-By Dan dos Santos
The general rule of thumb amongst creatives, is that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice before you become masterful at your craft. Even working 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, that's still 5 or 6 years of constant work. That's a lot. And when you do that much work, you end up with, well, a LOT of work.
I am in the process of moving to a new state, and I had to clean out my basement. Hiding down there was a stack of drawings I've had since college. This stack of drawings, was a result of YEARS of life drawing.
The original stack was actually several thousand drawings, but during my previous move, I culled them down to just several hundred. Since then, they've done nothing but rot in my basement.
Rather than move them all again, my assistant was kind enough to photograph them all for me, so that I could finally dispose of them.
A lot of people find the notion of throwing away old art horrifying, but it's actually pretty liberating. After all, their value lies in the education these drawings provided me and not the final product. That knowledge will always remain with me.
I thought I would share with you a small sampling of what my 10,000 hours looked like.
If you liked these, stay tuned for more. I have plenty of horrible paintings to share too!