I’m trying to create a schedule for myself in regards to how long and how regularly to practice, and I’m just looking for a bit of input. Should I start by going through these exercises on a daily basis or should I put some days aside for more freeform sessions? Should that wait until I’m further into the courses before worrying about my own projects or ideas? And how can I balance learning from multiple sources? I’ve got a stack of Andrew Loomis books with me that I’ve never gotten too far into and which I’d like to reincorporate into my process, I’m just a little stuck on how or if I should jump between them and the site.
I know that a lot of this is subjective – different people have different ways of balancing things – but even so, hearing others’ experiences would help a lot in informing mine.
It’s a good question. I am a partner in an architectural firm and so my weeks get pretty full. I also have a family of 5! Still, drawing is something I do for me (sometimes for my own sanity) so I make sure to spend 45 minutes to an hour once or twice per week after the kids go to bed and I draw, or paint. I fall asleep most nights while trying to finish one of Matt’s videos or some of the other folks I follow on YouTube or Patreon. Each weekend I probably spend 12-14 hours drawing, painting or watching lessons. It isn’t the fast track, but it is consistent and I don’t burn myself out.
Here’s to you finding your perfect schedule!