All artists are willing to suffer for their work. But why are so few prepared to learn to draw? --Banksy
When I started this project I set up these simple rules:
- Choose one creative habit.
- Do it everyday for one month.
- Share my effort/progress with others.
- Reflect on the month and make changes.
So why have I stuck with drawing for 8+ months? I've changed the type of drawing and the media but it's been drawing for 246 straight days.. And I'm pretty sure that I'm not going to change it for the remaining three months. It might be time for me to think about why...
It took me 200 days of drawing to realize this. The reason that I chose to draw for my creative habit was because I felt that as an artist, I should. I thought (maybe I still do) that artists should be able to draw. I saw artists as people who carry around a sketchbook at all times. That was my perception of artists and if I was going to fake being an artist, then I needed to carry a sketchbook and draw.
I don't regret spending 246 days learning to draw. It's just that I think it's important to know why I chose this. I wouldn't say I love it. I still struggle often. I chose to draw because it's something I want to be able to do. I want to be good at it. I want to have that skill under my belt. If I choose to be an abstract artist, I want it to be because that's what I chose, not because I can't draw well enough to do something else. I want to give myself a skill set.
I'm coming to point where I'm not sure what to draw in the morning. Nothing is appealing to me. I'm bored, I guess. I also have this goal to put more of my story in my art. It's time to think about what that story is so that it can lead me to the subjects that I need to draw.