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[2012 Resolution Thread] Draw Every Day!

NibCromNibCrom Registered User regular
edited January 2013 in Artist's Corner
So how do you become a better artist? Practice! And that means drawing every day, no matter what.

A sketch, a doodle, a full-blown painting — it doesn't matter! Just draw something!

Sign up by making a post stating that you want to participate. Feel free to also list any art-related goals you have for the year (draw hands better, learn perspective, study color theory…).

Participants (in order of appearance):
MuddyParasol
"My goal is to stick with it no matter what life throws my way."

square
"My goals: learn proper basic anatomy and some digital painting."

skyturtle
"goal: draw from life practice"

XAL
"Goals:
-Fill all the empty sketchbooks I own.
-To not be a coward when it comes to value (darker darks, etc).
-Master copies.
-Produce more finished work.
-Learn how to use that damn tablet finally."

egaku
"Goals more specifically:
- drawing people, faces, anatomy in general
- digital painting
- colors (how do they work)
- hopefully make something interesting"

Roman
"Goals: Color, Better digital painting. Finish 100 full figure studies."

F87
"Goal: Post 7 drawings in this thread every Saturday."

akanekun
"Goals: Finish more pieces, learn more painting, revamp portfolio"

hadoken
"Goal: -Enjoy myself drawing stuff with pen.
-Draw recognizable real world objects (starting with dolls and teddybears)
-Also fix my scanner.
-play less Dota and draw instead."

Killatron008
"Goals:
-Sketch more frequently
-Gain a better grasp on natural anatomy
-Adjust to using drawing software other than Photoshop from time to time"

SaintElmosWire
"Goals:
-Work on concept artish style character and level sketches
-Get better at integrating illustrator and Photoshop
-Draw more!"

Golem
"My goals are to grow as an artist, I have a story I want to tell and I want my art to reach a level that I can tell that story and have people enjoy it. I want to increase the artistic styles I have available to me, as such I want to practice real life drawings, Penny Arcade Style Drawings, Bill Watterson Style (ie Calvin and Hobbes Style Drawings) and Beserk (ie gritty manga style)

Avraham
"I'll sign up to post sketches and doodles. I can be impatient and lazy to get to that perfection of practiced skill, so I want to make myself draw every day!"

Smof
"Ok. I guess my goal is just to learn to draw. Used to do it loads but gave up 5 years ago and now want to get back into it in a serious way. I feel like a lot of what I draw is flat and stiff so I primarily want to work on making solid looking forms with movement. Also better line work, learning to shade and learning anatomy. I think that'll do to start. "

Deko
"Goals:
-Actually fill all the pages of my sketchbook (a feat I have not yet accomplished despite having owned dozens of sketchbooks)
-Develop a better working habit and draw every day
-Complete 15-20 full-color digital illustrations for my portfolio
-Get enough practice in before I begin work on my comic book"

Rules
  • You are to submit one drawing per each day this year, starting… now! It can be as big or as small as you want, in any medium, any style. For photographers, one picture. It must not be something you already made. It shouldn't be something you did for school or work, it should be a drawing you made to help you reach the goals you set out to reach in this thread. (but if it doesn't pertain specifically to one of your goals, it still counts.)
  • Do not submit your drawings each day. Saturday is the last day of the week, Make a post and dump all 7 drawings from that week into a post. Don't spoiler it.
  • For the sake of sanity while loading this thread, keep the file size as small as you can (400x600 works pretty well), you can always link to the super-huge-sized original.
  • You're invited, but not required, to include any reasonable commentary with your Saturday art post, AND for those who do post on Saturday, you're allowed one (1) feedback post on the following non-art weekdays (yes, that's Sunday through Friday). This isn't a thread for crits and advice, but it's all good fun to high-five after a job well done.

What if I fail?
First, stop thinking like that!
Second, your art can be as easy or difficult as you like. If a week is particularly hectic, ship in a bunch of stick figures and keep your resolution alive. Remember, quality does not matter, just do your best with the time you have.

Third, we can't legally admit to looking over your shoulder every hour of every day. If you don't do anything all week, then create all 7 art pieces on Saturday, no one is going to call you on it. Except your conscience.

And if you do turn into a Faily McFailington, you can always come back next week and try again. Just don't say you're going to "make it up later." You can't. When you miss a week, you miss a week.


What About Crits?
This is not a good place to discuss a particular piece of work at length.
If you would like criticism and feedback, it's best to create your very own personalized thread and link to it on your Saturday post.
Although criticism is very important to improving, the focus here is on motivating you to be an artist each and every single day of 2012.

But... but... I Don't Know What to Draw!
Beavotron's advice:
Spoiler:

Slacktron's advice:
Spoiler:

Nibcrom's advice:
Spoiler:

Like last year, I will be drawing every day, but I will not be taking the time to scan them and post them in this thread due to some upcoming responsibilities.

Previous threads:
2011 Resolution Thread
2010 Resolution Thread

Some text stolen from Beavotron and Slacktron.

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  • MuddyParasolMuddyParasol Registered User regular
    I'll have another go at it. Sign me up.

    My goal is to stick with it no matter what life throws my way.

  • squaresquare Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    I'm in! My goals: learn proper basic anatomy and some digital painting.

    square on
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  • skyturtleskyturtle Registered User regular
    sign me up. goal: draw from life practice

  • XALXAL Registered User regular
    I need a kick in the ass, if it's not too late I'm in.

    Goals:
    -Fill all the empty sketchbooks I own.
    -To not be a coward when it comes to value (darker darks, etc).
    -Master copies.
    -Produce more finished work.
    -Learn how to use that damn tablet finally.

  • egakuegaku Registered User regular
    I'd like to try. Finally spend time practicing drawing.

    Goals more specifically:
    - drawing people, faces, anatomy in general
    - digital painting
    - colors (how do they work)
    - hopefully make something interesting

  • NibCromNibCrom Registered User regular
    Thanks, Bacon!

    OP has been updated. If you guys haven't started drawing yet, start today!

    Sign ups are still open.

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  • RomanRoman Registered User regular
    Goals: Color, Better digital painting. Finish 100 full figure studies.

  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    Let's try this again, 2012 woooo!!

    Goal: Post 7 drawings in this thread every Saturday.

    F87 on
  • akanekunakanekun Registered User regular
    Goals: Finish more pieces, learn more painting, revamp portfolio

  • hadokenhadoken Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    Goal: -Enjoy myself drawing stuff with pen.
    -Draw recognizable real world objects (starting with dolls and teddybears)
    -Also fix my scanner.

    I'll try to scan a drawing of Simba on sunday if I fix the scanner, this will be fun :).

    -edit- I forgot, play less Dota and draw instead.

    hadoken on
  • Killatron008Killatron008 Registered User
    I'm new here, but this sounds like just the kind of kick in the butt I need to sketch and draw more often!

    Goals:
    -Sketch more frequently
    -Gain a better grasp on natural anatomy
    -Adjust to using drawing software other than Photoshop from time to time

  • squaresquare Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    It's Saturday already?

    9th January

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    10th January

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    11th January

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    12th January

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    13th January

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    (First sketch with my new tablet)

    14th January

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    square on
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  • NibCromNibCrom Registered User regular
    Nice job, Square.

    Get to posting, people!

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  • Killatron008Killatron008 Registered User
    Well, I got some drawings in for the end of the week at least. Lots of experimenting with OpenCanvas. Would've done something in Gimpshop too, but it stopped working for some reason.

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    Random guy in a chair.

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    Just some loose sketching.

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    I love drawing eyes, they're what I draw when I can't think of something.

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    A character sketch for a friend's comic.

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    Experimenting with the watercolors in OC.

  • skyturtleskyturtle Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
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    I think my draw from life will be all hands and my dog.
    And tile art for a game I am making.
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  • MuddyParasolMuddyParasol Registered User regular
    edited January 2012

    Sun
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    Mon
    Lots and lots of gestures
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    Tues
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    Wed
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    Thur
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    Fri
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    Sat
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    MuddyParasol on
  • egakuegaku Registered User regular
    Trying to work on proportion and making more confident lines.
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    1.10
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    1.11
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    1.12
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    1.13
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    1.14
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  • RomanRoman Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    Couldn't get to the internet yesterday.
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    Roman on
  • hadokenhadoken Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    Ah shit, I'll try to scan my stuff now but if that doesn't work I'll resort to describing what I'm doing.

    -Edit-

    Screw, Canon.

    I started on
    Wednesday - Drawing of a young Simba plushie
    Thursday- Trying out anatomy drawings using only sphere shapes
    Friday- Drew a set of bridgman hands
    Saturday- Lots of Contour drawings as suggested by Nicolaides
    Sunday (today) - Did both a countour drawing and then tried spherical thingy on a naked lady.

    Sorry that I can't scan at the moment, but this idea is working at least :).

    hadoken on
  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    Better late than never, right?

    I'm going to be throwing each day's drawing into one image. The last one this week was actually a texture/color experiment that I made into the background. :) I may do that each week!

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    F87 on
  • NibCromNibCrom Registered User regular
    Nicely done, guys. Don't forget to post your next set tomorrow!

    It's not too late to sign up either. This thread is all about forming good drawing habits and improving your work!

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  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    Week 2! These backgrounds are so much fun to mess with! I did get pretty lazy the last couple of days though.

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  • akanekunakanekun Registered User regular
    week 2 - need to ramp up to more painting after work (missed posting week 1 since I forgot to take pics):

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  • squaresquare Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    I can't remember the days but these are my sketches for the week:

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    doodle_a_day_january_from_the_17th_to_21th_by_squar3x-d4n52rl.jpg

    square on
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  • skyturtleskyturtle Registered User regular
  • MuddyParasolMuddyParasol Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    Sun
    I tried several self portraits without looking at the paper. This was my best attempt.
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    Mon
    Lots of gestures.
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    Tues
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    Wed
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    Thur
    Ref a knight statue on my bookshelf.
    The pose leaves a lot to be desired.
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    Fri
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    Sat
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  • hadokenhadoken Registered User regular
    I don't have a working scanner availble at all, but here is my attempt.

    Did more blind contour drawings and then i booted up my old megaman X games and tried drawing the sprite art.

    Missed the last three days due to a lan party.

  • RomanRoman Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    Need to stop missing Saturdays.
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    Sillohuette-1.jpg

    Roman on
  • skyturtleskyturtle Registered User regular
    it is almost still saturday where i am
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  • MuddyParasolMuddyParasol Registered User regular
    Sun
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    Mon
    Monday seems to be working out as a good day to do gesture drawings
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    Tues
    I've made a goal of practicing 100 hand drawings. This is number 1/100. Might as well start with the bones I figure.
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    Wed
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    Some doodles for a card to a sick friend.
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    Thur
    Didn't have much time Thursday.
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    Fri
    I did gesture after gesture of hands.
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    My attempt at figuring out the dimensions of my hand
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    Sat
    It was suggested that I do some tracings of hands to get a better feel for the construction.
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  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    Forgot to post this yesterday:

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  • squaresquare Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
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    square on
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  • RomanRoman Registered User regular
  • hadokenhadoken Registered User regular
    I drew three days of the week on my mates Ipad with sketchbook pro. It's really cool.

    Will be going more serious this week. :)

  • SaintElmosWireSaintElmosWire Registered User
    New here but I like the look of this already...

    Goals:
    -Work on concept artish style character and level sketches
    -Get better at integrating illustrator and Photoshop
    -Draw more!

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  • SaintElmosWireSaintElmosWire Registered User
    Don't have much time today so just a quick desert scene

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  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    This week was weak.

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  • SaintElmosWireSaintElmosWire Registered User
    The rest of the week's

    A old corridor and a crappy batman since I'm playing Arkam City :D

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  • MuddyParasolMuddyParasol Registered User regular
    This has been a bad week, mostly nothing more than doodles, but Friday and Saturday I've gotten a chance to really sit down and focus on my studies.

    Currently at 37/100 hand drawings

    Sun
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    Mon
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    Tues
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    Wed
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    Thur
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    Fri
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    Sat
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    Now back to drawing...

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