Week four


SKILL BUILDING: Establishing a Habit

I know what you’re thinking: “Establishing a habit? Boring! I want to learn how to draw backgrounds, or learn about color theory, or perspective, or animation!” Well, establishing a habit is the most powerful thing you can do to improve your drawing and illustration skills.

Once you have the time reliably set aside – the learning possibilities become endless, and you can develop your skills more quickly. In the months to come, there will be lots to learn, I promise. For now, just stick with drawing every day, even if it’s only a few minutes, even if it’s only some random scribbles, or a doodle, or a sketch, even if you think your drawings look “bad,” make an effort to keep showing up.

To help yourself out, take the thing that is overwhelming you and throw it out the window. Having trouble picking colors? Draw in black and shades of gray for now. Feeling like there are too many prompts? Pick one and work on it all week. Unsure of how to use all the different Procreate features? Choose just one brush and treat it like using pencil and paper – without all the fancy digital art stuff. Feel like you don’t have time? Set a timer for 7 minutes and sketch out something basic. Not sure how to draw something? Find a free stock photo and trace over it. At this point, WHAT you create doesn’t matter; what matters is that you’re regularly creating.

Once you have the time, you can use that time to learn anything!!

 

Want some more advice to help you develop this habit? Here are 5 more tips from my blog:

January's Theme:

Food

Week 4: Meals

This week our prompts are based on popular meals! Think about the different ingredients that go into each of these foods. You could keep it simple or start working on more involved pieces with a lot of elements. Remember, it’s 1000% okay to choose just a couple of prompts so you can spend more time focusing on them, don’t feel pressured to do them all. Look back to the goal you set at the beginning of the month.

The Prompts

Week 4 | Jan 18-24

meals

Mon: pizza
Tue: sushi
Wed: taco
Thu: salad
Fri: burger & fries
Sat: soup
Sun: picnic

This piece was drawn using brushes from my Multi-Tonal Markers for Procreate.

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

This Week's Tutorials

Live Tutorial! DATE at TIME PST

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The best place to catch the live stream is on the Bardot Brush YouTube Channel. Don’t forget: You can watch or re-watch the previous livestreams on my tutorials page on Bardot Brush!

One way you could approach this week’s prompts is by drawing them as an illustrated recipe! Break it down to the food’s different ingredients, and draw each one. Check out the website They Draw & Cook for illustrated recipe and food art inspiration!

This Month's Progress Tracker

You can always download the current month’s Progress Tracker at bardotbrush.com/progress

(its a .Procreate file, so you can keep track of your progress right in Procreate!)

You’ll find instructions about how to use the Tracker at the link above. I even made you a star stamp brush for you to use! It’s my Procreate version of a gold star sticker.

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Making Art Everyday is brought to you by me, Lisa Bardot!

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.

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