Daily Drawing: January 2018 Review

Happy (belated) New Year!

There hasn’t been that much update from me, but hopefully this new project will change that.

For 2018, I decided to take on a 365 day challenge by drawing daily for the entire year. Initially, I was apprehensive about my ability to complete such a challenge due to the required time commitment, but I am finding it’s becoming easier to draw and remain consistent as time goes on. I have, admittedly, had days where I’ve skipped and then drew double the following day. Still, it’s overall do-able for me. Plus I’m enjoying the challenge.

Here’s the 1st month’s progress so far!

The goals for this daily challenge are to:

  1. improve my drawing/painting skills through regular practice
  2. create a habit of drawing/creating daily

However, from the 1st month alone, I’ve realized that there is 1 major factor that constrains me, which is time. These sketches were intended to take at max 30 minutes each, but as the drawings became more complex (because those were the areas I wanted to improve), the time increased to 1 hour, sometimes over 2 hours, depending if I got “in the zone” or not.

I work full time, so the amount of time I have to dedicate to creative projects is sorely limited. So while I worked on daily sketches, my larger projects were being ignored and left incomplete.

So… I think I’m going to change things up for next month. Instead of 1 complete drawing per day, I just work on what I have going that day, then post the progress made in that time period. I mean, drawings complete in a single day will still happen, just this method will give me a change to work on those larger projects instead of having to put them off for an entire year.

Anyways, onwards to February!

Author: Ting Chen

Artist and Author. Owner of TingChen.net

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