Where do you find the magic?

In flow, we are our resourceful, imaginative, ingenious best. According to research done by Harvard Business School professor Teresa Amabile, not only are creative insights consistently associated with flow states, but that amplified creativity outlasts the zone. People report feeling extraordinarily creative the day after a flow state...”
— Steven Kotler in "The Rise of Superman"

This is Day 2 of my 30 days of Drawing.  So far it feels very different from the first "30 days of drawing" that I did a couple of years ago.  I just realized why it feels different.  I'm doing what gives me FLOW.

You can call it "flow" or "the zone".  It's more than enjoyment.  It's where time stands still. It's where your brain lets go of second guessing itself.  It feels like magic.  

I feel the magic almost every time I am learning something new.  I can literally feel my brain expanding.  I feel it when I listen to certain podcasts, when I read books, and when I talk to certain people.  (However, sometimes this can back fire on me.  Once in college I went on a date with a scientist who mistook my fascination with my ideas as fascination with him.  That's a hard one to explain.)  

But usually my love of learning leads to good things.  So, this time around on my 30 day challenge, instead of focusing on accomplishing a task (i.e. drawing a pretty picture), I am focusing on learning.  Specifically, I'm trying to break down the task into learning "why" and "how" rather than just "doing".  

I watched another video tutorial on The Art of Wei and drew this - 

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I didn't really want to show you this, because it is far from perfect and her eyes are wonky.  But I'm not going for "perfection", I'm going for "learning".  I had fun, so I wanted to do another.  I found this tutorial to help me draw some whimsical characters - 

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They look whimsical, but not very happy.  Maybe I'll work on some happy, whimsical people tomorrow.

Where do you find the magic?  

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive. Because what the world needs most is more people that have come alive.
— Steven Kotler in "The Rise of Superman"