On this day, previous daily tasks
Day 1: record the colour and movement of the sky in the afternoon.
Day 2: record the colour and movement of the sky in the morning.
Day 3: record the horizon, where the sky meets the land.
Day 4: record the piece of land closest to you.
Day 5: record the view from your window.
Day 6: record a view of your street.
Day 7: record your kitchen table.
Day 8 : draw the shapes/view between 2 objects on your kitchen table.
Day 9: record the view from one room to the next.
Day 10: record what you see at (or as near to) 11 am.
Day 11: record what you see at (or as near to)7 pm.
Day 12: open a cupboard and spend some time drawing the chaos, or the order, if that's what you have :)
Day 13: record objects silhouetted against a window during the day
Day 14: record the same objects against the window at night
Day 15: After your daily exercise, do a ‘memory’ drawing of something you saw.
Day 16: record a person that you can see – this may be a housemate, someone walking by, a newsreader on the TV – try to find a way of drawing that suits how you are seeing that person
Day 17: record your hands drawing.
Day 18: find three objects placed together in an interesting way in your house and spend time drawing them thinking about composition
Day 19: open a drawer in your house and record what’s inside
Day 20: object/portraits – think about a person who means a lot to you, are there objects in your house that symbolise that person? Gather some together and draw a ‘portrait’ from them. (ref: Victoria Crowe. Andrew Wyeth)
Day 21: record a line of washing - either indoors or out
Day 22: record your mantlepiece, a shelf or a windowsill
Day 23: record your shadow across the room.
Day 24: self portrait – try to find a way to depict yourself in a drawing that is not a traditional self portrait – your reflection in a shiny object like the back of a spoon.
Day 25: record your breakfast table
Day 26: record the most colourful thing you can see at midday (or as near to)
Day 27: record the washing up in the sink
Day 28: record a piece of furniture by drawing only the negative spaces
Day 29: record something/someone that makes you smile when you look at it/them
Try drawing with your non-dominant hand I.e. if you’re right-handed, draw with your left and vice versa. Don’t try to control it – you will get better with practice!
Blind drawing - do not look at your page, but let you eyes follow the shape of what you are looking at and let your hand follow your eye - again, gets better with practice! (helps not to lift the pen too far off the page)
Continual line drawing - do not lift the pencil/pen off the paper for the whole of the drawing, take it slowly and really try to look at shapes and how they connect across the drawing.
Double pencil - tape 2 pens/ pencils together to get a double shadow line.
Vary the pressure of the pencil on the paper to give a variety of weights of line.
If working with ink, do the same as above, vary the pressure to get a variety of line.
Do a double hand drawing I.e. draw with your left and right hand on 2 pieces of paper side by side, at the same time – notice how each hand responds differently.
On a pencil/graphite/ charcoal drawing - Lift out lights with an eraser and make darks with a pen.
DO NOT RUB OUT ANY LINES they are a useful guide to finding the correct line (Look at Alberto Giacometti)
Explore surfaces by making a variety of marks with the same drawing tool - dots, dashes, circles, smudges, lines of varying weight.