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Live More Creatively with a Daily Drawing Habit
How you can build your drawing habit in only a few minutes a day:
Your first month is only $1, then it’s $17 per month thereafter. You can cancel at any time.
We all know that if we want our art to improve, we need to practice our drawing regularly.
But it’s not easy. If you’ve tried, you already know that.
What usually happens is this:
- Sooner or later you run out of ideas for what to draw. You end up staring at a blank page in your sketch pad, feeling dejected.
- You might have a good couple of days but then you hit a tough day and you miss a session. Then you miss another. Before you know it, you’ve dropped your habit and lost your motivation.
- You might even start to doubt yourself, to wonder if you’re really cut out to be an artist.
I know how you feel. It’s not just you. It’s perfectly natural to struggle with this. Everybody does.
Why is sticking to a drawing habit so hard?
Here are the main four reasons I see that people struggle with:
- Trying to do too much too soon. At the beginning, when you’re full of enthusiasm, it’s easy to think you’ll be able to draw for an hour a day, or more. But it takes a lot of effort to get started on a big job like that. And it gets harder with every day.
- There’s no plan. Once the initial enthusiasm wears off, it’s really difficult to move forward when you don’t know what you’re going to draw each day.
- It’s hard to keep going without support. In the beginning, you imagine yourself happily drawing every day. It should be easy. So when showing up gets difficult (which it will at some point), when it doesn’t match up to your imagined ideal, it gets really hard to keep going – especially when you’re on your own.
- New habits take a while to get established. Scientific studies on habit formation have suggested at least 2 months, on average. Without some effective habit building techniques, you’re unlikely to get even that far.
How can you avoid these pitfalls?
When I built Creative Triggers, I set out to address all four of these barriers. Here’s how:
- We start really, really small. The first exercise that everyone does at Creative Triggers is ridiculously easy. It takes hardly any effort. That removes a big barrier to getting started every day. The more regularly you show up, the more quickly your habit gets established.
- I developed a carefully constructed practice plan – a roadmap of simple, enjoyable and effective drawing exercises to take you through your first few weeks and beyond.
- There’s a buzzing community of other aspiring artists, of all levels, who support you and help you stay motivated, even when the going is a little harder. Lot’s of Creative Triggers members say that sharing their practice with the community really helps them keep going over time.
- Enjoyable monthly drawing challenges. These more informal drawing projects are fun, effective and build real drawing skills. There’s a new one every month, so you’re never at a loss for something to work on.
I know how hard it is to get a drawing habit established and keep it going. We all do. But Creative Triggers members also know that it’s perfectly possible for anyone to do it, with the right approach.
The practice plan roadmap includes 18 exercises (and growing) with over 30 video demonstrations designed to help you develop your drawing skills.
The initial exercise is all about helping you get a regular drawing habit established. Starting small, and without any pressure, you’ll learn how to build a drawing habit into your day.
Enjoyable exercises that build real world drawing skills
There is a great emphasis on foundational design skills in Creative Triggers.
Design and Composition
A series of logically progressing design exercises will help you develop your compositional skills. Here’s an example of a video from this section of the exercises.
This example from the design skills series is part 4 of a 6 part exercise, showing how to develop subtle repeat patterns in a simple composition.
The key to bringing your paintings and drawings to life, to creating a feeling of light, depth and three dimensional form, value is one of the most important of skills to develop in order to create realistic art.
Starting simply, this series of exercises are developing into an in-depth treatment of value that will allow you to create convincing and beautiful paintings and drawings. Never struggle with value again.
Monthly Drawing Challenges
We pick a theme, and contribute drawings through the month. We’ve had design themes, a subject theme of irises, gesture drawing, blind contour drawing, drawing in cafes, mandala design and more. These are some of the most fun things we do at Creative Triggers.
All this is underpinned by the foundation of Creative Triggers – a regular drawing habit.
There’s no need for you to keep going through the endless cycle of trying to practice more, failing, and feeling demotivated.
Imagine instead where you will be after a two months of regular drawing practice. After 6 months, after a year.
How much do you think your work will have improved? How much better will you be feeling about the art you make?
Here’s what some Creative Triggers members (we call ourselves “Trigglets”) say being a part of the community has given them:
“The subtle way we learn the habit of drawing every day takes the pressure off. I have learned more about drawing in two months than in all the years I have been pursuing it.
Having other people to talk to that are going through the same thing as you is invaluable.” – Helen
“The appeal for me was the assistance offered to challenge myself to draw every day – something I had dreamed of for many years but not been able to put into practice on my own. Paul’s system of support and encouragement through simple exercises made it possible.
This has had a wonderful effect on my confidence and attitude towards my artwork.” – Kay
“Drawing every day had been one of my goals for years, but I had never cultivated the discipline to keep it up. Since joining CT nearly three months ago, I’ve only missed a handful of days, and that thrills me.
Drawing every day keeps art in the forefront of my mind, keeps me asking myself about my goals and dreams, how I need to grow, in what direction I want to move.” – Aurora
A daily drawing habit is not just about practice and drill. It’s about personal and artistic development.
It’s about becoming the artist that you have the potential to be. And a regular drawing habit is the most effective way to get there. In fact, it’s the only way.
Creative Triggers is about reducing barriers to regular art practice. So the price is deliberately low: Membership is $17 per month.
But remember, your first month is only $1. You can try it out for next to nothing.
After that, membership will go up to the full price. You’ll get an email before your first month is up so you don’t forget.
Q: How do I pay?
A: Payment is by PayPal, you’ll need a PayPal account to join. If you don’t have one, you can set one up when you join.
Q: What if I want to cancel?
A: You can cancel at any time, and your payments will automatically stop.
Q: I joined, what happens next?
A: You’ll get an email letting you know the first steps to take. You’ll get started with your first exercise straight away!
Q: I need help!
A: No problem. Just email me at email@example.com and I’ll sort things out.