4/12: Day 22
I decided I want to do some watercolor painting this week, so today I sketched out a little cactus in a pot using Micron pens and used watercolors to add a splash of color.
4/13: Day 23
I love drawing cute little houses and cabins but I’ve never felt like I’m really good at it. This one came out better than I’d hoped and I think I’ll keep practicing these in the coming days. I love how simple the lines are, it really only takes a few minutes to get a basic scene set up.
4/14: Day 24
I’ve always had a really hard time drawing scenery. I must have missed the week in art school that we covered creating landscapes. It’s just something I can’t quite grasp. Today I decided to at least start to conquer that fear and make a tiny forest scene. I really wanted to be very minimal with my lines and not clutter the space with too much, but still show the foreground, middle, and background.
I love how this little drawing came out. I don’t think it’s the best example of a scene, but it’s adorable and exactly what I needed today.
4/15: Day 25
Today I did two little drawings. The first is a little ink bear drawn with Micron pens. I’m still on the fence about whether I want to paint it or not. I also drew a little chicken in graphite. I wanted to play with different pencils and try to get some different tones and dramatic values in this drawing. I really love this cartoon chicken, it’s so different than the types I’ve drawn previously.
4/16: Day 26
I’m finally starting to see the payoff in this new habit, 26 days later. For the first few weeks it felt like such a slog. While I love making art, I hate being forced to do something, and this new habit felt very much like a forceful act.
But now things are feeling different. Not only do I look forward to my daily draw every morning, I’ve been drawing more throughout the rest of the day too. The biggest difference in the world has been having my art supplies, paper, and sketchbooks in easy reach at all times. They’re all on my desk, and when I want to take a little break from work, it’s so easy to grab paper and a pen and jot something down.
In my continued effort to get back my watercolor skills, today I did a little painting drill. Using blue and orange paint from my Koi travel watercolor set I made a bunch of little circles on my paper. It might not seem like much, but making circles is a great practice. It’s a tough shape to master with a paint brush, and I pushed myself to make each one unique with color mixing, size, and value. After I finished that little drill I wanted to keep painting so I got out my watercolor sketchbook and painted a whole slew of leaves.
These daily draws are very obviously opening me back up in a way that I didn’t expect. I’m drawing more, painting more, and feeling more creative every day.
4/17: Day 27
Happy Easter! It’s snowing this morning, I don’t remember the last time we had snow on Easter.
A little bunny drawing for today, I used an 005 Micron pen for the whole thing. I really struggled with the shading, trying to make all of the lines look like fur while also showing value was a real challenge. I think the end product is pretty cute but there are definite things I would change if I could.
4/18: Day 28
Whoo four weeks completed! As time goes on I’m feeling grateful to my past self for making the requirements of this new habit so simple. Some days I want to invest a lot of time and energy into art making but a lot of days I don’t, and on those days it’s nice to know the only thing I HAVE to do is a 2.5 by 2.5 inch sketch. If it were more than that I likely would skip it on those days, but the practice of doing it, the habit of doing it, is keeping me creative every day.
Today I went for a little frog- inspired monster. I had a lot of fun with this one, especially the shading.
This upcoming week is going to be pretty tough as we’re very busy, I’ll really need to make an effort to carve out some time for art making!