The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.
His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pound of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot – albeit a perfect one – to get an “A”.
Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work – and learning from their mistakes – the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.
I absolutely love this. Here's my two cents: I definitely think it's important to balance quality and quantity. Not every picture needs to be a masterpiece but it's also important to take your time. I wrote a small journal on the matter here. What I personally take away from this is that if a picture isn't working out, just finish it, no matter how much you hate it, and move onto a new project. Overworking something is time consuming and frustrating, especially if the mistake is on a fundamental level and can't be fixed easily. Instead of focusing on perfection, just do your best and focus on getting things done. You can't improve on an empty canvas!
What are your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree, and how does it apply to you?
Yes, you are very much right!
I think those pages are alright but shouldn't be marketed as 'Sketchbook tours' or 'Sketchbook pages', they should be marketed with a new term like Painting Book or Painting practice books :3
It's just off-putting to beginners but they are certainly beautiful pages <3
Also, the thing is that we only post our best pages when I think we should also be posting our improvement. I'm doing that right now and it might ruin my 'beautiful aesthetic' but this is better to show to people, that we are people with just as beautiful tops as well as many just as beautiful fails :3
Yeah, you're actually very much right! ;D When we compare to those best works notihng is enough
But then again, all sketchbooks are kind of .... tricky as the people making them could put in 5x the time and effort in improving then you are doing so comparing is useless in any case
But yeah, posting all sorts of stuff is better, it creates a personality on rthe internet that's close to your own so living it is just more honest and better in general :3 <3