The Value of Daily Drawing

You would think, at this point, that I would be sure that I know how to draw reasonably well. But it's a funny thing, that. If I go too long without drawing, I start to wonder, "do I even know how to do this?" And then if I have a crappy drawing day, as any artist does periodically, it carries a lot more weight: "Aaaauuuughhhh, I totally don't know how to do this anymore! What made me think I could do this? Clearly I can't do this AT ALL!"

So I aim to draw every day, and I do everything I can to make sure that's at least 5 days a week, bottom line. If I do this every day, I will remember that it is a thing I can do. If I do this every day, I can silence the nasty critic on the bad days and push through, because the good days are still fresh in my mind. If I do this every day, I can feel that a day isn't a complete loss even if it's otherwise tanked by doctor's appointments or other obligations. I can feel like I'm putting myself first by claiming this one joy as non-negotiable. And if I do this every day, I can see myself getting better at it. 

Most days, I have more formal projects I'm working on, but some days, like the day I did this, I just doodle. This one was done with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (my favorite!) on heavy mixed-media paper

I thought some of you might enjoy coloring this one in! And also that it would make a cute greeting card - so I created a PDF for a 5"x7" card that you can print, color, and cut out. Folks in the $5 tier can download it here.


- Akire 

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[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A traditional media line drawing done with a black brushpen on white mixed-media paper. An elaborate blossom fills most of the left side of the image, with a stem and two leaves to the right. On one of the leaves, a small ladybug watches an ant and a smiling caterpillar interact up on top of the blossom. There is a simple black border around the image, and it is signed by the artist Akire Bubar in the bottom right corner.]