I have been drawing (and posting a photo of that drawing to Instagram) every day since January 1, 2015. By my count that is 177 days in a row. I haven't missed one.
I decided to do this project on January 1, after listening to the great Crystal Moody talk about her Year of Creative Habits project on Elise Blaha Cripe's wonderful podcast, Elise Gets Crafty. I felt like this project was exactly what I needed to develop my skills and my voice and to prove to myself that I can make art.
Some days, I love this project. I have days or weeks where I like every drawing and I'm happy to post them and I feel like I'm learning and growing and everything is great. On many days, I am tired or busy and I can't think of anything to draw (this is somehow always the hardest part) and i put it off until right before bed and the photos turn out yellow and horrible and I post it and go to sleep and try to forget that it ever happened. Keeping the momentum going is hard and I'm not even halfway done (I'm so close though!). But it is turning out to be so worth it.
My skills have improved. I am drawing things that I didn't think I would. I'm learning to do that thing that art teachers and drawing books always tell you to do - draw what I see and not what I think is there. It is so cool.
I am becoming more flexible. I am drawing patterns and geometric designs and lettering; all things that I didn't think "counted" when I began this project (which really started as me drawing objects around my house). This could be considered a cop out, but I think it is more about finding my style -- making art that interests me. And it keeps the project interesting too.
Mostly though, it has been so cool to share this project with Instagram. I was really nervous to post my first drawing of my scissors. I didn't major in art in college or even take any drawing classes (in high school I took art history to get out of a studio art requirement because I thought I had no talent). I was worried that everyone would think that I was a big faker and had no right to be drawing anything. But what I found is that a lot of people I know in real life were supportive. And by putting myself out there I have met a bunch of other people with my interests who treat me like another artist. Fake it 'til you make it people, it really works.
Thanks for checking out my first blog post! I'm faking it until I make it with this too, so thanks for sticking with me until I figure it out.