Well, I did say I wasn't sure if it was a good idea and at least now I know for sure - it wasn't. At least, not for me. I could certainly write a post a day. Yesterday's would be all about my migraines and it's quite likely that in November there would be a few more. Bit grim, I think you'll agree! The main reason though is that although doing a sketch a day is a great idea and something I can easily manage, posting a sketch a day on a blog means I put pressure on myself to post something worth looking at.
Generally speaking, I do three types of drawing. Very quick sketches that snatch a moment outdoors. Like this one above - I was sitting on the tram and this toddler was staring at me almost the whole time! I worry, when I get my eyes tested, whether I have answered all the questions right and got the correct prescription. So, I wondered, looking at this child, how do you get the correct prescription for such a young child, barely more than a baby?
Another snatched moment, this time to capture that nasty fan heater on the older trams. Great if you are frozen to the bone but on a milder day you don't want to sit opposite this thing or have any frozen food in your bags!
The second type of drawing I do are the slightly longer more detailed drawings for the EDM challenges. They make me think about the things around the house, things in my life that affect me, trips I've been on, family mementos etc. They are both relaxing and fun to do but quick enough to fill the sketchbooks and not to get bored. The sketches open your eyes to the world outside your door and the challenges to your own life and how unique that is.
Then there are the portraits and the cat drawings. These may not differ too much from the EDM challenges in terms of quality but the process is much slower. But it's that process and the reflection that is most important to me. I've had my drawings described a couple of times as 'contemplative' and I feel that is very apt. These are the ones that are most reflect who I am.
There are three different speeds, three different mindsets. These days I read a lot about not fussing over details, loosening up, keeping a sketchbook with you at all times. But in reality one size does not fit all. Sketching can have many purposes and some sketches, like these two above, are not really for show, they are simply moments that interested me. Some of my tram sketches are nothing more than a couple of lines but they trigger a memory of a moment or a person. I feel that artists need to do very basic sketches like this and not worry about making them pretty, adding lovely lettering, putting them on show, making them worthy. I was worrying about my sketches, tidying them up, making them presentable and that is not really why I do them. That in turn takes away the time I need to get into the right frame of mind for my other drawings. Ironic, I feel, that some people imply that drawings like mine are all about the end product (just because they are 'finished') when in fact it is the process that is so important to me.
So, it was a worthwhile experiment, but now it is time to change down a gear again and tootle along at my own speed!