Meet Terry. She’s a chipper little flyer who would love to scramble up onto your shoulder and nibble your ear (just a little nibble, it tickles). And could she please, pretty please have a tiny bit of that sandwich?
Here’s a quick short story about the time Pete decided to take a lunch break in one of the pterosaur enclosures at the shop…
I’ve been making excellent progress this week! I must say it’s quite nice to make progress like a ninja tortoise instead of a snail. Tortoises don’t look very fast of course, but they’re persistent! Look away for a few minutes and it’s always quite a bit further than you may expect.
Just for comparison and silliness, here’s a slow, ambling tortoise…followed by a very focused ninja tortoise.
It’s exciting to see the chart and see it almost all colored in!
I discovered that it’s very helpful to jot down ideas or sketch out thumbnails. I’ve been much more efficient this month, because once I was done with one illustration I was able to immediately start the next one since I had a plan.
Visualizing the big goal isn’t enough to get it done, because there are so many steps involved in getting it done that it can be overwhelming. One can also spend time figuring out the next step after accomplishing one small part.
Greater progress can be made in less time by breaking down in advance all the necessary steps, that way you can take advantage of flowing into the next task while you have the energy and excitement of completing the first task.
We’ll see if this lesson is true long term, but at the moment I really like the efficiency of having things planned out ahead of time. With just a few extra minutes of forethought, I spend less energy and mental stress on what will happen after I finish the first step. Then I can just flow straight into the next step without breaking stride.
This also means I’m more prepared, and less likely to be scrambling last minute for things I should’ve had ready to go!
Speaking of planning…
Coming July 1st…
These two gentle giants love making new friends, the more the merrier! 🙂