Week Forty

The more you do it, the better you’ll get.

My #1 advice for improving as an artist is to practice your art form as MUCH as possible. Do things that feel hard and push yourself when you don’t want to do it. That’s what Making Art Everyday is all about! I created this project/challenge to be a year-long progression. It starts out with prompts that are on the easier side, and increases in difficulty as the year goes on, to continue to push and challenge you.

I designed the prompts to cover a wide gamut of subject matter and I urge you to try ALL of it. By the end of one year, you’ll have learned SO MUCH. Not just how to draw better, but also what subject matter appeals to you most, what didn’t speak to you, what you found more challenging (indicating areas you might need more focus and practice.)

The idea is this: follow along all year and challenge yourself to complete as many prompts as possible. All of them if you can! (It IS possible and it pays off big time — just ask @ffioneiraevans and @caitlinbetsy. Challenge yourself to always try, even if (especially if!) the subject matter doesn’t particularly interest you, or you’re not sure you have the skills to tackle it — pushing through when it’s hard is when you’ll learn and grow the most!

What to Do

  • Look back at the times when you fell off the bandwagon with your creative habit. Was it because life got in the way, or was it that you weren’t feeling inspired? Or did it seem to hard to keep up? Spending time processing WHY you didn’t continue is just as important as doing the actual work!
  • Challenge yourself to complete every prompt this week. Set aside at least 15 minutes every day to try, even if it’s just a sketch! Share your work every day and if you found that day difficult, share about that too!

October Prompts

Myths & Magic

This month we venture into the world of fantasy, magic, and legends. Check out the progress tracker below to get a sneak peek and each week’s theme this month, I think it will be fun and fantastical!

Because this subject matter comes from myths and stories, there is no “set in stone” way they need to look. It’s all up for interpretation! Play with colors, features, and more. My advice is to start with a simple form for the body and add details as you go.

Week 40 | Sept 30-Oct 6

Mythical creatures

Mon: unicorn
Tue: dragon
Wed: fairy
Thu: mermaid
Fri: wizard
Sat: troll
Sun: elf

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

Week 40 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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