I can’t believe I have completed a drawing every single day for the month of January! Frankly, I have often come up with challenges or ideas of creative things I want to do, but I admit I sometimes (frequently) have trouble following through. I am pleased with the progress I have made this month. I don’t love all of these drawings, most are mediocre, but, that’s not the point. The fact that I made one each day and posted them represents a huge hurdle for me. A daily drawing practice forces me outside my comfortable complacency into unknown territory. Territory where my skills and confidence are growing.
My favorite this month is this pen and ink of a quail:
One goal this year is to become more comfortable using ink as opposed to graphite. I love ink drawings, but creating with ink can be nerve wracking. There’s no chance to erase!
Then I had some more fun with flower doodles. This type of illustrative drawing from the imagination is what I do when I want to relax and de-stress.
On Sunday, I actually did a self-portrait that comes closest to capturing a likeness! I stood in front of the bathroom mirror with my sketchbook and charcoal. Since I had to see the drawing, I had on my reading glasses, so I drew those as well. I like the simplicity of this sketch.
Today, I went back to my old standby for still life – the pear.
After just one month, I can see tremendous growth in my work, I can’t wait to see the difference a year of daily drawing will make!