ICYMI, we're big proponents of making art every day . Yes — every. single. day. But what happens when you’re fresh out of ideas for what to actually draw?
It happens to the best of us. But if you’re looking for some drawing exercises to knock out during your busy week, we’ve got your game plan for daily sketching. Hello, inspo!
Monday: Creatures and Critters
Not to let the cat out of the bag, but drawing animals might be the best subject ever. Grab your pastel pencils (or use colored pencils) and bring this kitty to life. (Hint: the secret to getting that realistic look is all in the short pencil strokes. So work slowly and layer, layer, layer!).
Tuesday: All in Bloom
You might look at this black-eyed susan and immediately reach for your yellow colored pencil. But you’ve gotta fight that urge — if you lay down a yellow and call it good, your flower will be totally dull. Learn to mix and blend all kinds of colors to get this bold look and brighten up your weekday.
Wednesday: Household Objects
In the middle of a busy week, look no further than household objects to give you inspiration. Drawing a still life is a great practice in perspective, and this tutorial teaches you everything from how to block in your forms to refining your contour.
Thursday: An Abstract Mandala
Designing a mandala is the perfect blend of structured design and freeform organic shapes. And (bonus!) mandalas are thought to promote a sense of emotional calm and peace. Follow our easy guide and unwind from your day.
Friday: Look Out the Window
Drawing a landscape doesn’t have to be all-consuming. Urban sketches are perfect for on-the-go artists and those who want to get a quick drawing into their day. Don’t sweat trying to perfect your perspective; instead, focus on sweeping lines and building shapes to capture what you see in the world.
Saturday: People in the World
Capturing people in motion takes practice — all too often, our attempts can end up looking like statues. But with some patience and our go-to tips, you’ll learn to breathe life into your subjects. The key? Work quickly and loosely. You’ll have plenty of time to refine your drawing later in your studio.
Sunday: Freshly Picked Fruit
Don’t be fooled by this pear — though it might look simple, this drawing is actually a deep-dive exercise in blending, layering, highlights and defining crisp edges in colored pencil. Use our reference photo or draw your fave fruit from life (just try not to eat it until your drawing is done).