Motivation experiment day 22 – drawn 12/05/2014
Time has gotten the better of me lately, and I haven’t followed up on writing about the progression of my motivation experiment since day 21. So here I am picking it up again.
On day 19 of my experiment with drawing every day and observing the effects on my motivation I again found myself without ideas for what to draw. Part of my commitment to this exercise from the outset had been that the important thing was to draw something each day, not to draw something “good” or “interesting” every day. So for day 19 I settled with drawing out a pattern in curving lines without too much thought, then adding a little colour:
Motivation experiment day 19 – drawn 9/05/2014
This was done very quickly. I didn’t like the result at all, but I’d stuck with my commitment to draw and was happy enough with that.
On day 16 of my exercise in daily drawing I experienced a drop in my intrinsic motivation. After a few days of easily producing drawings I liked by tracing pictures, going back to drawing from my imagination meant struggling again with ideas for what to draw.
Motivation experiment day 16 – drawn 6/05/2014
Having been involved in some planning for a pirate-themed birthday party, the idea of drawing a skull came to mind.
On day 12 I tried experimenting with tracing and hand-colouring, and decided to continue developing this technique on my drawings for days 13 and 14. Admittedly tracing felt a bit like cheating, but on the other hand my primary aim was to draw something each day and the result of my tracing and colouring on day 12 had sparked a lot more interest in continuing. I decided to develop my technique in colouring and shading a little this way, then to go back to drawing from scratch and try to apply these skills.
Motivation experiment day 13 – drawn 3/05/2014
Come day nine of my experiment in daily drawing I was now beginning to really enjoy drawing each day. On this occasion I started by scribbling a few lines and this quickly sparked the idea to draw an owl, which quickly developed into the below drawing:
Motivation experiment day 9 – drawn 29/04/2014
I took a similar approach on day 10 – not thinking for long at all about what to draw, just starting with doodling lines that I then developed into this angry face. Seeing that I could quite quickly go from no idea to a fairly simple drawing that had something about it I liked increased my interest in drawing even further.
Motivation experiment day 10 – drawn 30/04/2014
On day 11 I had a general concept in mind before I sat down to draw – I wanted to develop something with a sense of space and distance, so drew this canyon with a tiny figure in the distance:
Motivation experiment day 11 – drawn 1/05/2014
On day 12 I felt inspired before starting to draw something like the owl from day nine. I quickly settled on the thought of drawing a whale, but couldn’t bring to mind what a whale actually looks like So I did a google search for a picture of a whale, and found this at http://files.abovetopsecret.com/files/img/as5283feed.jpg:
… which I traced and developed into this:
Motivation experiment day 12 – drawn 2/05/2014
Tracing sort of felt like cheating … but I learned a lot by drawing that way and quite liked the result.
One week into my experiment with drawing daily and it’s effects on motivation the challenge for drawing ideas has gotten no easier. Drawing cartoon-style faces is a common absent-minded doodle I’ve done in the past; so I drew another cartoon face.
Motivation experiment day 7 – drawn 27/04/2014
On day eight I decided to go back to doodling some abstract, bold black lines. I tried experimenting with the smearing technique I’d discovered on day three. I liked the effect and it reminded me of an eye. So I found a photo of a cat’s eye and traced it into the background:
Motivation experiment day 8 – drawn 28/04/2014
Now, for the second time I’d drawn something I quite liked.
I was posting daily on facebook and had some positive feedback on specific pictures on days five, six and seven, and positive feedback (likes or comments) on my drawings most days. That feedback, plus having drawn two things I liked myself in just over a week gave me a boost of interest in continuing this drawing exercise. I started to look forward to drawing, which meant thinking about it sometimes during the day – which finally generated ideas for things to draw.
Come day five of my experiment in committing myself to draw a picture every day there was still no real inspiration for what to draw. I vaguely remembered seeing a “how to draw” video with my children and tried to replicate the steps as far as I remembered them to draw this face:
Motivation experiment day 5 – drawn 25/04/2014
I’m not a real fan of it, but I was happy to be pushing myself to try new things.
Day six and once again I couldn’t think of ideas. I started with another drawing using abstract lines and shapes. Then I scribbled some wings around it, which made me think to draw a weird-looking bird. With an egg.
Motivation experiment day 6 – drawn 26/04/2014
Again, I don’t really like this drawing. But I was doing something new and different, and I liked that because if I hadn’t pushed myself to draw daily then on the rare occasions I drew I would be likely to just be drawing the same style over and over again.
Sitting down to draw on day three of my motivation experiment I couldn’t think of anything at all to draw. So I scribbled a few lines and shapes and played with smearing them:
Motivation experiment day 3 – drawn 23/4/2014
I really don’t like this drawing at all. But forcing myself to draw something led me to experimenting with a technique that I later used in a drawing I did like.
Come day four I found myself again feeling completely uninspired. So I scribbled a few lines. Those lines made me think of a bat, so I developed them into one:
Motivation experiment day 4 – drawn 24/04/2014
Four days into my experiment I had done the first drawing that I really liked something about. It was really not much more than a rough scribble … but I liked how it looked. That made me look forward to possibly drawing something else unexpected that I liked in the future: the beginnings of intrinsic motivation to continue drawing.