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  1. R.J.

    Hey Laurel, your article was excellent; thanks so much for that information. To tell the truth, this is something I would’ve liked to have seen eons ago because I don’t know how to draw and this is something I feel really would’ve helped me but I know it’ll help someone else who’s aspiring to become an artist. I think your article speaks a lot of the great things you’re doing so keep up the good work.

    • Laurel

      Hey R.J., thanks so much for the kind words!

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article, and I hope you’re still interested in drawing. You don’t need to aspire to be a professional. Indeed, I think that most people can benefit from keeping a sketchbook, almost like a journal. It’s a place where you can doodle to relax, record your thoughts, and express yourself. Even if you don’t use it daily, it can be a nice thing to look back on later.

      Thanks again and have a great day! 🙂

  2. Cyndy

    Great post! I personally use the chain strategy not for art but for my language learning and exercise. I was going really well (I had an 80 something day chain- I started late November last year) and then I had to break my chain (that was pretty painful) as I travelled to Cuba and internet is very limited there. Now that I’m back I’m working on building my chain again. I’ve used all your other tips in one activity or another.

    Drawing is actually something that I was saying I want to do a bit more of this year so I’ll see when I’ll start it. My priority is to get my current activities back on auto-pilot and add more links to my chain before I look to add anything new.

    Have you applied any of these strategies to other areas of your life besides drawing? How have you found it?

    • Laurel

      Thank you, Cyndy! I’m glad you found the article interesting.

      Currently I’m using the chain strategy only for my drawing practice. I had been trying to make a point of drawing every day, but I decided to make it an official New Year’s Resolution for 2019. I must say, I haven’t broken the chain yet, and the longer it gets, the more important it is to me to keep it going! If I do manage to get through a day without drawing anything, I will stay up a bit later and get a few quick sketches out before bed.

      That being said, I do actually use the “Make it Easy” strategy a lot. By keeping certain things accessible, it makes forming good habits much more likely. One example of this is when I decided I should drink more water. I make sure I keep a mug of water within reach while I work; I also made a rule for myself that I fill the mug up again as soon as I notice it’s empty. This has helped a significantly!

      Thanks again, and have an awesome day! 🙂

  3. Louis

    To achieve the desired level of consistency on life can be difficult, because some days, we just want to do nothing. However, when one has an action plan, like you’ve listed, being consistent becomes easier.  I believe in creating daily tasks, to keep your eyes on the goals for the day. This daily task should be linked to the bigger picture. But more importantly, if you love what you do, if you really enjoy it, it would be much easier to find the consistency.

    • Laurel

      Thanks for reading my post, Louis!

      This is so true. I have always loved art, so drawing is something that I do for fun; however, when I decided I wanted to take it more seriously and set daily goals for myself, I found that I made much faster improvements.

      Breaking up big challenges into smaller bits is definitely the way to go! Have a great day! 🙂

  4. Michael

    Wow… This is an awesome article.

    I so much enjoyed myself reading through this write-up and I must say it is very revelatory and educating. Practice brings perfection, and there is no way you keep doing a particular thing at regular intervals and you won’t be good at it. Consistency is the main key factor. I cannot help but agree with everything you had written here.  Great work!

    • Laurel

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Michael! I’m glad you found value in the post. 🙂

      I agree that it’s all but impossible to consistently practice something and not see improvement. However, it is important too that you use your practice to push your limits just a little bit, so that you stretch your skills on toward the next level.

      Take care!

  5. Yormith96

    Hello there. Thanks for this article. I will say in life, consistency and diligently working will help us in achieving our goals. It’s not just about setting out a new year resolution; it’s about how far we keep to it diligently and consistently. The ways you listed here can work not just in drawing, but if it’s applied in all areas of life, I believe it will work. My thoughts.

    • Laurel

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked the article.

      It’s true that consistency plays a key role in improvement and development of skills.

      I agree: these strategies can certainly be tailored to anything you’re looking to turn into a habit.

      Take care!

  6. Caldero

    My problem with doing things like this is that whenever I start drawing for a while, there is a high chance that I’ll look at what I’m doing, think it’s stupid, get frustrated, and then not pick up the pencil again for about a week. I don’t do well with self-motivation for this stuff. It’s always group motivation that gets me… And with all my friends being extraordinarily busy in the last 8 months, it doesn’t seem to be a viable option anymore.

    • Laurel

      I know how you feel; I’ve definitely been there, trust me! I find that what works for me is to allow myself to make a few atrocious drawings. I toss all the pressure to make something decent to the wayside, and just have at’er!

      You might find this post helpful; it’s all about shutting up that mean little voice in your head and pushing through so you can do work you’re proud of.

      I hope this helps! 🙂

  7. ajibola40

    Thanks for writing this article on how to draw every day and build consistency. I must say I find this article so educative and full of information on how to improve on my drawing. I find it so helpful and am sure many will find it useful too. 

    I have been doing my drawing for some time now. I only take it as one of my hobbies, am not that good in drawing but I am improving but I always have the feeling to try more. I will really like to follow all these tips, especially making it an appointment and doing that day by day.

    • Laurel

      Thanks for reading my article; I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it!

      It’s fantastic that you draw as a hobby. Regardless of your current skill level, I’m sure that if you set aside some time each day to do just a little bit, you’ll be impressed by how quickly you improve!

      And once you see improvement, you’ll want to draw more, which will lead to more improvement… So you can see how this helps build a good habit. 🙂

      Take care!

  8. Adamu2

    Wow, this is an interesting article to build someone’s drawing skills.

    This article explain all about making it to become a professional; practice makes perfect. Make it a personal resolution for the year. Once you set drawing as a habit, it becomes easier.

    Thanks for the insight; this article is really helpful.

    • Laurel

      Thank you for the kind words!

      So far, I have been keeping to my 2019 resolution of drawing every day. The chain trick really works to help stay motivated. And once you have it set as a habit, it becomes an automatic thing.

      Take care! 🙂

  9. Gracen

    Hi Laurel, I really enjoy reading your articles on drawing. I read one the other day on how beginners can get drawing right. The tips you shared there have been quite helpful, especially the tracing part. Consistency is the key especially if one is just starting out new in a particular project. Just like you said, practice makes progress; with time, it becomes easier and a habit.

    I love the idea of Seinfeld, it really looks great and motivational. Your tips are great, especially making it easy and making it rewarding. Thanks for always making me feel fulfilled with your inspirational articles on drawing.

    • Laurel

      Hi again! Thank you for your kind words; it’s gratifying to know that you’ve been enjoying my posts.

      The beauty of Seinfeld’s chain idea is that it’s so wonderfully simple; I think that’s what makes it so powerful! I’ve been using that trick to keep track of my resolution to draw every day this year, and so far I haven’t missed a day!

      It really does help, and I’m sure it would be useful in any area of life.

      Thanks again and have an awesome day! 🙂

  10. Polycarp Momoh

    Personally I find it difficult to start a drawing. I would think I’ll mess it up and so I really don’t have the guts to even start. At least now I know why. Maybe I’ll have to undergo the tips from this article.

    Consistency definitely will build self confidence. Although it would be very difficult to try out rewarding myself lol I’m not that disciplined. And staying in a very comfortable place would really be cool. Might even end up sketching the surrounding.

    Nice article. Thanks

    • Laurel

      You know, I often find myself with the same problem! It can be intimidating, having a blank page staring up expectantly at you and not knowing what to create. I know it’s easier said than done, but the solution I found was to try not to think about messing up.

      Try approaching it like this instead: First of all, tell yourself that it’s okay to make mistakes. You don’t need to show anyone your drawing, so there’s no need to worry what others will think of it. Think of those “mess-up” drawings as stepping stones, or even as personal bests. Once you’ve finished the drawing and taken some time away from it, go back and see if you can pinpoint what you could have done better. Then go back and try again! If you can train yourself to see mistakes and shortcomings as opportunities, you’ll be unstoppable. 🙂

      If you need a little extra push in the right direction, I wrote this article some time back about how to get past that dreaded Fear of the Blank Page.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, and best of luck with your drawing! 🙂

  11. Mark

    I really needed to read this today. I took up drawing a couple months ago, but have been struggling to carve out time for it. I spend most of my day writing, blogging and working on my online business. So the way I see it, this would be a great way to unwind, while also possibly serving me in other ways (drawings and illustrations for my business website).

    I really like the chain idea with the calendar, since I’m pretty obsessive about stuff like that. I don’t like the idea of breaking up something that looks really good, like an unbroken series of successful days. Thanks for sharing! I will definitely try this.

    • Laurel

      Hi Mark, and thank you for the thoughtful comment!

      It can definitely be a struggle to fit in everything you want to do, but if you’re serious about something, you can always find ways to make time for it. That’s where making it easy comes into play. If you keep a sketchbook (even a small, pocket-sized one) with you as much as possible, I’m sure you will discover little pockets of time when you can get in a quick sketch or exercise. I like to take my sketchbook with me on the bus, or doodle while I wait for water to boil while cooking.

      I heard a tip once from Brandon Dayton (founder of Sketchbook Summer, a challenge to fill a sketchbook in one month); something along the lines of “Make your cell phone jealous.” If you think of all the moments when you might instinctively go to check your phone, those are perfect little drawing moments as well. 🙂

      That chain idea really does work, especially if you’re a fan of patterns (like I am). I started my chain for my New Year’s Resolution, and I haven’t missed a day yet. At this point, it would drive me nuts to see that chain broken!

      Thanks again for stopping by, and best of luck in your drawing ventures!

  12. Alblue

    I agree about building consistency bits by bits. I teach my nephew who is into sketching to draw things at least two times a day and three times on Sunday. I can see a lot of improvements compared to when he is just occasionally sketching things when he has the mood. Designing a mood booster interior might be super helpful; I will try to talk with his mom about redecorating his room a bit.

    Thank you very much for your information you provided here.

    • Laurel

      Thanks for taking the time to write this. I’m glad this post struck a chord with you!

      It certainly is incredible how those little bits add up over a longer period of time. I, too, have seen some vast improvement in my own capabilities since I started taking daily practice more seriously.

      I think a room mood boost is a fantastic idea; it’s a small change that can make a big difference.

      Have an awesome day, and keep encouraging your nephew! 🙂

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