The Greatest Art Advice

July 10, 2019

all right welcome back friends so in today's video we're gonna do things a bit different today I want to talk about one of the most important principles that every artist a creative person should know about and along with that you can watch me paint my little companion Mew into my sketchbook so without further ado let's start talking about one of the greatest art advisors out there okay so 80% of what we do is pretty much pointless what how so you ask well one thing after another so in 1906 the Italian economist vilfredo pareto created a mathematical formula to describe the unequal distribution of wealth in his country and what he found was that 20% of the people owned and produced 80 percent of the wealth in his country and later he also noticed this unequal distribution his own garden when he realized that 20% of the peoples contained 80 percent of the piece over the following decades many other people have observed similar phenomena in different areas and this has later become recognized as a universal principle called the vital few and the trivial many today this is known as the Pareto principle or the 80/20 rule and it is one of the most important and helpful principles to know about to be more effective and productive and also to be a bit happier so what exactly is the 80/20 rule it's actually quite simple the Pareto principle states that approximately 80% of all effects come from roughly 20% of the causes or in other words most of what we do roughly 80% as little to no effect the main idea is to realize that a small number of causes produce a large percentage of the effect and this is something that applies to our professional as well as our personal lives here are some examples of how the 80/20 rule applies in real life that might sound very familiar to some of you 80% of the time is spent on 20% of the apps on your phone 20% of the shows you watch account for 80% of your enjoyment 20% of your clients create 80% of your income or on the other hand 80% of the complain come from 20% of your clients the Pareto principle can be found in all areas of our lives I mean this is probably even true for wearing your shoes you probably wear 20% of the shoes you own 80% of the time once you start looking you will see it everywhere and what's so great about it is that it often means that by focusing on just 20% of what's wrong we can expect to solve 80% of the problems now don't get too caught up on the exact numbers here the numbers don't always have to be 8020 and they also don't always have to add up to 100% 100% of your income can also come from 10% of your collectors it's not a mathematical law it's a rule of thumb the point isn't the exact numbers but how more often than not things aren't distributed equally and they usually aren't one way of applying the 8020 rule to your life could simply be to ask yourself this question what is the 20% of my day that is producing 80% of my happiness and most of us will probably realize that indeed the majority of the things that we enjoy doing or that make us happy happen in a time span of a few hours maybe the last few hours of the day figuring out when those hours are and how we spent them ultimately allows us to consciously focus on them and therefore maximize happiness if you realize that you are most happy in the few hours of the work when you go out for dinner with friends you should do that more often if you have the most fun watching a TV show in the evening well then you should spend some time and energy on making that experience the best it can be you will find the Pareto principle in all areas of your life but since we're talking about it in the context of being an artist and creating art let's talk about some practical ways we can apply this principle to our daily lives so let's start with the example of creating a piece of art and since I'm a painter I will go with the example of creating a painting so when I start a painting it actually doesn't take much time to get a good impression of how the finished painting will look like and at some point in the process the painting stops going through major changes once I filled out the whole painting surface and everything is in its place the changes start to become so menu that they sometimes only become a pair when viewed up close or than viewed in direct comparison to the earlier stages in the process which basically never happens of course you can put all your efforts into one painting and try to get 100% of the results but you can also spend just 20% of your time and effort and get 80% of the results many will say that it's totally worth it if you put everything you have into one piece you're working on and sure the end result can be great if everything works out which is never guaranteed but the question is is it worth more than having five pieces of art of which some are almost as good and maybe a couple even just as good or is it worth more than having created two pieces of art and having a whole bunch of free time that you can spend on doing other things that make you happy I think in everyday life for the most part at least the answer is clear instead of spending one week on creating a piece of art spend one day on sketching and collecting ideas and then four days on realizing a couple of the most promising ones and on the other two days you spend your time with your family and friends or do whatever else makes you happy working this way doesn't only produce a much higher volume of high quality work but you're also focusing your energy on what's most promising and effective the point is to realize that you have the option to focus on the important 20% and not waste all your time and energy on the things that have very little significance if you're a beginner and you're just starting out you can focus your energies on the things that will bring you the most bang for your buck do you really need to be able to draw and paint everything in every medium and style well no not when you're starting out figure out what's most important in case of drawing and painting it's the ability to capture likeness and lighting situations so basically getting better at drawing and painting in black and white is the best thing you can do and once you understand that you can start to focus 80% of your time on developing these skills instead of spending it on a bunch of things that ultimately aren't as important but do you ever find yourself working all day but at the end of the day you look back and you realize you haven't achieved much that's productive well this happens because 20% of the important things often end up taking 80% of our time a good way to solve this issue is to at the start of the day make a list of maybe 10 things you have to do or work on then you go through your list and find out what the three or two most valuable or important things are and once you've figured that out you can spend 80% of your time working on those things this way even if you don't get everything done to make sure that whatever you get done is most productive so as you can see the Pareto principle doesn't imply that you shouldn't spend a lot of time on one project or task it rather means that you don't get caught up in the 80% that won't really make much of a difference in fact the Pareto principle doesn't even suggest you work less it just indicates that you need to focus your efforts and only work hard in areas that matter most now I would be remiss if I didn't mention that there's also a time and place for perfectionism or spending all your time and effort on one specific task perfecting a concept or a technique can be a very important thing but on the other hand sometimes there's also work that just needs to get done work that isn't part of the important 20% but that will enable you to focus on the important things once it's out of the way this could be paperwork cleaning up organizing or prep work in these cases it's best to just sit down and get the work done the Pareto principle is actually pretty straightforward if you can identify the 20% that create the most rewards you can also spend more time on doing the things that create the greater rewards and on the flip side you can also cut back on the 80% of the time that is often less important since it only creates 20% of the rewards so the takeaway is basically this the Pareto principle is a practical guideline that can lead to greater effectiveness and also help us use our time and resources in a way that leads to better results and that's all it is it's just another tool that helps us realize our visions but with that being said guys we're going to bring this video turn it thank you all so much for watching please hit like subscribe if you're not already a subscriber and yeah have a good one [Applause] [Applause] you

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  • Reply Alpay Efe July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Percentages, percentages, percentages…

  • Reply Loren Chantland July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am


  • Reply Sue Pham July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    This video is 100 percent helpful 👌

  • Reply Smartix 98 July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Could you explain how you prepare your sketchbook before painting with oils? I noticed you use gesso, but do you put it directly from the tube or mix It with something?

  • Reply Sandra !! July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I love these sketchbook videos! I would love to see more focusing on your process of painting in your sketchbook! Or talking about your materials, your palette set up, etc. can’t get enough of your content! Love it !! 🙂

  • Reply Saira Carrillo July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Wow I’ve never heard of this but it’s very interesting to learn about!

  • Reply Susan LAGUARDIA July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I am so interested in how you are painting, I am hardly paying attention to you words. I would rather hear you tell us what colors you are using, brushes, talk about your technique, etc. . That is a true tutorial…Thanks anyway. Love to watch you paint…

  • Reply Watercolor July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    This is quite confusing 😅 how about I just paint whenever haha

  • Reply ThAdonis July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I think best art advice is not to just copy photos and think it makes you a good artist.

  • Reply M Sultan July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    What are things that would count towards the 20% of art skills that will boost the level of amateur painter? Comment below please

  • Reply Mn July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Thank you, I truly needed this reminder.

    P.S I've been following you on IG for years and wished I could see the process of your paintings, so I appreciate this video even more.

  • Reply John Matthias July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I've never heard it expressed that way. Thank you.

  • Reply betterdayz2003 July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Great advice and beautiful painting… Thanks for sharing with us…

  • Reply Neil the ass titan July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    that little 20% dog stole the show c:

  • Reply S M July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    You're accent makes your videos so satisfying to watch!!!

  • Reply Yvonne Rahmes July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I enjoyed watching you create this puppy. We lived in Frankfurt for 4 yrs starting 1980, before the wall came down! It still amazes me, we never thought we'd see that in our lifetime. I am still surprised by art, even my own, when I finish sometimes I am truly surprised at what things end up as, mostly happily so. I subscribed 🙂

  • Reply Maysi - Art July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    …das macht tatsächlich Sinn. Amazin painting!

  • Reply Leigh Wilson Artist July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    If I only had 20% of your subscribers on my channel. 😂. Great principle, and very nicely painted!👍

  • Reply TYFILMPRODUCTIONS July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Does this also mean that society shouldn't get caught up with 80% of people that produces only 20% of the wealth? Or being aware of such principle makes it possible to make an effort for changing the ratio somewhere closer to 50-50? Or am I just really bad at math?

  • Reply K1A2R5L4A July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Este es el MEJOR canal de youtube <3 I love ur videos <3 <3 <3

  • Reply Mark Barrera July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    love the dog- sweet face- nice rendering.

  • Reply Janet July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I love you, you're my new favorite art channel. Fantastic content.

  • Reply Silly Goose July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Your paintings are so wonderful, and your commentary is so insightful. Your advice has revolutionized my thought process. Thank you for all that 🙂

  • Reply Gina Julian July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Right now it looks like 15% of your viewers are responsible for 80% of the likes on this video. Let's get that number up you guys! 🙂

  • Reply Brayan Rodriguez July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Tbh I needed this, lately I’ve been stressing too much painting because I don’t like to add too many details, I prefer fast paintings with good colors + light

    And this video explains the solution very easily lol

  • Reply Kelly Ramirez July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I've never heard of this principle before, but makes so much sense! Definately will apply it to my work

  • Reply Amde Ysuf July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    ooh, a classic. Good time to be reminded actually.

  • Reply Christina Trager July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    100% of dogs offer 100% of their love 100% of the time. Roughly.

  • Reply Pablõ dé July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    <3 ily

  • Reply Jamie Lange July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    That is not really the greatest advice though, I don't even think it's close…

  • Reply Basca Draws July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Great advice! Have you read "the one thing"? I think the one thing kind of overlaps with the 20/80 rule in some way.

  • Reply Kristel _ July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Step ons: be a great artist

  • Reply Debra Paper July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    great advice and reminder to stay on task. I took your suggestion and started oil sketching in my sketchbook and progress is happening! thanks

  • Reply Anna Solovienko July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Thank you for your videos! Always glad to see a new one

  • Reply Phile's Art July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    man it's just impressive how every drawing of ur sketchbook is like perfect, my sketchobook is such mess compair to urs xD

  • Reply Taly Mo July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I really wanna pet that dog 😭

  • Reply J Carrera July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I love your voice 🖤💟

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  • Reply Glace Féale July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    That's interesting, merci.

  • Reply Zaq July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Nice video! I needed to hear this information. Keep your good work!

  • Reply Thrilla Art July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Wow Your painting is mesmerizing! And yes, once you see the 80/20 rule in your life, it’s crazy how you see it everywhere. Great video 👍🏼!

  • Reply Taisen's Cool Stuff July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Thanks for this advice! It'll help with my drawings!

  • Reply Murder Ballad July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    what food are you thinking about right now…. Go!

  • Reply michij July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I love your videos – great, uncommon advice and calming, beautiful painting. It was lovely and informative. Thank you for sharing!

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  • Reply Basement Art July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Wonderful advice 😀 I look forward to seeing how it affects my work flow!

  • Reply Gina Jennings July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    True wisdom .

  • Reply Tuna July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    better not be clickbait my man.

  • Reply Goku Rosé July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Don't compare your art to others -Alpay Efe

  • Reply Lioba Brückner July 10, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Great advice! 💖

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