For the last couple weeks, I have drawn something (almost) every day. I usually draw for around 30 minutes, and draw something different each day, getting my prompts via the subreddit Sketch Daily. Although it’s been less than a month, I’ve already learned new things about skill development, habits, time management tendencies, and how to keep myself motivated.
A Small Step Is Still a Step
While it might be intimidating to start a large, involved piece of art, committing to drawing a small drawing that will only take 20-40 minutes to complete isn’t nearly as intimidating. Since it isn’t as intimidating, I’m much more likely to actually sit down and do it. All those little drawing times will add up and I will grow much faster than if I never did anything for fear of even starting.
Completion, Not Perfection
As someone who always strived for all A’s in school, and takes joy in doing a great job in whatever I may be doing, perfection, or at least near perfection, has always been a goal of mine. However, with my daily drawing schedule – a half hour or so of drawing each day, requiring myself to have a completed piece at the end – I’ve been forced to let go of that need for perfection. This has helped loosen me up and allowed me to enjoy my drawing time more, since there is less pressure on me to produce a perfect piece. The most important thing for me at the moment is putting the time in.
Once I want to put more time into a larger project, then my desire for perfection will come in handy. But for now, while I’m just trying to get practice in, loosening up and not fearing failure is the way to go.
Diversity in Subject Can Help You Grow
I mentioned in the beginning of this post that I’ve been doing prompts from the Sketch Daily subreddit, which has pushed me to draw things I wouldn’t normally. For example, when would I ever choose to draw an insect? But I did, and even enjoyed it! These prompts have expanded the scope of what I like to draw and I’ve been growing as an artist because of it.
Have a Schedule That You Know Will Work
Before I started drawing every day, I would just draw whenever I felt like it. Usually this ended up being only a few times a month, since I didn’t have a specific time set aside for it. Every day I would do my morning routine, go to work, come home, and by that point I was tired and didn’t want to do much of anything. So, I thought, what can I do to make more time for drawing?
Since I’m always tired after work, the logical answer was to make time in the morning, before work. I’ve been slowly trying to move my wakeup time earlier so that I have an extra hour or so of time for myself on weekday mornings, and it’s been working really well. Having the designated time that will always be there- on weekdays at least – has allowed me to keep a consistent schedule and keep showing up to draw day after day.
If you’ve found yourself in a rut, are afraid of the blank page, or just can’t think of what to draw, I would highly recommend finding a time in your day where you will always have time to draw. It has helped me rekindle my love of drawing and I plan to continue drawing every day.