The Ultimate Art Post

First I wanted to share an AWESOME video of an oil painting I just saw. I don't know if people think I don't respect traditional work just because I can't do it (I move too often to have a studio any less portable than my Macbook), but trust me when I say I do. It's very skilled work and if I get the opportunity, I'd like to delve back into watercolours. I love them, most other artists hate them (making me like them even more) and I think I had a way with them, if I do say so myself. Probably very few out of anyone here would have seen any of my watercolours since I stopped working in them in 2006 or so. Here's the video:

Next I'd like to share a working technique I've discovered called The Pomodoro Technique. As quoted from the site:

Many of us probably fall into the trap that we find ourselves distracted by other things while working on a task that lasts longer than 30 minutes. The Pomodoro will slash these interruptions.

Want to give it a shot? Grab a kitchen timer, pencil, eraser and a sheet of paper before you get started. Apply the Pomodoro Technique by following these five steps:

  1. Pick the task.
  2. Set the timer to 25 minutes.
  3. Do the task until the timer dings.
  4. Take a short break.
  5. Take a longer break for every four completed Pomodoros.

You won’t need to buy a timer if you use the free Focus Booster app, which applies the Pomodoro Technique with its built-in timers. You can try either the Adobe Air desktop or the web-based version.

I've tried the Focus Booster app and I love it. It really does help. I've moved from the Focus Booster to podcasts, staying my concentration for an hour (it helps me get into "the zone"). I still fall off the wagon cuz I keep AIM up so I can socialise a little during the day. It's only fair since I work from home and thus have no co-workers to socialise with. Speaking of podcasts, here are the ones I listen to:

Art & Story
Big Illustration Party Time
Chris Oatley's Art Cast
Escape from Illustration Island
Freelance Radio
Ninja Mountain

I dunno how many of those non-artists/freelancers would find useful, but they've all been immensely useful to me and I listen to them a lot (or am catching up with the backlog still, after 6 months). They all have various gems littered within, depending on the field you are most interested in. I'm interested in comics, fantasy/sci-fi illustration and freelancing in general, so they all apply to me. I'm diversified :D

That's the main thing I wanted to share with you all. I hope people gleam something from this post!

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