When this was all I could come up with on the evening where I was determined to draw something for my challenge – I was disappointed. It’s just a sketch. It’s nothing finished. There’s no colour, it’s a bit messy, it’s nothing special, it’s pointless, I should draw something “better” to share, blablabla. You know. The Voice.
Then I reconsidered. My drawing ability is way higher than that of most people. Many people will never be able to create a sketch like this. These little sketches are how I practice. How I learn everything I need to know for the finished pieces. None of these is useless or pointless, so today I’m going to share “just a sketch”, because it’s totally worth it and saying anything else would be devaluing the playful practice in my sketchbooks as useless, when really they’re the foundation for every drawing I create.
Even the little, rough, unfinished projects are worth it. Every scrawl and squiggle in your sketchbook is incredibly valuable, and even the crappiest drawings you create are worth it, because you learnt how not to do something in them, and all those bad drawings will in the end result in a good one as long as you keep working. Value the progress, the imperfection, because without it, you’re not going anywhere.
Decided to create a little love note today for my boyfriend for today.
I outlined a square on watercolour paper, filled it in with little circles made with different coloured fineliners, stuck a little cardboard heart on it that I purchased in a set at some stage and wrapped the whole thing in a menko envelope like the ones I created on Day 32. I also wrote a short little message on the back of the card. Love – always worth celebrating
On my 25th birthday I received the “A Daily Creativity Journal” by Noah Scalin. I decided to try my hand at a 365 creative challenge, losely based on the book. I will be using the prompts in the book, but in the spirit of fun experimentation and creativity, I’m taking the liberty of switching prompts around, altering them, or dropping them for my own ideas etc. If I find it impossible to complete the project within 365 Days I may extend it to a longer time-frame, but I still want to complete all 365 projects if I can
Drawing is the creative gift that is closest to my heart, but it’s also one I struggle with a lot. For some reason I build up high levels of resistance when it comes to practicing this art and it can really kill the joy of creating for me. I don’t even know why this happens, I’m much less fearful when it comes to exploring other creative arts.
Currently I’m gently trying to get myself back into drawing regularly by integrating working in my sketchbook into my 365 Day creative challenge. Drawing is the skill I most want to hone, so a little bit of practice every day should go a long way, that’s what I’m hoping anyway.
Here’s today’s drawing.