Establish a Daily Art Making Practice
Making Art Everyday, is a series of drawing prompts, tutorials, and motivation to help you overcome creative fears and establish a daily art-making practice that started in January 2019. This is especially for those of you that don’t know where to begin. I choose drawing as jumping off point, as it is fundamental to so many other art forms. And I choose the iPad as your tool, as it is extremely portable and flexible and gives you access to unlimited mediums and colors, removing the barriers of tedious setup and making a mess. This year will be about learning and establishing art as necessary in our lives. We’ll be starting with just ten minutes a day, simple achievable prompts, helpful tutorials, and then we’ll slowly build upon that throughout the year.
1. Sign up for the newsletter
If you’re new to the Making Art Everyday project, first, be sure to sign up for the newsletter so that you receive all the prompts as they are released.
2. visit makingarteveryday.com
Begin your drawing session each day by visiting the Making Art Everyday prompts page. Current prompts are posted at makingarteveryday.com every Sunday night PST. You can tap on any of the prompts to access a Google image search to utilize as reference photos.
3. Check out the Tutorials
I create relevant tutorials for the prompt themes as often as I can, and will send them in the weekly newsletters. Visit the tutorials page or the Bardot Brush blog to take a look at past videos and pick up some new tricks and tips. Subscribe to the Bardot Brush Youtube channel to be the first to know when I release a new tutorial.
3. Join the Community
I created the Facebook Group, Making Art Everyday // Bardot Brush as a space for those participating in the MAE project to connect, share work, and support each other. I hope you’ll join us!
I also created Procreate Community: Learn // Draw // Share, a group dedicated to Procreate users. Post your Procreate work, share resources, ask questions, and to give each other constructive and supportive feedback. The group has quickly grown to nearly 30,000 members and is a wealth of knowledge.
Where to begin?
Since you’re starting in the middle of the year, you can either pick up where we’re at now, or start from the beginning with the January prompts. I’ve archived every Making Art Everyday email on the Bardot Brush blog and all the past prompts of 2019 are archived here. You can find the past 2020 prompts here. If you start at the beginning, you’ll get the experience of drawing the full variety of subject matter. But by jumping in now, with the current prompts, means you get the experience of working on the same subject as the rest of the MAE community, and that aspect of peer support. Post your work to instagram with the hashtag #makingarteveryday (the hashtag is also a great way to see work of other participants!) and in the Making Art Everyday // Bardot Brush Facebook group. A happy medium might be joining in now and then going back to the old prompts at the end of the year. It’s totally up to you!
More than anything I encourage you to make your own interpretation of the prompt, and to draw in whatever way that comes to you. There is no right or wrong way to do it! Challenge yourself and have fun!
Establishing the Habit
When you’re starting out, Making Art Everyday all about establishing the habit. This is not about “I’ll draw if I have the time”, it’s about making the time a priority. And don’t worry, you can start small. Find a time that works for your life, but in the beginning, focus on doing it at the same time everyday. Maybe it’s just before work, while you eat your lunch, or in the evening when the house quiets down.
YOU DO HAVE TIME. No matter what, you have time to draw. You have 5-10 minutes. The next time you feel your fingers gravitating toward your social media feeds, grab your Apple Pencil and draw instead.
For more advice, read my article: 5 Tips to Help You Establish a Daily Drawing Habit