Imagine for a moment that you decide you want to learn how to play the piano. You make the investment in a keyboard, buy some instructional books, some sheet music, and you sit down to begin to play. Unless you are a musical genius, it would be immediately obvious that you won’t get very far without some lessons and plenty of daily practice. I’m sure if you asked seasoned musicians how often they practiced their basic scales in the beginning years, they would all say, “Far more than I ever thought I would need to.”

Drawing is no different. Whenever we learn a new skill, it requires discipline and the awareness that we need to leave perfectionism and the expectation of lofty performances behind for a while and attend ...

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