂 Good luck from here on out! 😀

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