I hear so many people say they can’t draw well but the truth is that they can with just regular practice.
Here’s a challenge for you, draw something everyday for thirty days and see how much your drawing ability improves.
Something very interesting happens when you slip into your “drawing mode” everyday for four weeks. The whole process becomes easier. The act of reaching for pencil and paper becomes a natural extension of yourself instead of triggering fear of failure.
I take this challenge myself whenever I’m feeling rusty, which happens easily. Life loves to through me curve balls that I have to chase after, and not drawing for just a couple weeks leaves me feeling stiff and awkward.
Here are some surprising things about the 30 day challenge that I’ve discovered.
1. Twenty minutes is probably about the right length of time to shoot for, but if you’ve only got a few minutes to spare, that’s okay too. Any drawing is better than no drawing at all.
2. The drawings don’t have to be good. As long as you enter your drawing mode, you’ve got it.
3. Nothing has to be formal. Draw anywhere you want. Draw during lunch, in the car, in the morning, at night, in a tree, hiding under the bed, they’ll all do. Draw on anything you want. The backs of envelopes, used sticky notes, walls, significant others, etc. are fine.
4. Doing drawing is the thing here. Not quality, or attitude, or purpose, or any other personal bug-a-boo you can invent.
5. This is not easy.
6. Drawing daily is addictive, and you may end up craving a few minutes of private drawing time every day after the challenge is over.
7. The artistic reward is huge.
I wrote this post a few years ago, and my discoveries about the challenge still hold true.
Here’s a more recent post with my “stick it to your sketchbook” method of drawing that makes it easier to get through those 30 days.