At the beginning of the month I decided that it’s finally time for me to try a Sketch-a-Day type challenge. It’s when you commit to drawing, in one form or another, every single day! Whether you feel like it or not . You can set your own parameters including the frequency, theme, and materials – so to get the ball rolling I decided on once-a-day, of any subject matter, and in any drawing medium.
I’ve been considering this for a while, because I definitely don’t feel that I doodle or experiment as often as I would like to. Between all the behind the scenes organization & admin that comes with being an artist / self-employed, and obviously time spent painting commissions, I find it hard to make time for myself to just experiment and play with art materials. So I thought this challenge was a good step in the right direction.
On July 1st I made a point of heading out for a new sketchbook for this specific task! I know myself well in that I knew if I went with a large sketchbook this whole process would feel too daunting lol. So to keep it fun, and more manageable, I decided to go with a small scale sketchbook. One that I can even just throw in my purse and draw wherever I go, which I love.
So why not share this until right now? Well, a couple reasons: partly because I wasn’t sure if I’d even make it past the 3 day mark to be honest lol, but mostly because I’ve been working like crazy between Pet Portrait orders, my Sale, and some other things I haven’t even had a chance to share yet, it means that my blogging has taken a backseat temporarily once again. BUT I’m excited to share that I’m now three weeks into my sketch-a-day challenge, yay! There are definitely days where it comes easy, and some days not so much, but the whole point is to push yourself and see where it goes. And I’m really enjoying it so far.
If you would like to join me on this challenge (with whatever parameters you like) I would so love that! So please feel free to share pictures/questions/etc with me . Otherwise I will be posting pix more frequently on my Instagram account along the way, so if you have an account you can find me at @ArtByRobynMillar, or if you don’t have an account but would like to see pix anyway you can visit www.instagram.com/ArtByRobynMillar as well. Below is the pic from Day 1, and I will definitely share more pix in blog posts to come.
July 1st 2014: A maple leaf for Canada Day, in ink & watercolour.