There’s a national initiative aimed at encouraging us all to draw more, it’s called The Big Draw. Apart from the annual festival in October, there’s also a year long program called ‘Come draw with me‘. In their words;
October comes just once a year, so we have introduced a year-round drawing programme for adults who prefer to exercise their creativity at home. You will find ideas and encouragement in our CDWM! Beginners Guide to help you turn your kitchen or lounge into a genuine ‘drawing room’ for groups of friends or family.
Alas I’m not well enough to organise this in the real world so I asked some online friends if they fancied having a virtual version each month. The plan is that I will provide a prompt of some kind at the start of each month and anyone who wants to join in has the whole of that month to complete the activity, take a photo of it and share it on our group pinboard on Pinterest. During the month it would also be rather wonderful and kind if folks could pop along to the board and leave some positive comments/feedback on the images pinned.
If you want to be involved, leave a link in the comments to your pinterest name and I’ll add you as a group contributor. You need to follow me in Pinterest to do that (I think…?)
I’m the last person in the world to expect anybody to manage to do this with consistent regularity – life’s just not like that. I also don’t want anybody to think that the drawing has to be a saleable work of art. The intention is for this to be a relaxed and fun activity that you do in your sketchbook. A way to try to get into the drawing habit.
- 1st of the month check here , the Nourish Creativity Facebook group, or the pinboard for that month’s prompt.
- During the month use the prompt to do a drawing or drawings in your sketchbook.
- Photograph your drawing and upload it to the group Pinterest pinboard.
- Leave feedback on some of the other drawings on the board.
There’s been some discussion about having a folder for photos in the Facebook group too, my only hesitation about that is that if there are two places to ‘join in’ it will dilute the community aspect. We just need to see how it goes and learn as we go…
Now, here are some other places you can go to get drawing ideas…
- I’ve added some books to my Amazon store, if you’re in the UK and buy via there you’ll be helping me to fund this website. I’ve added books that I’ve either heard good things about or that I own and think are good.
- This wiki-how page has some good ideas for getting into the drawing habit.
I’ll try and add other resources as and when I can.
But for now, just say –