Today I posted a drawing that was number 3651 in a series of daily drawings that I started on 4th August 2012. Here’s drawing number one in the series, a dead tree.
You can see from the labelling that I had planned to make a daily drawing for one year, but a few months in I realised that drawing had become part of my daily routine and I would be unlikely to stop when I reached the one year milestone.
As always this milestone has come and gone without any real occasion as they always creep up on me. Today I posted a drawing that will, I hope, lead to a collagraph print.
Last night when I realised what day it would be the next day I checked the numbering and had to make some corrections from January onwards when I discovered I’d skipped ahead by 10 one day and 2 another day.
Making a drawing every day has led me to seek out other people who draw and make art to learn from and make art with including Urbansketchers. I first took part in urbansketching on 2nd August 2014 in London and as time went on urbansketching become a large part of my drawing practice – the drawing I posted yesterday was made with Urbansketchers Northampton.
During this period I’ve also taken part in the Sketchbook Circle and this has also supported and inspired me by introducing me to my sketchbook partners, collaborative working and new friends. Over time my exploration of digital tools in art has developed. This was often part of my job but also part of my personal approach to art. This year for the first time my participation in the sketchbook circle is in the digital version.
I’ve also enjoyed sharing drawing and drawing ideas on social media. When I started I was posting to this blog and over the years this extended to my artist Facebook page, my Twitter account and latest of all my Instagram account. Taking part in #drawingaugust on Twitter was great because it meant that I had lots of company and inspiration for others for a month. I’ve also enjoyed coming across others who are making a drawing every day for a defined period or indefinitely.
I’m not going to stop yet – although the big dilemma is when will I stop?