As we approach a new year, many of us want to start fresh with new goals. For me, this year is about rediscovering my art, and getting back to my roots of drawing every day! Now, I should preface this by saying that during my school years (which admittedly now, is a long time ago!) I drew EVERY DAY. I miss it! Adult life and responsibilities got in the way, and somewhere along the line art took a back seat for me.
It's been a while since I last took on a drawing challenge — 2021, to be exact. I had participated in an art prompt that piqued my interests - a cat themed drawing prompt for February of that year! It was hosted by a fellow artist on instagram, and we had a little community of artists that would all post their cat art together on a particular day. I loved the community aspect of it, especially since the beginning of 2021 was still COVID time. The artist community is so supportive, and a fun cat themed art prompt was the perfect thing to brighten up my entire month.
Then prior to that, in 2019, I had participated in my biggest daily drawing challenge - I had planned on completing a new pattern every day! There were no subject prompts, just make a pattern, anything, every day. This was ambitious for me, but I got to day 68/100! The challenge was derailed by my vacation overseas, but during that time of daily drawing and pattern making, I drew new subjects, experimented with different pattern styles, and explored different colour palettes. So many of my popular patterns were a direct result of the growth I experienced during this prompt!
There's something about the randomness of art prompts. They're an invitation to explore and take yourself out of your comfort zone. The possibilities are endless, and the unpredictability of each day leads to artistic growth. It is a chance to try new styles, draw stuff you haven't drawn before, and push your creativity to new heights!
They say it takes 2 months of doing something daily for it to become a habit. I want drawing to become habitual for me again in 2024. Any drawing is good drawing, and the more you do it, the more you improve! To help with the randomness of my prompts, I asked ChatGPT to give me some random prompts for me to follow each day of January, because its 2023 and AI is a thing! Its been a divisive topic of 2023 to say the least, but using it as a tool to generate random ideas is pretty neat! :) I invite you to join me on this art prompt journey, to follow along as I share each new piece, and perhaps to take on the challenge yourself.
I've included a prompt list that I'll be following if you want to follow along too. Or, generate your own random AI art prompt and see what direction it takes you. :)
If you follow along, share your art on pinterest, instagram, threads or that weird place known now as X (twitter I still love you) using the tag #2024dailydraw Whether you're dusting off your brushes or booting up your tablet, let's draw our way to a year of artistic growth.
Happy New Year & Happy Drawing! :)
Hi! I'm Tanya, an illustrator and graphic designer from Ontario, Canada. You can find my illustrations and patterns on a wide variety of websites, such as Zazzle, Redbubble & Society6. Aside from designing, I have a love of cats, reading & video games! If you want to see what I'm creating lately, check out my twitter & Pinterest pages below.
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