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Week Three

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!


This made me realize that consuming inspiration is a skill. The more you do it, the better you get at it.

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.

January's Theme:

FOOD

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.

Monthly Project:

Make an Illustrated Recipe

It’s our first project of the year! Choose your favorite recipe (I’ll also provide some options!) and create an illustrated recipe. Get the full scoop about it below.

The Daily Prompts

January 17-23

Theme: Kitchen Staples

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!

 

Week 3 Prompts

Mon: pasta
Tues: cereal & milk
Wed: cheese
Thurs: bread
Fri: jam jar
Sat: coffee or tea
Sun: herbs

You can access each week’s prompts, with quick links to reference photos at makingarteveryday.com

This piece was drawn using my Gouache Paintbox brush set for Procreate.

Weekly Goal

If you only do one piece this week, try this:

Draw some pasta

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!

 

More Tutorials

Draw a 16-bit cup of coffee in my Pixel Art Class!

For Saturday’s prompt, “coffee or tea,” why not learn how to make Pixel art in Procreate and draw this cute pixelated mug? Making Pixel are is seriously easy and so much fun. Download my FREE Pixel Art brush set to get started!

Share and connect with other MAE artists

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!

I’m the owner of Bardot Brush, one of the leading brush makers for Procreate. If you’d like to support me, please check out my premium brush sets that inspire creativity at bardotbrush.com.

New to Making Art Everyday?

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.

Participation is free! Join thousands of participants worldwide who are making art right alongside you. 

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