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Today's Tips: How to improve your building skills [my 100th post]

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As we all know, we all don't have the skills that users such as Block_Fortress, Rova, Disco_, and many others have when talking about building on MC. But that doesn't mean that you can't change that, or at least improve your skills.

I've decided to take the time to write a blog on how to improve your skills. It may not be much, but these tips are all from my personal experience over the last year or so here on PMC.




1. Plan out your projects.
Planning out your projects can help dramatically. I've realized this after my last project, my Forestreium Tower, especially. So far my Forestreium Tower is my only project that I've ever taken the time to plan out to the point I had everything planned out, at least for the outside looks of it. This alone had helped me a lot mostly b/c it saved time by having the plans instead of sitting there while working on it, to really think of plans on the go like I have with my Sangrose Mountain Castle and Crater Castle (and their updates). Planning can also help you visualize what you're doing as well. For me, planning out a project doesn't just mean sitting down and thinking all of what you're going to be including in the build. It means to take the time to actually sit down and make a rough sketch of what you're going to be doing. Not all of us are good at drawing, I get that. But as long as you can make out what you put down on paper (or screen if you're a tablet user) that's all that really truly matters. Also, take the time to go back through everything when you're done (like when you go through to take screenshots of the completed project) to make sure that everything you had planned is there, and if you could alter anything at all as well.




2. Take your time.
Taking your time is also a key part in making projects. Sure..... some of you may get bored, get tired of working on, and say you're gonna come back to it but never do, I understand that. But rushing through projects is the worst way to work on them. Taking your time allows you to actually see things on the builds you may not have thought of for them before. It also allows you to catch any mistakes, such as a misplaced block or even a simple space issue, that would dock off from the attention the project's final product would get. Simple stuff like that can ruin your projects if they aren't fixed. So don't rush anything. And like I stated before, try taking the time to go back through to make sure everything's the way it's supposed to be.



3. Ask for opinions or even advice.
This is the one main thing that helped me out the most to become a good builder myself. I'm not the best, I know, but it still helped me out a lot. Asking for opinions or advice allows you to have someone else catch a mistake or a change that you might not have caught yourself without their help. Most often times, the person working on the build typically, and naturally, thinks their project is perfect, no matter how long they look at it. Nothing's ever truly perfect, or ever will be. But you're still able to get it to where it's perfect. Don't get frustrated at the fact that you might not be able to get it right the first few times.




4. Have an inspiration/role model.
What do I mean by this? I simply mean that you should have someone you look up to as a MC builder/redstone programmer that you can turn to to help your skills improve. This also was a key factor for me. We all have our preferences for who our inspirations/role models are. For me, I had someone like Antiqua as a role model that allowed me to become a better builder. And there are times where your role model may be willing to take the time to help you out as well. But keep in mind, it's not always the case. **This can also be applied with other things such as making skins, TPs, and mods.**




5. Put in the effort for your projects.

Putting in effort for your projects is the BIGGEST factor of your projects. You can't just put in half your effort on stuff. You either gotta go big or go home on this one. The less effort you put in, the less likely you will have your project become noticed like you end up hoping for. Your effort shows when people view your projects, it's practically unavoidable, no matter how hard you try to cover it up. I know many people, like Block_Fortress, Rova, and Disco_, make it look easy to do the stuff they do, but that's because they've taken the time to put effort into their stuff. They've practiced, they've worked, and they've succeeded at what they do because of it.





All in all, I just hope this helped you out.
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Update #1 : by plyr 09/12/2012 9:13:21 pmSep 12th, 2012

Added on a bit more information to a few of the points

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11/19/2013 8:25 pm
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NinamanOfficial
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This is really great :D very helpful for some builders who need help. Diamond for you :3
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06/21/2013 8:01 pm
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MelonManBuilder
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Nice!
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04/10/2013 9:14 pm
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ZachSparklez
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If you wanna print out some isometric paper here is a link for it. Or if you just want to get a stack of it I think Office Depot has it for like 5 or 6 bucks
www.printablepaper.net/category/isometric_graph
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08/24/2013 5:01 am
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HaylingZar
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They give it out in maths lessons :P
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02/27/2013 5:34 am
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Fighterbear12
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very good
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10/15/2012 8:43 pm
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MineCraftatron85
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What kind of paper is that?
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10/15/2012 8:46 pm
Level 61 : High Grandmaster Pyro
plyr
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i have no idea tbh. i never drew that.

but i do know it's some kind of drafting paper though.
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10/16/2012 7:09 am
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MineCraftatron85
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oh but i figured it out! its Isometric Paper (3D Graphpaper) or (Graph Paper with a Z axis)
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10/25/2012 11:17 am
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sarcasticburger
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yeah I was about to say, I use this paper a lot for sketching isometric perspectives of homes irl >.<
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11/01/2012 6:48 am
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sssSeder
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Ive seen this picture somewhere before, you stole it from someone!!!

O_O
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11/01/2012 2:26 pm
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sarcasticburger
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lolwhut?
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