Each year I set a goal to draw more, and each year I get better and better at meeting this goal. Part of this goal is to spend at least fifteen minutes, six days a week, in free drawing. I also take my sketch book almost everywhere I go. I tend to fill one page in my sketch book in these 15 minutes. During this time, I practice drawing things I feel I need to improve, like spend 15 minutes drawing hands or whatever, doodling, playing with ideas that have been dancing around my head, or draw whatever comes to mind. The sketches above were drawn while I was waiting to board an airplane. To date, I have found the following benefits.
• Helps you discover your personal style
• Improves drawing ability
• Increases creativity
• Improves quality of jobs or assignments I have taken on
• Generates ideas for personal projects
• Increases enjoyment of drawing and life
• Decreases stress
This is by no means an exhaustive list of the benefits to daily practice in any creative career. I am sure there are more. If you have any, send them my way. I would love to get other’s thoughts on this subject.
I will spend more time in future weeks going over each of these benefits in more detail.