Sculpting is hard work. It’s not like painting or drawing or making pretty pictures. It’s just plain old hard work. You don’t need to know how to draw to do it. I’ve known several incredible sculptors who can’t draw. You don’t need to understand color theory. You just need to be able to apply a certain amount of willpower to overcome obstacles and accomplish the task, and trust me, there will be obstacles.

I want to tell you about a place where I’ve spent a lot of my professional life. It’s called “the Valley of the Suck.” It’s not a nice place to be. In fact, it absolutely sucks to be there, but it’s a necessary place to be. It’s an essential place to be. You simply cannot get to be a better sculptor unless you walk through the ...

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