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This is a different field, but I think the concept may be a good one.  My best friend is a handbell ringer.  She's probably the best musician I know, so much so that when we were stand partners once for a violin exhibition, I sank lower in my chair and tried to hide, wondering how she could stand to listen to my attempts at music...

 

At any rate, she got into a top ringing choir and rang for them for years. Each year she'd "re-audition," and during the audition would ask each time for just one thing to work on that year; something to improve on or an area of focus where the director felt she was weak. She'd spend the year practicing extra on that one thing.   I don't know if that would help, but maybe just thinking of a single thing you want to practice might make the process more relaxing.

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Larger minis tend to take more time. We pour more hours into them.  If I were to spend an equal amount of time on a small figure and a dragon, and then enter them in the competition, the dragon would

I plan to, I am learning zbrush and my dragon species are some of the first things I am going to try and make, since they are easy for me to envision    Thanks everyone. I do feel better now

@Sirithiliel    I'm no where near good enough for a bronze yet but I can offer some insight into that step from silver to gold. I do Japanese fiber arts for reenactment groups. While it

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I like deliberately practicing certain things on every piece, and letting others go to "good standard". My current WIP is "try sheer cloth". The tough one before that was "intense multiple source OSL". And before that I've had goals of "moonlit" or "freehand" or "texture" or "shaded hair". The rest of the figure doesn't get special attention, but those parts do. By the time I move on to the next piece, what was an intense goal becomes a natural inclination, and easier to do in the future. No need to be overwhelmed by improving everything at once on every figure.

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4 hours ago, Corporea said:

This is a different field, but I think the concept may be a good one.  My best friend is a handbell ringer.  She's probably the best musician I know, so much so that when we were stand partners once for a violin exhibition, I sank lower in my chair and tried to hide, wondering how she could stand to listen to my attempts at music...

 

At any rate, she got into a top ringing choir and rang for them for years. Each year she'd "re-audition," and during the audition would ask each time for just one thing to work on that year; something to improve on or an area of focus where the director felt she was weak. She'd spend the year practicing extra on that one thing.   I don't know if that would help, but maybe just thinking of a single thing you want to practice might make the process more relaxing.

This is kinda what I do. I select most of my ReaperCon classes to fit something I want to improve. Then spend the next year working on it. And make sure I incorporate it in my MSP open pieces. Last year was lighting and OSL. This year is texture and designs. 

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