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Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Dear Reader,

As a novice, I do not produce great art. At most times I produce works which are difficult to look at 😉. So what keeps me going. Well I have a goal in mind - it is vague and it shifts from time to time. But I would like to make professional quality illustrations and paintings, good enough to be able to make a decent comic book.

Now this goal pulls me towards itself. For this magnetic force to not frustrate and overwhelm me, I need to move towards the target. That is where the active second parts of the two sentences in Goethe’s quote above come in. Apply your knowledge, and do what you will.

If we only know and will, then we don’t move forward. Moving forward provides real world experience - and ends up giving feedback. So it helps in two ways

  • we move towards our goals (in jerks and starts)

  • we learn better due to our active experience.

I leave you with this famous painting by Hokusai…

The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai

Painting - Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai

Have a great day and happy holidays,

Abhishek (art noob)