With 2018 almost here I am in the process of preparing my self for an epic drawing challenge. The idea is to try as best as possible to do a drawing a day for 365 days in a row and post them to a group on Tumblr. This undertaking was inspired by talking to Alison Booth, who attends my Felixstowe art class, about her experience of completing the challenge a couple of years ago. She said that although it had been tough, she learned a lot in the process and was keen to give it another go.
The challenge is being hosted on Tumblr with the help of another friend of Alison and myself – Sue Hagley. You can follow our progress as it unfolds here.
Would you be interested in taking part? – The challenge is open for anyone interested in drawing and feels inspired to give it their best shot at doing a drawing a day for a year. Its expected that you are bound to miss a few here and there…but best to start with a positive outlook that it might be possible to make it.
Benefits of regular drawing
If there was an easy way of improving your drawing and painting in a short period of time, then I think regular drawing from life would be it. I say drawing from life because although there is a lot that can be learned by drawing from reference material – traditional observational drawing from life is, I feel, the best way to develop the core skills of drawing. In the act of translating the three-dimensional world on to the two-dimensional page, you are exercising the greatest amount of drawing muscles you can in one session. To my mind the benefits of doing a drawing a day for a year would include:
- More accurate drawing and subsequently more accurate painting ability.
- Better perception of Tones
- The ability to see as an artist (drawing on the right side of the brain)
- Getting into the habit of drawing, as opposed to thinking of it as a chore or homework
- Becoming more interested and appreciative of the visual world that surrounds us.
- Provide ideas and reference materials for paintings.
- Create a sense of achievement (when Alison finished hers she had all the drawing printed into a little book – what a great way to record the journey of a year of drawing)
Being part of drawing community
Although posting drawings online may not be everyone’s cup of tea, there are real benefits in taking part in a group challenge. We all have good days and bad days – seeing others go through that can take the pressure off yourself. Everyone benefits from support. One thing I have noticed in my classes people give each other much more support than they usually give themselves! – Having some positive feedback every now and again can really help keep the morale up when things aren’t going so well! Being part of a group like this helps as we can comment on drawings we like and help keep others going. Being part of a group also helps to incentivise you keep drawing and keep posting.
Ready to give it a go?
- The first thing you need to do is set up a tumblr page here
- Then set up you own page and learn to upload photos from you phone or tablet
- Then email or me the name of your tumblr page and we can add you to the group
- You can then try a few dummy posts to see it works
- Get yourself set up for drawing (why not make a start today with a quick 10min sketch?)
Good luck and happy drawing!