Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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learn to draw
A question about this goal: I suck at sketching....help!!WHAT DO I DO 2 GET BETTER? Go to some place called SDA(suckish drawers anonymous) March 27th, 2006 18:08

Answers:

Don’t be so critical of what you DO draw. Get a pocket sketchbook and fill it up, page by page, even if you think it’s rubbish. As you fill it up you WILL improve, and by the time you fill the book you will see it for yourself. Then go back and fill up the empty spaces, or colour the pictures in. Then start a new book and fill that the same.

You have to keep drawing, almost obsessively, but without self-criticism. Eventually – say after a year – you will start to see yourself develop. It’s the only way, but it works.

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Hello. :)

I agree with pigpigexpress. You really need to just start drawing no matter how bad you are.. and you have to love it. If you don’t want to work to get good you’ll end up giving up. Everyone starts out bad and gets better. That’s just how it works. You should join www.deviantart.com it’s really helpful to have artists to look up too. DeviantArt is probably the biggest reason my art has improved over the last 3 years.

Thanks you guys…...I am being a little too self-critism-ist lol thnks

Read “Drawing on the right side of the brain” by Betty Edwards.

It will explain the whole process of why people think they can’t draw and gives really cool exercises for changing self-defeating notions and learning how to translate what your eye sees into what your hand draws. It’s for everyone who wants to draw but thinks they can’t. Fantastic book. I highly recommend it.

Good luck! Have fun!

I agree with what everyone else says, you have to draw everyday.
Classes would help.
“Drawing ont he right side of the brain” and “the Natural Way to ddaw” by Kimon Nicolaides have very good exercises.One of my favorites is to draw the contour of objects without looking at the paper, you just imagine your pencil is touching whatever you are drawing. After a while, you’ll be surprised at the results. The drawing may be crooked, but the essence of what you have been drawing is there.

I have the Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain DVD (well, sort of, I downloaded it ^^;) and though my final projects are consuming all my time, I still found this thing quite interesting. It will tell you why engineers seem to only be able to draw diagrams and function graphs, and how to overcome the “ultimate suckness” level.


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