Study Hall: Daily Drawing Habit

Are you getting ready for the new year?

Will you have any new year resolutions regarding creativity? if you do a drawing each day, and if you do that for 40 days in a row, you’ll be pretty likely to stick with that habit. Because by then it has become part of your daily activities and if you don’t do it, you’ll miss it!

When I was in Paris to film the lessons for Jean-Christophe Defline’s week in the Sketchbook Skool Kourse ‘Storytelling’, I was in awe of the fabulous accordeon sketchbook that he was filling with drawing after drawing. He dedicated it to draw people in it, from head to feet. Simple black pen drawings, using reference pictures that he keeps in a folder at his desk. By drawing one person each day, the sketchbook filled up and he created one very long and amazing ‘group portrait’ of all these individual drawings together.

I’ve been wanting to try this ever since filming Jean-Christophe back then; create a collection of drawings like that. So today I’m starting a new habit. Looking forward to the whole process with each drawing, and it’s a fun idea that I will end up with a group portrait in the end as well!

15 Tips To Boost Your Creativity

Encountering a creative block can be terrifying. And to accept the fact that it’s happening isn’t easy. But once you’ve done that – there is light at the end of the tunnel. There really is! And that’s the moment you tell yourself:

Enough already with the whining.

Let’s move on. Change your mindset. Change your perspective. Look at the things you’re doing daily, and how you’re being creative without even noticing. Yes. you’re done. Ready to look ahead, make art, create new things and ideas. Ready to encounter the next bump in the road, because, yes there will be more!

So this is my last post (for now) about the creative rut.

A list of 15 things I learned:

  1. Always support and encourage yourself

  2. Don’t worry when you feel negative. It’s fine.

  3. Surround yourself with supportive people

  4. Expose only what’s necessary

  5. Periods of inactivity are necessary for the creative process

  6. Failure is part of your development as an artist. Without failure there is no success either.

  7. You need to accept blocks as an inevitable part of your creative process they will disappear if you do.

  8. You don’t need to be original. your style will make the difference

  9. Show up. Be there so inspiration can find yoU

  10. Find a collaborator to bounce ideas off or work on a project together

  11. Do something different to disrupt the cycle: jump, dance, run

  12. Or do something different and draw with your non-dominant hand. Work with unexpected tools. Your inner critic will get confused and shut up

  13. Do what you like, then you will like what you do. And then, others will too.

  14. By the way, you should Please yourself, not others

  15. Don’t worry, the creative block will pass!

I share more lists in my wrap-up video of my ‘Art Therapy’ series. If you haven’t watched all 6 videos, start here.
And if you need a bit of extra courage, join ‘A Drawing A Day‘ in Sketchbook Skool.This Kourse, full of daily exercises, field trips and other fun inspiring videos, will help you kick off the new year with a creative habit. Don’t miss it! It starts Januay 2 and you can sign up now.
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