Don’t confuse 4 minutes with 4 years.

For Christmas, I gave Jenny a family portrait drawn by one of my favorite artists. His name is Bump Galletta and I absolutely love his illustrations. (You should check out his work!)

In addition to the portrait, he created a video documenting the process.

What’s interesting is that the video, shown in fast forward, only takes about 4 minutes to watch.

It’s tempting to watch that video and get confused into thinking that it only took 4 minutes to make.

Deep down we know we’re watching something in fast forward, but there’s a part of us that hopes expertise will come that quickly.

We want our art to take 4 minutes. Not 4 hours.

We want fast forward skills, instant expertise and overnight success.

We see the quick video and mistakenly believe the skills were acquired quickly.

Part of the reason we do this is because we live in an age of instant experts. Someone does something reasonably well for a week online and then sells a product teaching you how to do it. Promotion makes you look like an expert. Practice actually makes you one.

This creates a false expectation and real pressure that perhaps your road will be short too. That expertise is easy or fast. But it’s not.

Ask Bump Galletta.

This 4 minute video took him 4 hours to draw. More than that, learning how to draw took him a lot longer than 4 years to learn.

One of the key elements I talk about in Do Over is developing your skills. Why? Because they take time and we all need encouragement along the way to keep drawing.

Don’t feel pressure or shame if you can’t make an amazing 4 minute video yet. Stack up the hours into days. And then the days into weeks and then, months and eventually years.

That’s the best (and really only) way to get amazing skills, the kind real experts always have.

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9 Comments
  • Laura Galuppi
    Posted at 08:36h, 26 January Reply

    Love the sketch…but why no noses?

  • clint
    Posted at 14:48h, 26 January Reply

    I checked out his website and he does great work, but why does he hate noses so much?

  • David Mike
    Posted at 18:13h, 26 January Reply

    10,000 hrs!

  • Al Men
    Posted at 18:45h, 26 January Reply

    Great video!

  • Nathana Clay
    Posted at 10:51h, 27 January Reply

    Thank you for sharing! Your perspective often encourages me to go on hustling and chasing my dream. Some days I fall so easily into the comparison trap. With where I am at currently, I feel like I need much more practice, and less emphasis on promotion. I am looking forward to reading “Do Over”!

  • Blake Thompson
    Posted at 16:09h, 27 January Reply

    I wondered the same thing about noses. I thought, “I guess he’s going to add those last…” But he never did!

    Great work even though.

  • Peter Gowesky
    Posted at 09:01h, 28 January Reply

    This is so encouraging. It fits right in with what I’ve been thinking about this year… This year I have decided to take more risks to be more courageous and chase my dreams. The funny thing is that somewhere along the way, I have bought into the lie that I should be just as good as the experts… Truth is I may be, but just as you said, it comes with time and with practice.

    Thanks for the encouragement not to give up on my dreams!

  • Chris Shumate
    Posted at 07:30h, 30 January Reply

    Jon – I enjoyed what he did for you so much that I ordered one from him. I’m giving it to my wife for Valentine’s Day. Since she follows me on Instagram and Facebook, I haven’t posted it there yet. But since she doesn’t read blog I will post it here. I am very happy with his work. Check out the video he did for us. I love how he documented the process. It makes it that much more special to me.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UngGgz4PgBk

  • Scott Beebe
    Posted at 14:44h, 02 February Reply

    This was a mini-breakthrough for me taking the plunge into the world of creating things. The bright gloss must be weighed against reality. What I have found is people tend to appreciate the relief of un-produced piece as much as they feel skeptical of an over-produced piece.

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