YAY, WHOOP and WOW feeling a massive sense of achievement. Today I finished my 1st yearlong daily drawing challenge. I chose to finish the year drawing a Mandala,with my favourite pen my Lamy.
Time for a little dance!
2015 has been a truly creative year, its good to reflect and acknowledge your achievements.For me it was drawing something everyday and posting it online.When I started this challenge I did not realise how much it would change things, so I wanted to share with you things I have discovered through out the year.
Key things I have discovered this year
I LOVE BEING AN ARTIST – I know this is my life, Its not the easiest route to take but I love a challenge and most of all I am proud to call my self an artist. I just love drawing so much.
CONFIDENCE – Improved 100% as an artist and on a personal level.
ABILITY– I have drawn things this year I have never drawn before,and really enjoyed discovering with practice I can draw anything.
LEARNING– I love learning and have finally getting to grips with Ps.Had sewing classes learnt to use my sewing machine, so much fun. Also learning Spanish and French,a little every day slowly improving.
PRACTICE– this is the one thing that only you can do, its all about the practice, the more you do something the better you get.It really is that simple.
PASSION– Making art, experimenting, having fun just being me the artist, the happiest I have been for a long time. Not worrying what other people might think of it but just enjoying the proses. some will like your art and some wont,its not a problem its just the way it is.
TIME– Have been getting more organised so I have time to make art and learn. I have got much better but know I can improve,being organised suits me. Oh how times have changed!
SOFA -DOODLES– I just love sitting on the sofa with my sketchbook and just drawing whatever I feel like, I let my pen wander and just relax, creative meditation
SKETCHBOOK– Use them everyday, I love my sketchbooks they are my place to play and explore, and I never leave home without one. Its good to look back and discover sketches and then rework them, this year I have filled over 7.
ONLINE COMMUNITY – I am lucky to have found an amazing online community of artist,designers,illustrators and surface pattern designs. we are from all over the world but we all support and help each other on our creative journeys.
Most of all when we put our minds to it we can achieve anything we want to.
As I enjoyed it so much I have decided to challenge myself in 2016 with Daily People Sketching
I found this wonderful blog post with 10 Tips for How to Sketch People
The one fear I want to overcome is sketching people; I have always seen and admired artists sitting in a café, sketching people, so this year I will embrace this fear and go for it.At the end of May I am off traveling for 2 months in Europe when I am away my goal is that I will be confident enough to sit in a café and sketch people. I have said it now,its out there.
I will give myself a time limit of up to an hour a day,use any medium.I have called it sketching as this is not about producing a finished drawing everyday but about me learning, looking and finally understanding the human form and how to capture it.
A big THANK YOU for all your lovely comments over this year,it spurs you on and helps you to continue and not to give up.
I would highly recommend taking up a daily challenge for a year, its so worth doing.