Recently, more and more research is coming to light that indicates talent is a matter of time spent practicing, not a matter of innate ability. The idea that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to master a skill is increasingly gaining mainstream acceptance. Personally, I’m a big fan of the idea because it gives hope to people who once believed talent to be a gift they had not been given.
Even though this radical idea has massive ramifications for artists, I don’t think it has properly made a debut in the dialogue about what it takes to become a great artist. We are still asking “How do you draw that?” when we should be asking “How do you get yourself to keep drawing for years and years and years?”
I believe making creativity a sustainable practice is one of the most important and difficult issues an artist deals with. My hope is that my website, Doodle Alley, becomes a platform where artists can share their insights about the long journey to mastery, and that my comics become good fuel for thought and discussion.
Thank you for being here!