Motivation experiment – days 9-12

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:

Owl on a branch at night

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.

Close up of angry man's eyes

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:

Man standing at the opening of a canyon

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

… which I traced and developed into this:

Blue whale blowing bubbles under water

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.

About Paul McQueen

Dr Paul McQueen is a Clinical Psychologist, holding a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Melbourne. He has experience working in both adult and child mental health services in Queensland and Victoria. Dr McQueen is comitted to providing high quality, evidence-based interventions for a range of mental health conditions. He specialises in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder and Depression.

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