Daily Drawing Challenge: In the beginning…

I’m currently in my second year of my masters degree, and let’s just say it is not doing very much in the way of satisfying my creative needs. I think I’ve come a long way as an adult to know myself and my needs; now I am able to identify when I’m feeling off and what I can do to fix it. As is usually the case with me, art is the answer! What better way to get a little art into my life than challenging myself to draw something new everyday!

I didn’t want to make a big fuss about starting this project… just in case it didn’t work out so well. I am happy to announce that I am not one…but THIRTEEN days in! That’s almost two weeks of drawing every day! Wow. I’m impressing myself over here.

My goals for this project:

  • Become a better draw-er.
  • Develop/reveal/become comfortable with my own style.
  • Trade in my old clunky imagination for a souped-up Lambergini of an imagination!
  • Create/Build an online presence as an artist.

My self-imposed rules for this project:

  1. “Draw” something every day for a year. It must be a unique image created for this exercise, not as part of another project.
  2. An image of the drawing must be posted on instagram by 12am each day.

I will admit I had my reservations and fears and doubts before starting this project, and lord knows I am many days away from the end. The fact that I have been able to get over the major humps gives me great hope. The hardest thing I thought would be finding time to do the drawing. Yes, most of my drawings have been done at 10pm while watching TV, but, hey, I got them done! So far, I’ve been blown away by the activity the images have created. Likes and comments from fellow artists online mean a lot to me. My art is reaching people and they’re liking it! Thanks to the momentum from this project, I know I am on the right track.

I think it was in a podcast I listened to recently where I heard someone talk about how you should have started the thing you wanted to do a year ago. That really made me think. What do I want to say that I started and accomplished a year from now? Improving my art is one of those big ones. This blog is another. I’m feeling good about this new school year… though not for traditional scholarly reasons. (Sorry Uni!)

I want to give my drawings themes month to month. September’s theme is “No references”. I’m really good at copying an image, but I don’t want to copy other people’s work. I want to create my own images that uniquely reflect my take on something. Plus, it will really force me to think.

Here are my drawings thus far. Thirteen down, Three-hundred-and-fifty-two more to go!

If you want to see how my challenge is going in real time, I post new art every day on my instagram (@leslietaylordesign). If you’ve been waiting for a sign to start doing this challenge yourself, consider this it! It really isn’t that hard to fit it into your day. I’m surprised at how quickly it became a really fun habit!

Daily drawing: sterile surreal construction. #sketchbook #sketchdaily #dailysketch #dailydrawing #art #surreal

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Daily sketch: #5 Tim Burton Geometric #dailysketch #dailydrawing #sketch #Art

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Daily drawing challenge: day 4. #sketch #dailysketch #dailydrawing #art #purplepen #drawingchallenge

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Daily sketch challenge day 3: anxious robots in space. #drawingchallenge #dailysketch #sketch #art #markers #robot #space

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Daily sketch challenge #2: no reference challenge month. #sketch #drawingchallenge #art

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Daily sketch challenge: day one. No reference month challenge. #drawing #sketch #art #drawingchallenge

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