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.
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.