Roll of paper challenge – Day 2 – How to regain motivation at drawing ? |TIP91

Second day of the Roll of paper challenge. My mood is not there.

I sit and carry on drawing on the roll of paper. About 1.50meter later, I am not much happy with the results. I feel inefficient. I realised that I am not focused, and my imagination is dry. I don’t want to give up, so I take a break.

Be impressed by high level artist. Let your self be inspired, not discouraged. Be positive !

When I feel discouraged, I often spend few minutes looking at some artworks from artist and designer I admire. That’s how I regain my motivation. Even if the level of most of them seams to be impossible to reach, I like to imagine that one day I could make it too. I won’t be a super star Concept artist by tomorrow, but, I tend to progress step-by-step.

Best of it, I remember how much fun and pride I get mastering new skills. Telling myself “ I did it !”

I know that learning how to draw is irritating sometime, but it’s worth it. Let me illustrate with a simple analogy.

Learning how to draw = Playing video game

When you play a video game. If you lose, you try again right? You may lose 100 times, no harm. Each time you try and fail you may get irritated. But you understand the game better, and your technique improve. You gain confidence, you persevere and soon, you are able to pass the level.

Whatever you have done before become easy. You have gained more Super power, and you are ready to meet the next boss of the game.

Remember that a video game is a succession of many small victories, it means many happiness !That’s the same thing for learning how to draw.

Let’s go back to the paper roll. For Day 2 I achieved a total of 2.40m.
So DAY 1 + Day 2 = 5.60 + 2.40 = 8 meters of sketches.

And you know what ? I even didn’t reached half of the roll !
End of Day 2 - Sketching challenge concept art - the design sketchbook

Let’s have a look on the sketches of Day 2.

sketching challenge concept art the design sketchbook aThese sketches are inspired from doodles I did before I took a break.

sketching challenge concept art the design sketchbook b
It’s useful to start with few doodles before sketching a bigger version – saving time + better result.

sketching challenge concept art the design sketchbook c
sketching challenge concept art the design sketchbook d

sketching challenge concept art the design sketchbook e
sketching challenge concept art the design sketchbook f
sketching challenge concept art the design sketchbook g
sketching challenge concept art the design sketchbook h
sketching challenge concept art the design sketchbook iSomething I like to do, is to go back at previous sketches to touch up or modify. It’s often beneficial as you come back with a fresher eye on that specific sketch.

At the time I am writing this article, it’s day 3. I was quite busy today so I will continue by tomorrow. I have 4 days left to complete the challenge.

See you guys for the next TIP of the day !
And feel free to leave a comment. 🙂

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Chou-Tac

If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my career, I believe that they can also help you to learn, and help you with your projects. Whether Design is a job or a hobby it doesn’t matter, so long as you do what is important to you.

5 Comments

  • RITWIK BHATTACHARYYA

    Reply Reply October 21, 2016

    Hey Sir,been a bit busy lately so could not properly follow your mail newsletters….but never miss a chance to follow your blog 🙂 Can you please name a few artist and designer you admire? That will be much help. Thanks

  • Alif Ryza

    Reply Reply December 8, 2015

    Very Creative Artwork:)

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply December 8, 2015

      Thanks Alif.

      It is pretty fun to do 🙂

  • Brian Hermelijn

    Reply Reply January 8, 2015

    Keep at it mate!

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