In this episode of my podcast we’ll discuss how to master an artistic field or endeavor, using macro and micro skills.
Micro Skills – The How
Another word for these would be “techniques”. This is the technical know-how of your artistic field. In watercolor, this means blending edges, matching values and dry brush techniques.
In drawing, this can be properly holding the pencil, creating a gradual shift in values and so on.
Mastering these is pretty straightforward. You practice them until you are competent.
Macro Skills – The Why
This is where the challenge begins.
If the micro skills were the “how to”, the macro skills are the “why we do things the way we do them”.
These can include composition, color selection, arrangement, telling a story or explaining an idea through our art. They also include work-process-related ideas.
This is less of a thing to “work on” in a targeted manner like the micro skills. A lot of this comes down to lots of experimentation and being open and present during the creation process.
I want to emphasise once again – these CAN improve – by practicing correctly.
My Progress With Watercolor Painting
I feel like I’m at a spot where I’m very competent with the micro skills. I wouldn’t say I MASTERED them. But I’m pretty good.
And with the macro skills? I feel like I’m still learning. And there’s A LOT to learn. This pleases me, because it shows the huge potential I can still tap into.
And the way I see it – mastering both micro and macro is the recipe for magic.
I hope you enjoyed this one!
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