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1. Schedule 2 to 4 hours of studio time, that is the same time every day! (I've been working with the scraps of time available between raising a 1 year old)

2. Revive a daily sketchbook practice ( I do 3-4 days a week, but with a fixed time, I think I can do it daily.)

3. Write notes on all the books I've ever read that mattered. (if you can't use what you've read have you really read at all?)

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Do you fragment your study time?

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Apr 6, 2022Liked by Adam Ming

I would also be curious about how you manage your social media time so it doesn’t interfere with your creative life ;) SO interesting topics again, Adam!

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I’ve been ignoring social media quite a bit, at the moment I don’t have any regularity or habit with social media, other than after writing a newsletter I might plug it and spend maybe 15 minutes on it reading things... I don’t think it interfere’s rather it’s an important part of the creative life!

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I make a project of my ‘study time’ and treat it like every other project

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1. Write a sentence a day that could be in a children's book.

2. Start a book club for reading children's fiction.

3. Continue with my art curriculum!

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number 1 is brilliant! ps: I'm looking forward to your book club! ;)

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It depends on where I am with my projects. These days, here's how my days are planned:

1. Morning - Exploration time. It means: exploring the subject and what is related to it with traditional media. Sketch, draw, and paint, without thinking about the final piece.

2. Afternoon: Reflexion time. Take notes on what I want to say, the overall objectives. Working on more clear sketches.

3. Consult illustrated books I like on the subject (I go weekly to the public library with my kids, and I have some at home.)

Extra ;) : I always gribble and doodle for an hour or two in the evening, while my kids are around.

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Exactly! I had a teacher at university who was always telling me to stop worrying about the result. At that time (almost 15 years ago), I didn’t understand quite well what he meant. When we just draw or paint or sketch around a subject, it allows to expand it or see it differently! Sometimes, more mistakes also happen this way. Interesting mistakes that can nourish the idea or the illustrations ;) I don’t do it each day, but I try to do it for 2 to 5 days before focusing on what is really asked.

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1. Accept that I'm happiest working in multiple disciplines — painting, drawing, writing, photography; abstract, representational; silly, serious; big, small — and focus on growing as *that* kind of artist rather than thinking I have to be just one thing.

2. Take skills and lessons learned from each discipline and explore them in the others. Use figure drawing to inform large abstract compositions. Use the writing process to understand how to communicate ideas visually.

3. Write down what I'm learning, seeing, and doing. A creativity journal has been really helpful for capturing thoughts and processing the ways I'm growing as an artist, and I need to keep up that practice.

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deletedApr 6, 2022Liked by Adam Ming
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#2 is a great idea. I keep doing the same.

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