AAD (Art a Day): The First Week

Well, I’ve almost survived the first week of drawing a finished piece of artwork every day. It’s a fascinating project – I feel like I’m learning so much about my art and myself, even though it’s only been  a few days.

The first few were easy because it was the weekend. The real challenge came when I had to work my full time day job, dance, and then run home to finish a picture each day.

Needless to say I had some very late nights.

So here we go: the first round of my Art a Day project.

Keep in mind that art a “Day” to me doesn’t necessarily have to fall within the traditional sense. If I finished a picture after midnight (technically the start of a new day), I still count the picture as finished on the day it started (as long as I haven’t gone to bed, the day is not over yet).

Also, these are, of course, not going to be perfect. There are days where I am not going to want to draw at all, but I will anyway. I want to see what kind of things I can pull out of my brain, even when I’m not feeling creative or imaginative at all.

(Harlequin - Saturday 9/21/13. Start time: 9:30 am. End: 3:00 pm. Sharpie.)

(Harlequin – Saturday 9/21/13. Start time: 9:30 am. End: 3:00 pm. Sharpie.)

(Fairy. Saturday 9/21/13. Start- 5:00 pm. End- 8:16 pm. Colored Pencil.)

(Fairy. Saturday 9/21/13. Start- 5:00 pm. End- 8:16 pm. Colored Pencil.)

(Flower Children. Sunday 9/22/13. Start- 11:12 am. End- 6:15 pm. Colored Pencil and Sharpie.)

(Flower Children. Sunday 9/22/13. Start- 11:12 am. End- 6:15 pm. Colored Pencil and Sharpie.)

(Sunflowers. Monday 9/23/13. Start- 8:10 pm. End- 11:45 pm. Colored Pencil and Sharpie.)

(Sunflowers. Monday 9/23/13. Start- 8:10 pm. End- 11:45 pm. Colored Pencil and Sharpie.)

(Art Deco Peacock. Tuesday 9/25/13. Start 9:12 pm. End- 12:49 am. Colored Pencil and Sharpie. Thanks to  Chiara for the idea!)

(Art Deco Peacock. Tuesday 9/24/13. Start 9:12 pm. End- 12:49 am. Colored Pencil and Sharpie. Thanks to Chiara for the idea!)

(La Llorona. Wednesday 9/26/13. Start- 8:12 pm. End- 12:46 am. Colored Pencil and Sharpie. Thanks to Pepe for the idea!)

(La Llorona. Wednesday 9/25/13. Start- 8:12 pm. End- 12:46 am. Colored Pencil and Sharpie. Thanks to Pepe for the idea!)

(Harvest Moon. Thursday 9/26/13. Start- 5:30 pm. End- 7:11 pm. Colored Pencil and Sharpie. Thanks to Janice for the Harvest Moon idea!)

(Harvest Moon. Thursday 9/26/13. Start- 5:30 pm. End- 7:11 pm. Colored Pencil and Sharpie. Thanks to Janice for the Harvest Moon idea!)

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A Little Experiment…

A friend of mine started a project a while ago, where she drew a picture every day and then posted her pictures on her facebook page.

I want to do the same. So, for the next year, I will be drawing one or more pictures a day. Some may be small, others may be large. Some are going to turn out really bad and others good.

I’m not necessarily concerned with the overall quality of my artwork, rather what I can produce over a years time to measure my growth. It’s sort of a study of creativity- how creative can a person be when forced to produce something each day, rather than letting inspiration come at random.

I don’t usually draw everyday. But I want to take a writer’s approach. I’ve read that a lot of writers journal, free write, or do some form of writing exercise to keep on top of their skill and to practice. That’s what this project will be-practice.

But I’ll probably need some help. I’m not sure how much imagination one person can have. In fact, seeing as how almost none of my artwork is completely from my own brain (usually it’s inspired by other people or art), I’ll probably be looking for suggestions on what to draw. Feel free to give me suggestions as the year goes on.

This blog will hold me accountable. Each week I’ll post the seven drawings. The rule I’m setting is that they must be finished and signed (although, like I said, I may not find them particularly good). I’ll also post the date that they were finished and how long it took to finish them.

The project starts today (9/21/2013). Next Saturday will be the first seven. Wish me luck! (And if you are a fellow artist and want to join in on the project, please do. It’ll be very interesting I think.)