We’re coming up on a new year, and you may be thinking about writing some new year’s resolutions for yourself. This is a perfect time to set some goals for furthering your artistic practice as well!
Here’s some challenges we recommend you try out in 2017:
- Start every day for a year with 5 minutes of 30 second gesture drawings, or 4 minutes of 120 second drawings. Post the results to your blog, your Facebook, or even our forums.
- Do a 100 drawings challenge, where you draw 100 of the thing that gives you the most trouble – hands, mouths, hips, the male (or female) figure, foreshortened limbs, wombats. Whatever you most avoid drawing, draw more of it!
- Sit down with your calendar and block out time to do 3 30 minute drawing classes per week, with the tool of your choice. If 3 isn’t realistic for your life, try 2 or even 1 — then guard that time and make sure your practice is a priority.
- If you’ve been too nervous to ask for critique on your work, commit to asking for feedback at least once a month, and using that feedback to guide your practice. Here’s our guide on how to benefit from critique, and here’s a link to our critique forums.
- Start every day for a month with the pencil value mastery exercise.
- Pencil a monthly themed drawing challenge into your schedule. Here’s some to consider:
Are you going to try a new year’s drawing challenge? Let us know in the comments, or give us a full progress report on the forums.