I wish I made more time for drawing or painting. It’s something I like doing once I get into it, but half of the time I’m discouraged before I even begin. Having to take a drawing class at school helped break me out of that “You suck, don’t even try” mentality, but every so often it likes to bother me again. No, I don’t “suck” but I have lots to learn. And that vast space of things-left-to-learn (neverending, really) can be really intimidating.
A while back I realized I was tired of not doing anything about that and decided to start pushing myself more. That whole… practice makes perfect thing, you know? I set up some rules: One drawing every day. Don’t spend forever on it. Any medium, any style. FINISH it, even if it’s bad in the end.
I figured that if I kept that up for a month, I would begin to see my drawing skills improve. I chose horses as my subject (surprise!) to rid me of the “whatamIgonnadraw” problem.
It started off ok. My first was a grey Arab, drawn mostly in chalk and Conté crayons.
Next day, a graphite portrait, but facing the other direction.
Then I thought I would be brave and try drawing the entire body of a horse…
A zebra managed to make it into the mix…
… but then school got in the way. I lost my focus on the 30 horses, but I did continue working on other drawings, most of which are still… unfinished. (sigh)
Perhaps the project WAS biting off more than I could chew. However, it was nice to spend and hour or so completely focused on nothing but drawing. In a way it was relaxing.
I kind of want to try it again.
14 thoughts on “30 Horses”
You are GOOD! I would continue with the “30” project. You really do have talent for drawing and I absolutely love your props and saddles nd halters. You have a real gift as a miniaturist!
Thank you so much! 🙂
Drawing has always been one of my favorites, but like you, school is in the way! I think this is a really awesome idea to keep drawing more often – I hope you don’t mind if I steal it!
Oh not at all, go right ahead!
I always have had a love for drawing but I tend to get stuck with artblock for long periods of time with only short active drawing periods, really like that 30 horse concept, I think I’m gonna try it the nest time I get an artblock. 🙂
Definitely give it a try! It was fun before I got all distracted, haha. I wanted to choose different subjects for another challenge too, like different animals or people. Maybe someday. XD
i say give it another shot! if the 30 horses concept doesn’t work, maybe once a week will? like, saturday sketches, or something like that?
I like that idea! Once a week might be more manageable than every day… hmm…
Really like the idea, voting for Emmas suggestion as a compromise! 🙂
Loved the first drawing with darker background and the grey arab, it is lovely!
Sometimes it is better to convey a feeling than something that is “perfect”!
Thank you! And yes, I agree. 🙂
OOoh, those are great! You should definitely keep it up!
You are one of the best drawers ever! Anytime I draw a horse it looks like… Let’s just say i practically burn all of my drawings!
:O Those are amazing!