This December I tried out the Drawcember challenge where I drew something every day in December(I didn’t do the last 3 days). It was a very interesting experience and in this post, I will be talking about my experiences from this challenge, what I’ve learnt, some good and bad points and some tips for those who are new to this kind of monthly challenge.
Improved Drawing Speed
At the end of the challenge, I felt like my drawing speed has increased. This may be due to the daily practices forcing me to draw quickly and more effectively. This will help me to quickly get the foundation of a drawing down quickly so I can have more time for details in my future drawings. The improve in drawing speed may also due to me taking more advantage of the features and functions in the Procreate drawing app which I have used for the drawings during this challenge. I will talk about this in the next point.
More Effective Use of Medium
I have learnt more about the Procreate during this month as I’ve used Procreate to draw all the drawings. I experimented with the different functions on Procreate to aid my drawing process and it has helped me in drawing faster. One of the new features in Procreate that I’ve learnt to use is the Curves function. It helped me quickly edit the contrast in my drawings and changes in hue as well, which saved me a lot of time. Another useful feature is the clipping mask. It’s only recently added to the app. It allows me to paint only on areas that are painted in the previous layer. This reduces the time taken to erase paint. Some other useful features are transform, liquify, sharpen, blur etc. I will be writing a post explaining the different features on Procreate soon.
Due to the lack of time, most of the drawings aren’t as detailed as I’d like. I wanted to just keep working on them till I’m satisfied but I can’t be spending 5-6 hours every day on it as I have other commitments to do. I also felt uneasy posting incomplete drawings on my social media. I got used to posting them after a while as I tried to remind myself that the purpose of this drawing is to get used to drawing something every day, it doesn’t have to be good or complete.
During the first 2 weeks, I tried to think of creative things to draw, it got stressful sometimes as I had trouble deciding what to draw. Sometimes I’d abandon a drawing halfway and move on to a new one as I realised that it wouldn’t work out or would take me too much time. During the last 2 weeks, I just ended up drawing things I’m more familiar with – portraits. They are faster for me to draw and also I enjoy drawing them. However, I wasn’t able to be very creative with them. There were days where I didn’t have the time to draw at all and had to produce 2 drawings the next day, which made it even more stressful.
Here are some tips for those of you who wish to try out a monthly challenge like this one for the first time.
- Don’t draw too complicated things if you don’t have the time. It’s better to draw something simpler that you can complete.
- Explore your drawing medium to help you draw faster and more effectively.
- It’s okay if some drawings turned out not as good as you want it to be. Remember the main objective to get used to drawing every day, it doesn’t have to be good.
- Drawing something you’re interested in.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post. .
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