Week Thirty-Two

Over the past month I’ve talked a lot about taking breaks when things get too overwhelming, and the importance of taking care of yourself. But how do you dive back in once you’re feeling more rested?

With many things you set out to do, the hardest part is getting started. After you’ve taken a break in the middle of a project, sometimes it can feel like you’re back at the start, trying to muster up the motivation to begin. For me, it helps to start with something small and fun. Choosing a part of the process you really enjoy might be enough to have you diving back in.

I’ve been struggling to finish my People Skill tutorial series, and still feeling soooo very tired. A couple days ago I rested, watching movies for most of the day, and in the afternoon I dove back into something I’ve been missing dearly: brush making for Procreate! I spent the last half of the day painting textures and scanning paper and playing around around with them in Procreate, just having fun and enjoying myself.

What to Do

  • If you find yourself needing to take a break from making art everyday, first of all…don’t feel bad! We all need a rest or a change sometimes.
  • When you’re ready to begin again, go through the prompts you missed and pick one that seems fun to you. Or draw your own idea! This might be something you’ve drawn in the past that you really enjoyed, or something you’ve been itching to draw!
  • If you make art with physical media, give yourself a bit of time to break out the paints and pencils and simply make some marks on paper. It can be very creatively invigorating! I did this the other day and it was so fun!

August Prompts

Buildings

This week is all about houses! You’ll be exploring some residential architectural styles. For each of these styles, there are some unique defining characteristics of each. Things to pay attention to: the shape of the house and slope of the roof, the type of siding, building materials, window shape and placement, and additional details like shutters, ornamental decorations, even color! This week, I made you Pinterest Boards with loads of houses iconic of each style. Look through the reference photos and determine the characteristics. For example, mid-century modern homes are wide and flat, with either flat or asymmetrical roof lines, stone and wood siding, big windows, and pops of bright colors. Don’t make it too hard for yourself: it might be better to stick to drawing a small house than a huge mansion. Feel free to add some plants, trees and accessories if you wish. Then we’ll finish off the week by digging into your memory to draw your childhood home!

Here is a really great video I came across that describe the characteristics of some of these house styles. 

Week 32 | Aug 5-11

House Styles

Mon: tudor
Tue: cape cod
Wed: mid-century modern
Thu: victorian
Fri: mediterranean
Sat: art deco
Sun: your childhood home!

You can access each week’s prompts at makingarteveryday.com

Week 32 progress Tracker

Track your Making Art Everyday progress! See at-a-glance all you’ve accomplished, and reflect on the work you’ve done at the end of the week. Visit bardotbrush.com/progress to download the monthly tracker and weekly reflection sheet. There are also instructions about how to use them.

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