The beginning of my first Art Every Day project back in 2016 was difficult, mainly because I had a hard time coming up with something to draw! I really struggled to find inspiration. But I kept at it. The commitment to create something every day made me stop second-guessing and just draw SOMETHING — anything — with whatever little inspiration I could find. After a couple of months, an interesting thing happened. It felt as if I had been somehow awakened and I started finding inspiration everywhere. So much so that I had to start keeping a notebook of ideas!
Cultivating your muse-o-meter can start small. When you see something that piques your interest, take a moment to analyze WHY it did. Was it the colors? The shapes? The concept? Nostalgia? The more you do this, the more you will notice those qualities in other things you come across.
When you develop an art-making habit, you are not only getting better at drawing, you become more adept at collecting inspiration and generating ideas. It may be difficult at first, but keep at it! Over time, you are growing more skills than you realize.
About this month’s theme: I always kick off MAE with food as our first theme of the year! When you’re getting into the habit of drawing, it’s a great way to start. Food is universal and instantly recognizable. Whether you wish to draw something simple or detailed, there is a lot of room to get creative.
Our food prompts this week feature some of the things you’d find in most kitchens – in fact, go check your cupboards for real-life references! Some of these prompts also give you the opportunity to explore the world of food packaging: start by drawing a box, bag, or jar, and create a layout with lettering and imagery. And if you’re making an illustrated recipe this month, sub out some of these staples for the ingredients of your choice!
Not gonna lie, pasta is my favorite food. And it’s also fun to draw! This quick tutorial is an oldie but a goodie. I’ll take you from subject matter research and initial sketch to drawing final artwork and adding texture for an authentic vintage look. Learn to make some midcentury-style food art!
We’ve got a Facebook group just for participants of Making Art Everyday and all things Bardot Brush! Come join our group of supportive artists of all skill levels, share your work, ask questions, and be a part of the community!
Making Art Everyday is a series of daily, weekly, and monthly prompts and challenges to help you overcome creative fears and develop your art-making practice. Every month, we will feature a new theme that will allow you to hone a set of skills, practice drawing something specific, or complete a project.