A really good way to set yourself up for success with this goal to have
- materials at hand
- an idea of what you want to draw (this is where the list of daily prompts comes in)
- time, really 5 minutes to 30 minutes is all you need daily to set this in motion, if you have more time and can use, that is wonderful too but not necessary.
For the class you do not need much in the way of art supplies: a small sketchbook that you can fit in your backpack, purse, or coat pocket, maybe a slightly larger one to keep at home, or even just bond paper and a pencil is all you need. If you want more, a travel watercolor kit, markers, colored pencils, whatever media you want to explore in this journey, because it is all about you, and what you respond to naturally and want to explore more.
For what to draw, we work from a set of daily prompts and this is one that I found online. I am resharing it here and now because it is a good list. If you are a New Years Relolution type of person, you may want to go ahead and start this journey BEFORE our class begins, by starting with the list and working in sequence. If you do not care to start before our class, we'll start with the actually days on the list as listed. Do one drawing a day. If the prompt speaks to you, answer the prompt. If something else strikes you as visually interesting, do that instead. Your goal is ONE a day, so try to do it that way, rather than all seven the night before class because we are building this as a habit and a practice, not an obligation. OKAY. Have fun.
Here is a link to the list of prompts we will be using, it has a full year of prompts to keep you in this habit before, during and after class. 365 Prompts
Since you are doing these drawings outside of class, class time will be spent sharing the weeks work with each other, and the remainder of class time will be spent in a longer drawing project each session, focusing on non-traditional and traditional perceptual drawing skills, as way of an introduction to skill-building for new artists and a refresher for practicing artists.
Happy New Year!