For years I have struggled with letting go. To create freely, without letting my need for perfection get in the way. I always wanted the first pencil stroke of a drawing to be perfect from the start and did not understand the concept of a light sketch. If you are an artist, then you know that a light sketch is simply a guide. It is there to help you get the proportions right before you start to fully render a drawing.
My sketching ability has developed over time. However, I knew that I needed to find an exercise to not only improve my skills, but to keep my creative flow going. I decided to try drawing something every single day, even if it were the size of a matchbook. At the end of last year (2013), I purchased "One Sketch a Day", which would take me through to December 31st of this year (2014). I also decided that I would post my sketches to not only share my journey, but to hold myself accountable.
Just as planned, I began my journey on January 1st and except for a couple of days here and there, I have kept it up. Every day, I draw something. Anything. It started with a small cube, but has progressed these last few months. Each day brings new inspiration...from a geometric emblem, to the handle of a sword. Some only take me 30 minutes to complete and some several hours.
I've also benefited in that I have new followers on Instagram, as well as Facebook friends that check back daily to see what I've posted. It may appear to be self-indulgent to get as happy as I do when I open Instagram to find that I have a new follower, or to watch the number of 'likes' climb, but aren't we all looking for some sort of acknowledgement that someone is paying attention? That it's not all for nothing?
I hope that you'll follow my journey, share my ups and downs, and witness my growth throughout the year. I post to Instagram and Flickr, but if I skip a day, I promise I'll catch back up again and ask for your forgiveness in advance. Hopefully I will inspire you to do the same!