The received wisdom is that practice makes perfect. By doing something repeatedly you should get better, so 2018 is my year to see if I can actually become better at...drawing. By allotting 10 minutes each day and limiting the media and subject I want to see if I can improve - I don't think I'll become a fine art master, that's not my plan, what I hope to achieve is becoming more skilled at looking and recording.
I figure that 10 minutes is a manageable time scale that can be slotted into a busy life, just enough time to make some marks but not too long to become onerous. So, who fancies joining me on this year long adventure ?
I also want to keep equipment to a minimum so here's what I'm going to start off using:
- small sketchbook with good quality paper (later in the year I may wish to use pen and ink/ water colour - my project so my rules!)
- 3 pencils - HB, 2B & 6B
- a Sharpie marker
- a fine line art pen - various nib sizes
- a Biro
- a graphite stick
- an eraser
- a scalpel for sharpening my pencils (you get a more interesting edge that way)
The last thing I need to do it set myself an appropriately timed reminder on my phone calendar - a gentle reminder to stop what ever madness I am doing and take 10 minutes to draw. Yes, I think I'm going to enjoy that!
On Instagram I'll be using the tag #10minutedrawingproject, so if you feel inspired to join in don't forget to use it - I'd love to see you there! I'll also post regular updates here on the blog and on our Facebook page as well.
Wishing you a very Happy and creative New Year!
Hazel & Terry