Thanks to everyone who commented on yesterday’s post about pushing oneself for a challenge (EDiM in particular). Some really great responses and thoughts in the comment section – I encourage you to go and check it out and even add your thoughts to the discussion. Great discussion on facebook too!
As is often the case when I take the ‘pressure’ off (yesterday I was more or less admitting that I had stopped) I got a new lease of energy and have done another few sketches from the list and somehow found the motivation to scan the ones that I have already done.
Why did I want to do the EDiM challenge? What was the thing I wanted to get out of it?
It was a spur of the moment idea to join in and my main motivation was to tell more people about it and to join in the fun myself – I rarely get the chance to participate in things like this. However I knew at the onset that it was going to be hard – I normally get bored with object sketching and find hard to motivate myself when it is random and not significant to me…and really I had a lot of other projects that I am working on at the moment (such as getting Foundations ready for re-offer and a new SketchingNow course).
But I think the major reason for doing it is the fact that I often find it hard to find inspiration at home – I want to play with my paints or my pens but what should be my subject? The EDiM list (and the full EveryDay Matters list started by Danny Gregory) is a great way for you to see how much there is to draw.
The BIG challenge for me is how to make a meaningful sketch on each day that records my life… but you know what I have just discovered – the fact that I sketch anything makes it meaningful and if I simply add a few notes on the side, I will have recorded my day. This morning I pulled a random sketchbook off my shelf and flicked through the pages. SO much of my life came flooding back as I turned the pages, even though what I had sketched on some days were not a perfect ‘capture’ of the day.
They are very casual pages – I am not trying to make stunning images but just trying to keep my hand moving and that paintbrush stroking! (All sketched from life except for the panoramic scene which was from a photo.) Scanning and posting these has been a good reminder to me, that when you work in a sketchbook it is not the individual image that is important, but the narrative you are creating. It is also a reminder of why I love blogging so much as it gives me the chance to share this sequence of images with you so you see the collection rather than just a single sketch.
As you can see I do not need a challenge to sketch (every)day!
Follow up post:
Why Bother Part 2: When you don’t have the time——————-