When you want to improve your art and get used to practising daily, a daily drawing challenge is a great thing to help you get started.
I tried to do one last year, and when May came around, I had given up. I had tried to work with prompts and picking them really annoyed me, I had foolishly decided to draw realistic portraits in May, which is WAY too much for a daily challenge, and my energy to do anything at all was at an all-time low.
Then a lovely friend proposed to do daily prompts for this year for me, and I found myself agreeing to have another go. This post chronicles my January drawings; the overall prompt theme was "winter".
Like a lot of people, I am a very lazy person at heart.
The types of practice in the last post - creating projects for yourself and learning "passively" through continously making art - are very appealing to me. They require me to do something I like doing, and to keep doing it. At most, I needed to impose a schedule on my art, but as long as I give myself a bit of wriggle room, I am okay with that.
This post however does not go well with my previous relaxed approach. It talks about things that require forcing myself to sit down and study, repeating exercises countless times, improving through gaining knowledge and applying said knowledge over and over again. It is tedious, it takes a lot of time, and it might not always be a lot of fun. But it is necessary, and I will make myself do it, because I know that the end goal will be worth it.