A Sketchbook a Month?

30 May

Drawing: I’ve heard many times that artists should fill a sketch book a month. How do you find the inspiration to draw all the time or be creative on command?

I’d be really impressed with an artist that filled a sketchbook every month.  I fill about one a year.  The most honest answer I can give to “How do you find the inspiration to draw all the time” is that you don’t.  You just create a habit of drawing, and you draw even when you are not inspired.  When one does this, one will find that she is inspired more often.  It’s easier said than done, of course.

In response to the second question, I have a few things to say.  Firstly it is not necessary to be creative to draw.  You can copy other drawings, and you can copy photographs, and you can draw things you see in real life.  Doing this is not cheating, and it can help you develop valuable skills.  These drawings may not be ideal for exhibiting or selling, but they are useful practice.  Just like athletics or performing music, drawing requires practice.  Okay… that’s all well and good, you may be saying, but what if I want to be creative all the time?  Well, being creative is about having ideas, and the best outline for how to have ideas that I’ve seen is this.

A 5-Step Technique for Producing Ideas circa 1939

This method was laid out by an advertising man in a book that was published around 1939.  It’s still relevant today.

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