I think it’s a little sad that I haven’t drawn since Draw a Bird Day earlier this month. I think my schedule will start to ease up by the end of April, but in the meantime, I will still make an attempt to get back to drawing & posting regularly.
So with that goal in mind, here’s a reminder that even 5 minutes a day is better than nothing. I joined a coursera class called “How to Make a Comic Book”, because what better way to get me to make something like a comic than to sign up for a class & give me deadlines? Well, we’ll see if I actually finish the class, but the first assignment was to draw something in 5 minutes, so I chose to draw a quick rat from a reference photo.
I liked the fact that within 5 minutes, I had a relatively complete drawing & very little time to stop & think & be critical of it while drawing because I needed every second of that 5 minutes to finish it in time! I started this one in pencil as per usual, but I used a darker one because I didn’t think I’d get around to inking it. But I did, & then found the pencil only smudged when I tried to erase the lines (plus I ran out of time). Oh well! I think I should start trying to draw with pen only, just to force myself to accept the lines that I put down.
This drawing is a lot quicker than what I usually do, but I think that’s probably great practice. So, maybe even on my busy days, I’ll try to do at least 5 minutes, whether it’s trying to do a complete drawing like this or even just some quick gesture drawings.