Saturday, August 20, 2016

Are You in a Drawing Rut?

We all go through dry spells. Sometimes we've studied a particular subject for so long we just need a break, but can't decide what to turn to next. Sometimes we keep experimenting with different subjects but still can't find anything to focus on passionately. Sometimes no matter what we attempt just doesn't seem to work out. Whatever the case, I like to turn to high school teachers. It seems like they all have that list of 25, 50, or 100 sketchbook prompts that no one really wants to do, but everyone ought to. Ideas often range from a beat up old pair of sneakers to a handful of shiny spoons, to the ubiquitous self-portrait. 

You can either take as long as you want an make a finished drawing, or you can set a timer and work quickly. I like to set a limit of 10, 20, or 40 minutes.

20 minute pencil sketch from a photo, June 2015
This list was borrowed from Matt Fussell at The Virtual Instructor.

101 Sketchbook Ideas
1. draw old shoes
2. draw a glass of water
3. draw a pile of unfolded laundry
4. draw your non-dominant hand
5. draw a scene in a restaurant
6. draw a stack of books
7. draw a view out of a window
8. draw your art supplies
9. draw wine bottles
10. draw children’s toys
11. draw a person laying down
12. draw a person sitting in a chair
13. design a typeface
14. draw different types of trees
15. draw objects in your pocket
16. draw game pieces
17. draw a caricature of yourself
18. draw the same object drawn with different techniques (hatching, cross hatching, stippling, etc.)
19. draw your favorite pet

20. draw a copy of your favorite Master’s painting...

Click here for the full list.