All right, so I have been toying with this idea on and off for the longest time, but there was just something inside of me that told me not to even try, because I’ll eventually get lazy and not finish it. But since it is a new year and I am planning to get a lot of my creative juices on paper (and hopefully share the experience with you), I am finally up for doing this challenge!

I have thought about planning this challenge, in case I lose some inspiration. I thought, ‘well, maybe I am going to need a prompt list, kind of like Inktober, since I don’t know if I am going to be able to keep drawing interesting things’. I searched up a bunch of prompts but none of them really sparked my creativity. It was on the night of 14th January that I thought of The Sketchbook Slam Challenge (which is another art challenge that I would like to accomplish in the future). Fearing possible failure, since I haven’t built up my drawing stamina (and yes, that is a thing), I thought of building myself up to the challenge. You gotta learn how to crawl before you start running, they say. This differs with the person, of course; some can just go do a whole 365-day challenge, whilst others try a week. In the night of January 14, I started getting excited about the prospect of a new project, all the new materials that I could buy (sketchbooks galore, yas! …no, Mia, you have enough paper and materials to do this challenge without buying unnecessary things.), all the things that I would come up with. Here’s what I plan to do:

30 Day Art Challenge

  • Main goal and, personally, the main challenge: Finish the challenge.
  • What: Free-hand, loose sketches, abstract and figurative art, poetry
  • With: Materials already at my disposal
  • Why: practice variations on one good idea, flesh out ideas instead of leaving them as sketches, learn to confidently put things on paper, even the less beautiful ones, build drawing stamina
  • When: When exams are over, downtime, moments when I find myself wasting my time away on social media
  • How: Fill at least three pages a day

I don’t really plan on waiting for a new month to pass to make it ‘official’, because: one, I already have the materials on hand, so what am I waiting for?, and two, why wait to start and bubble up with excitement for so long when you can start now? This last statement sounds contradictory to the ‘when’ in the list above, since I mentioned that I will be waiting until my exams are over, but exams are exams and I know myself all too well: when I get in my zone, I want to stay in my zone.

I plan to do a weekly update on this blog just to share the feels that I get whilst doing this challenge and you can feel with me. You can read the post, look at the drawings, comment your thoughts below, I reply, we can have a laugh or a cry or a talk, it will be a great time. So! I can’t wait to see what this project will bring, and I cannot wait to share this with you!

EDIT: During my exams, I did try and start the 30-day challenge. What I have figured out is that I am currently switching my art preference, sometimes abstract, other times figurative. Here are some of my works during the past couple of days:

I am planning to do the challenge a little bit more seriously now, since I`ve finally got some time! Hope you stop by to see new bits and bobs soon!

Fxxylxy, signing off.

I thought it would be nice to start off strong and introduce one of my favourite ladies that I`ve created so far. She was inspired by the song by Lonely Hearts Club by Marina and the Diamonds! I remember being introduced to Marina’s songs by my friends, while we were on our way to the beach. Ever since then, the song stuck to me and I just had to make an artwork

The one on the left was made in 2013, when I’ve just received my first set of watercolours (Pebeo). I remember being so proud of her.

They say that practice makes perfect, especially as an artist. I really did not believe that at first. I’ve had a pretty pessimistic view of my art for a really long time. I did not stop practicing, however, and just kept drawing. This style (since I like to draw in various styles) started evolving without me noticing. Five years passed and I thought it would be a good idea to jump back to the past and do a ‘Draw This Again’. Here’s the revamped version, made in 2018 (Van Gogh, Winsor and Newton watercolours).

I was surprised to see what an improvement I’ve made in five years. I thought I wasn’t going to improve just because I did not really take art as seriously and did it just for fun. It’s so great to be able to see your progress in the long run, because you can appreciate the work you put in even more. That seems to happen in life as well: you don’t see yourself improve day by day, since all the changes seem so little, so minuscule. You don’t see that wonky eye you draw look better and better as time progresses; you don’t notice your efforts pay off. What I’ve learned is that if you just keep doing whatever it is you are doing passionately, one of these days, you can look back and go, ‘Damn, I didn’t see that coming. What an unexpected surprise!’ There’s nowhere to go but up and I can’t wait to see how this style improves in the next five years!

Thank you so much for taking time in reading this post! I cannot wait to share some more of my artventures in the future. Until then, this is fxxylxy signing off.