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The Drawing Habit

Use this space for drawing Danny Gregory dannygregory@mac.com dannygregory.com

Journaling. What changes and why. Why it matters. Common Issues. Motivating practice. .Outline When we were small. Enriching your experience.

Questions to ask yourself: What are my memories of drawing when I was a child? Why did I stop or change my attitude towards drawing? Is creativity part of my life? Or just my job? Do I feel comfortable calling myself an artist? An Artist? Do I consider graphic design an art? An Art? What does my inner voice say when I draw? Am I becoming more rigid overt the years? How will that effect my career? Do I tend to give people labels and then stick with them? Is every single thing I do each day something I want to be doing? Could I make time for stuff just for me? Do I ever make things just for the fun of it? Am I having enough fun? Do I work primarily on paper or on a computer? How does this effect what I create? Can I spare ten minutes a day to do one drawing? Why not? Do I want to share what I am creating? Or is it just for me? .

” Draw lunch as you eat it : 1 drawing Draw the news as you watch it: 4 drawings Skip 1 sitcom: 3 drawings Skip 1 basketball game: 11 drawings Overtime: 2 drawings Draw in the locker room at the gym: 2 drawings Draw the coffeemaker while you wait for the coffee to perk: 1 drawing Draw in line at the supermarket: 1 drawing Stay up an extra 10 minutes: 1 drawing Get up 10 minutes early: 1 drawing Draw during commercials: 6 drawings per hour Draw every time you smoke a cigarette: 1 drawing Draw till the waiter brings dessert: 1 drawing Draw in the tub: 1-2 (waterproof) drawings Draw on the phone: 2 drawings Draw during a pedicure: 2 drawings Draw in the doctor’s/ dentist’s/ therapist’s waiting room: 1 drawing Draw at the red light: 1 drawing Get to work early. drawing incessantly.. that one fine day you discover to your surprise that you have rendered something in its true character..“But I don’t have time to draw. stay in the car: 1 drawing Take the bus: 2 drawings Draw while waiting for spouse to get ready: 2 drawings Draw what you’re cooking while it cooks: 1 drawing Draw on the john: 1 drawing “It is only by drawing often. drawing everything.” — Camille Pissarro .

machines. feet.. cage. etc. detergent. bed. Me . of my pockets Every tree on my block. books Every significant front door of every place I’ve lived or worked Everything I eat today Contents of my bag. clothes Covers of ten favorite CDs. All the liquor in our cabinet The portraits in my yearbook Ten pieces of broken cookie Ten manhole covers Ten hydrants Portraits of my wife. and pets asleep Each component of a sandwich.“But I don’t have anything to draw . fridge.. bedside table. face. body The exterior of each place I buy lunch My car’s engine Every pen and pencil in my desk All of Patti’s cosmetics Every present I got on my last birthday All of our sports equipment Every chair in our house Every outlet and all its plugs Everything that belongs to a pet: food. individually. vase and lamp My hands. etc.” Contents of kitchen cabinet. medicine. toys. labeled with its official Latin name Every car on my block Views out each window in my home Clutter on my desk A map of my neighborhood A map of the house I grew up in Every appliance in our house Every phone in our house Series: every cup. medicine cabinet All my shoes. clothes. son. mug. then assembled All our jewelry and watches Every hat I own Every bill and coin in my pocket Ten things from any catalog in our mailbox A plate of spaghetti The laundry: clothes.

yahoo.Draw a challenge from the past year 1-46 that you didn’t try before�48 . too.�85 .Draw or paint a landscape�101 . Kwanzaa. Christmas.Draw your lunch and journal about it. winter solstice)�47 . Write about why it’s special to you.Draw a favorite tool�17 .a pet..your messy desk.. something that reminds you of motherhood. office.Draw something representing your favorite sport.Draw a beverage and write a little about it.Draw someone or something you love . too..�53 .Draw something that makes you happy.Draw a sign or spring (or fall if you live in the southern hemisphere.. Dia de los Muertos.Draw at a museum�39 .Purses.Draw a mouth and journal about speaking out or holding one’s tongue .�55 . apartment.Draw an appliance or anything else you like.ocean.Draw the ingredients and/or process of a favorite recipe .Draw a mailbox and write about the most important piece of real world mail you’ve ever received(not email .Draw your TV and favorite show playing.Draw what you’re afraid of.Draw a dog (yours or a friends or anyone’s) and journal about your dog relationships.Draw a bicycle or a part of one�36 .�99 .)�60 . your table stacked with books.Draw a previous challenge in a different medium than you usually use.Draw an egg carton. Write about it.�81 .Draw something holiday themed (Hanukah.�52 . Wallets or Bags�4 .Draw some salt and pepper shakers . draw what you find�64 .Draw something Mom . lake.Draw a bar of soap�102 . If you want to draw a vegetable. desk.Draw a tree or trees.and journal about it.�28 .Draw a chair or anything else you feel like.your mother.drawing board.Draw something old.. etc.�29 .Draw a glass (the kind you drink from)�26 .�19 . plain or fancy�56 .Draw a grouping of 2 or more of similar objects�62 .Draw an eye�34 .”�51 .Draw a brown paper bag�93 . We’re all busy before the holidays.draw where you create. your choice.Draw some flowers (or colorful showy foliage if you’re in the S. leaves.�104 .Draw a bit of “organized chaos” .Draw your computer�69 . cap or other headgear.�10 .Draw a power plug�103 .Draw a button or buttons�90 .�70 .�71 .Draw a piece of fruit�25 . if you dare.Draw your toothbrush�40 . Journal.Draw your hand or hands (or someone elses if you like)�11 .Draw a desk lamp or other lamp�3 . a zoo animal.�79 .Draw your telephone (land line.�88 . Or a pet’s. etc.�31 .Draw anything you like.Draw some clouds and write about them�75 .Draw something that represents a new years resolution of yours�100 .Draw the view from a window of your house. too. with or without eggs in it.snail mail. All Saints. a friend’s or a strangers.�54 .�73 . people.�86 .Draw a doorknob. Write about it. outside or both.Draw your nose. Journal about why you like that show etc.�83 . or two or three or more�80 . hemisphere and don’t find flowers in bloom. etc.Draw something “Dad” . that’s fine.Draw your home’s entryway and journal your thoughts and feelings about “homecoming.Draw your watch or other piece of jewelry�9 .Draw some bread and write about it if you like.Draw a fall leaf�35 .Draw an apple�92 .Free choice.Draw a nearby body of water .Draw something metallic�33.and journal about it.�27 .Draw a musical instrument�18 .Draw a picture frame and the picture in it.Go on a nature walk.�38 . is it sentimental? Write about it. work or wherever�65 .Draw a shoe�2 .�59 . cell. antique or vintage�22 Draw a piece of clothing�23 . a stuffed one .Draw a souvenir of a place you’ve been. and write about it.Draw what you see in the morning when you get up�15 .Weekly Challenges from http://groups.Draw something with wings�91 .�68 .Draw a hat.Draw something breezy . pick up items.Draw a holiday card�96 . pond. All Souls Day..Draw a bottle. Why is it special?�98 .Draw your glasses or sunglasses�12 .Draw something architectural or anything else.Draw an automobile or a part of one�61 .Draw your favorite well-loved object . �66 .Draw somewhere new.Draw your medicine cabinet (the inside of it)�46 .Draw a streetlight�82 .�58 . or a childhood toy�7 .Draw some keys�38 .�89 .Draw your bed�6 . �63 ..something that blows in the wind .Draw something cold or cool.Draw your refrigerator interior (and contents) or exterior (and what’s on the door)�50 .in honor of Fathers Day�21 .)�74 .Draw your foot�24 . studio.Draw something china or ceramic�44 . river�84 . old-fashioned?)�14 .�94 .)�77 .Draw a spoon and journal a little about it�95 .Draw something with folds�41 . table .Draw something you’ve made�20 .�72 .Draw an ear. jar or tin from the kitchen�8 .Draw a book or anything else you want..Draw your sink .Draw out in public�37 .�45 .Draw something sweet�97 .Draw what you ate for dinner�13 .a flag.Draw a traffic sign�87 .Draw something related to Halloween.Draw something that represents your new year’s goal or resolution�49 . too. Chill.Draw a present you have received.Draw a landmark of your city�42 .at home.�30 .com/group/everydaymatters/ 1 . journal a bit about your memories of the place.Draw your artspace . Go somewhere new to you and draw what you find.Draw something you are thankful for�43 .inside.Draw a fire hydrant and make a journal entry about fire fighters�67 .Draw some exercise equipment you use.Draw a self portrait�57 .�76 . Draw anything you like. leaves or branches�16 .�78 .Draw something you collect�32 .Draw your mug or cup�5 .Draw an animal .Draw a store in your neighborhood .

americanelf.kerismith.uk/ Other cool online sketchbook drawing folks: http://tommykane.edmsuperblog.co.com/fun.moonlight-chronicles.com/ http://www. August 2006.uk/ http://www.com/ .prashart.dannygregory.Books that’ll get you drawing: “The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be the Artist You Truly Are” by Danny Gregory “Everyday Matters” by Danny Gregory “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards “The Zen of Seeing” by Frederick Franck “A Life in Hand: Creating the Illuminated Journal” by Hannah Hinchman “Drawing From Life: The Journal as Art” by Jennifer New “How to Make a Journal of Your Life” by Dan Price “The Moonlight Chronicles .yahoo.” in HOW. Some useful online resources: http://www.com/ http://groups.com/ http://www.com/group/everydaymatters/ http://www.rozworks.blogspot.com/blog/ http://www.wildyorkshire.blogspot. “Just draw.A Wandering Artist’s Journal” by Dan Price “Drawing for Older Children and Teens” by Mona Brookes “Keys to Drawing with Imagination” by Bert Dodson Also check out my article.co.html http://www.com/ http://www.

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