Drawing 23 of 365

Clearly this isn’t really a new image for today but just yesterday’s drawing finished up. As time goes on I am getting less fussed about the rules, as long as I am drawing every day. 

Illustrator Lisa Congdon has posted a little bit about her process today, in particular she is discussing is “Making Use of Studio Time“:

On getting yourself to the studio: Create a personal challenge or daily/weekly project. Do you respond well to parameters and structure? Do you enjoy a personal challenge? Start a “drawing a day” project or “a new medium a week” — or something unique that gets you making new work on a regular basis. Collection a Day 2010365 Days of Hand Lettering, and The Reconstructionists are all personal projects that have forced me to create on a regularly. And while none of them paid initially, they all led to more work in the end and in a couple of cases, book deals. The key for me was not just doing the daily practice, but sharing it publicly on the internet. That held me accountable and increased my visibility as an artist (which leads to more work).

Creating regularly is the absolute key. Last week I was disappearing into a vortex of web redesign and at the end of the week I felt sad and uninspired again. I know now to make more time for drawing, no matter what, even if I don’t get an entire illustration finished, even it’s just 30 minutes a day. Even if it’s on a napkin in a coffee shop. Sometimes those are the best.

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2 Responses

  1. Kirst says:

    Oooh look – the new space is lovely. I’m looking forward to more of the imaginary friends. x

  2. Denise Leavens says:

    This space is definitely looking very spiffy!Your self-imposed daily drawing project reminds me of Ann Wood’s Cardboard Stampede (http://annwood.net/blog/category/horses/) she ended up making in 2006. She, too, has a new year long project for 2013. You go, girls!

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