For the first half of April, we proposed a challenge for ourselves and invited friends and followers to join us. The challenge was to sketch for at least 10 minutes every day for two weeks.
I’ve come to realize that I’m very bad at sketching. It isn’t anything to do with ability, but more my need to ensure that each piece I work on is as perfect as I can get it, which entirely defeats the point of sketching.
In order to combat this, Myra and I started a 10 minute sketching challenge, which some of our art-loving friends have joined also. It only ran for two weeks, but it required that each person undertake at least 10 minutes a day drawing or painting. The subject and technique were left entirely to the artist, but actual progress had to be shown if the same piece was worked on over multiple days.
My own personal challenge was to work on pieces that were definitely not going to be posted online or sold, and in that regard I completely failed, as I again focused too much on getting the pieces to a high standard. I think this might be because I’ve so limited time to actually work on my art that I can’t bare to waste any of it on pieces that are ‘just for fun’.
The one thing I did get out of it though is that by focusing so much on pastel, I think my technique has improved. I’ve just completed by 20th pieces and I’m very proud of myself, though looking at the artist who inspired me, I obviously have years of work still to go!
This challenge was perfect for me as I needed something to motivate me to draw frequently. We created a chat group with friends to inspire each other and to keep each other accountable! It worked. I drew something or worked on a piece every single day. I played with a range of media including pencils, pens and Photoshop.
With the digital paintings, my goal was to get used to my Wacom Intuos tablet. I was very shakey at first but eventually got used to the feel of drawing something on a pad while looking at a screen. I also wanted to get familiar with Photoshop brushes and using a limited colour swatch on Photoshop.
I drew a lot of inspiration from not only the group chat, but also from movies and shows I watched, to musical artists I listened to. The above examples include:
- Saoirse and seal friends from the movie Song of the Sea.
- Janine, the R&B singer.
- Thunderbird from the movie Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
- Lagertha from the TV show Vikings.
Even though the 2 week challenge has ended, I plan on continuing it as I quite enjoy it becoming a habit and part of my daily routine.