(cupcake painting by Duane Keiser)
First I want to say thanks for all the wonderful comments and tips on the previous post! I actually started this post as a comment, but then decided it was waaaay too long.
I saw this fascinating study on a news show a while back. Some researchers placed elementary school kids in a room, one at a time, with a delicious cupcake in front of them. The child was instructed by an adult not to eat the cupcake for fifteen minutes - and then the adult would leave the room. I think (I can't remember the details) if they didn't eat the cupcake they would get a reward. So they filmed these kids while they stared longly at the sweet desserts and took note of who was able to make it the whole fifteen minutes, and who either took little nibbles or ate the whole thing before the time was up. It didn't end there. They followed these kids into adulthood. The ones who exercised self-discipline and didn't eat the cupcake ended up being more successful than the ones who couldn't wait. It was just one study of course, and a slightly goofy one at that, but interesting none-the less.
The whole point of this story is that I would have eaten that cupcake before the fifteen minutes was up. I'm an instant gratification type person - and yes I'll often pay the extra money to get my amazon.com books delivered overnight. So taking extra time on a sketch before I go to my favorite part (the painting) is extremely difficult and challenging. But I know with the way I work, I have to sketch a lot. Some people don't! Some artists can lay down a great idea right from the start, and I wish I was like that. But I have to build it slowly through careful careful planning or it ends up a waste paper basket illustration. It just took my a while to figure that out. :0)