Art fitness training requires daily use of complex skill sets. From the daily routine of drawing, hundreds of images amass over a short time. If the work is approached as daily exercise, and everything is put on a stack with a mindset that it will not be looked at again- that it is the process of daily work that matters, not the product- then the work becomes flowing and enjoyable for its challenge. In this way the act of drawing itself becomes the internal reward, and the drawings become a by-product of artistic intent. Being an artist is about internal motivation and skilled expression of honed talents existing as an action in time, here and gone. The byproduct of the art object is of no consequence. This is the reason a sculptor must draw, as drawings are quick and ephemeral and invigorate the living quality of creating. Sculptures by amateurs are often lifeless dead objects, and even a master's work can wither and collapse. Living quality is not a technique or trick that can be learned, it cannot be approximated- it is inherent in the intent of the artist or it is not. How art is approached is therefore paramount, as practicing a mistake (in intent or application) only makes for worse practice. In time this mistaken practice will become apparent, and works from the past will become distant in relation to ongoing work. This is why quality in art takes a long commitment, and asks for recognition of personal failures as aspects of achievement. Encouragement by discouragement, and discouragement by encouragement; so thinking about and assessing has to become emptiness, and the destruction inherent in creativity must be given equal attention, and all must become a flow of making with no regard of the end- as there is no end.
As an example of how drawing is expressive of the individual artist, and how change occurs over time; the gap between the 2020/2021 drawings above and the 2015/2014 drawings below is a true gap where no drawing occurred- I just stopped, which can happen. Both sets are created primarily from models on the New Master's Academy (NMA) website. In the pandemic I resubscribed to NMA and took up drawing again. I also followed a few of their courses with Glenn Vilppu, Karl Gnass, and Joseph Todorovitch.