I spend most of my work time on my laptop, and (let’s be honest), a lot of my personal time too. Writing is my game. But I’ve also always wanted—and needed—another go-to thing.
Being stuck in front of the screen all the time taps me out. At various times, I’ve been obsessed with gardening, and cardmaking. I’ve tackled crochet (with minimal success) and lately watercolor painting.
Basically, I want to make something every day. So, when I stumbled accross this course Drawing the Everyday Every Day with Kate Bingaman-Burt on CreativeLive, I thought this could be what I’ve been searching for. It’s not a long course, only 11 lessons all under 6 to 8 minutes each, but it’s a gem.
If you’ve never taken a drawing class, or if you’re drawing talents lie more in the realm of doodling, then you’ll love this class. I’m a big fan of Austin Kleon so this idea of a daily art project really appealed to me.
In Drawing the Everyday, Bingaman-Burt gives you the confidence to make drawing a part of your daily process, whatever that might be. She shows you how and where to find inspiration, explains the basic tools you need to get started, and demos a 20 minute drawing session.
Her style is simple, whimsical line art, with no sketching or erasing. Just straight pen to paper. After taking the course, you should have more than enough ideas to get started.
I’ve got a couple of notebooks going now, and I’ve done drawings of craft beer, glasses, contents of my purse, books, and a granola bar, among other things. While it was hard at first to live with the mistakes (and not crossing out to start over), I look forward to drawing in my notebook now.
Rules for drawing every day
From the course, here are some rules for drawing every day:
1. Draw what you see around you: on your desk, in your purse, your books, receipts, garbage, things you buy, things you throw away, what you eat for lunch.
2. Use a good quality pen and paper, like Faber-Castel PITT artist pen, and smooth, mixed media paper in a good weight. Bingaman-Burt likes Moleskine notebooks.
3. Don’t erase or aim for perfection. Embrace spelling mistakes and mistakes in general.
4. Draw all the type. Words can be images too. Don’t be afraid to break words in funny places.
5. Add your own comments or captions or labels. Tell a story.
6. Drawings don’t have to be exact or accurate representations. Leave things out, add things in.
7. Draw for 20 to 30 minutes. Draw quickly.
8. Draw every day. Forget Facebook at lunch. Take 20 minutes and do a drawing instead.
9. Date your drawings.
10. Use square notebooks if you plan on scanning your work for posting to Instagram.
11. Look for themes in your drawings and make collections: your books, your food, your houseplants, your makeup.
If you draw everyday, what do you draw?
PS: Drawing the Everyday is an online class available at CreativeLive. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.