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Good Habits for Sculptors (and Other Artists)

The practice of sculpture involves certain specific efforts, both physical and mental, which require organization in order to carry them out and make the most of them.

Being an intellectual, creative, and quite physical activity, it is advisable to rely on certain habits that facilitate the task.

Some of them are related to the organization of the workshop, others to stimulating creativity, and finally, those that will keep us in good physical shape, which is essential for functioning properly.

While we will encounter advice specifically tailored to sculpture, many of them are highly useful for other types of disciplines..

  • Keep your workspace clean and organized during the session.
  • Finish the session by cleaning and organizing, so you don’t waste time upon returning.
  • Have plastic bags, markers, paper, and adhesive tape on hand to store your sculpture, clay pieces you will continue using, etc.
  • Keep a couple of containers nearby that allow you to lift your sculpture for comfortable work (e.g., paint cans).
  • Take regular breaks to rest, walk, and stretch.
  • Occasionally view the artwork from different perspectives to gain a better understanding of what is being done.
  • Take photos of the artwork from different angles to help you identify errors (you can also use a mirror).
  • Expand your visual culture through books and exhibitions of various art forms.
  • Set realistic goals regarding the complexity of forms, concept, and project completion time.
  • Always carry a notebook to jot down creative ideas. Use sketches of different views and details of your piece as a guide.
  • Seek the opinions of other artists to receive constructive criticism of your work.
  • Create what you love; it is one of the most important keys to maintaining motivation.
  • Organize your work process by keeping a record of the necessary steps for each project. It will help you visualize how much you have done and how much is left.
  • Put your phone on silent mode and only check it at certain intervals to avoid distractions.
  • Focus more on creating than being a perfectionist. It is primarily through practice that you will improve, rather than getting stuck on a piece for too long.
  • Organize folders on your computer with images and information of artists you admire.
  • Before starting a larger or more complex project than usual, prepare one or more small models where you can plan the main volumes and necessary details.
  • Use high-quality materials and tools in good condition; this will help you avoid wasting time solving unnecessary problems.
  • Keep water at hand and drink regularly.
  • Pay attention to your body posture: try to find the best position for your back.
  • Don’t wait for inspiration to strike, get to work!
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