In 2021 (and into 2022), I drew the Simple Daily Drawing prompt every day and shared my journey, and the concept, with members of the SDD community. It was an amazing experience that jumpstarted my creativity, allowed me to explore lots of different drawing styles, mediums, and subject matters, and re-ignited my love for drawing in general. The benefits are so many it’s hard to list all of them but I gained a confidence I’ve never had, improved my skills, began relying on art as my disconnect when I am stressed and anxious, and most importantly, became a happier person in general.
This year-long art practice gives you an outlet that’s both enjoyable and therapeutic.
If you’re at all interested in creative pursuits, want to cultivate a deeper appreciation for them, or want to rely on art to improve your mental health, then you should try it!
Yes, I shared my journey but for some it’s more personal or private. You don’t have to share your drawings with anyone! The real benefit is in getting into a regular rhythm where creativity is seen as an essential part of life, and not just something that should only exist when you get around to it.
How Will I Find The Time?
Daily drawing might seem like an overwhelming commitment (especially if you have a full-time job, family and/or other obligations), but with a little planning, it’s not as difficult as you may think. Before bed each night or with your morning coffee are both wonderful times to set aside 15 minutes to a half hour to draw. Drawing before bed can be that welcomed time to empty your head and get a clear mind before dozing off. If you draw with your morning coffee, it can often be meditative and relaxing. Rather than starting your day moving at 100 miles per hour, piggyback your drawing time with a 1 minute meditation and a statement of gratitude. You’ll be amazed how these tiny changes make a huge impact on how your entire day unfolds.
If your mornings and evenings are already booked, just keep the Simple Daily Drawing sketchbook handy, and pull it out when you have a free moment. Maybe on your lunch break, when waiting for a Dr. appointment, when in line to pick your kiddos up at school, or even when the casserole is in the oven. If you have your sketchpad handy you’ll be more likely to remember to draw when you have a few minutes of down time.
Finally, and the most critical piece of advice I can give you:
Do not set any expectations for the final result of your work.
In fact, don’t even worry about completing it if you don’t have time! Sounds strange, right? Wrong! Before you commit to a year of drawing, take a moment to completely turn your way of thinking upside down.
This daily commitment is about the EXPERIENCE, not the RESULT. It’s about playing around, disconnecting, being curious, and having fun.