There are many correlations between body building, martial arts, and figurative art. Such aspects can range from understanding of human anatomy, thinking three dimensionally, creative problem solving skills, and so on. Each week I'll be discussing a particular strata of the spectrum these three disciplines have in common in an effort to expand consciousness of these art forms and express how the mind and spirit are truly limitless.
This week's topic is Time Management. How is time management used in body building? How about Martial Arts? How about in Figurative Drawing? The basic principals of time management in all three disciplines are essentially the same. It begins with goal setting. "What is my objective?" is a question one needs to ask. Once the goal is established research can be done to discover how much time and effort a goal needs. For example my goals are to further my art career in comics and fine art, compete in body building, and further my martial arts training. The art and body building are career paths that intertwine, the martial arts is only for my own self discovery. I'm not looking to compete in MMA(although I'm a fan of the sport).
Presently I'm a working Comic Book Artist, Illustrator, and Fine Artist who is training for his first ever Body Building competition. Why? It's because I'm insane. It is also because I employ the principals of time management and self discipline I learned in my years of Tae Kwon Do training at the Hawthorne Institute of Martial Arts or HIMA in my formative years. The master instructor at HIMA Mr. G said,"If you can do anything for 30 days straight, on the 31st day you don't have to think about it anymore because it would have become second nature at that point. It takes 30 days to create a new habit." What are the new habits you want to create? They should be habits that will bring you closer to your goal whatever it may be.
Habits that I've trained myself to develop include: eating 6 meals a day, cooking all of my own food, setting weekly studio goals for artwork and promoting my art, going to the gym 6 days a week, training with a personal trainer(who is a competitive body builder) 2 times a week, and forcing myself to blog weekly starting today!
To make some extra money I've been figure modeling for figurative drawing and sculpting classes in art schools all over Manhattan. I've put up two portraits of my heroes Bruce Lee and Arnold Schwarzenegger. They are both men who've changed the world for the better and have very different yet powerful physiques. Both men exercised amazing time management in their careers and look like superheroes. So why wouldn't I draw them all the time!?
My schedule is flexible as my modeling bookings vary. However I always find time to do my artwork and train at the gym. How do I do it? I've got a planner. I write down all appointment times, personal training sessions, and record the stages of progress for pieces of artwork I produce. For example my schedule the last two weeks has been 5am: Wake up 5:30 - 6 eat meal #1 and have pre-workout energy supplements 6 - 7 train at the gym. 7- 7:30 eat meal#2 7:30 - 11 it's studio time! 11 - Noon eat meal#3 and gather necessary materials for any work that I'll be doing in between modeling bookings. I can work in the cafeteria! Below you will see some amazing work by pupils at the Art Students League! This is a great intersection point. I've employed the ideas I've gathered about Body Building and Martial Arts to create a physique that people like to draw and sculpt. Dedicating and allocating time is what it's all about! Whether it is the studio, the gym, or the dojo; time management is essential in achieving your goals. Some of the pieces are busts, some are full figure, but all of them are a snap shot in time. This is how I look 11 months away from my first competition. I've got a lot of work ahead of me but that's never deterred me.
Next Week's Topic: An in depth analysis of Bruce V.S. Arnold and the range of muscularity in the human form!