Habit Forming

According to this Huffington Post article, it takes about (or at least) 66 days to form a new habit. Though I can’t say that sketching is a “new” habit for me, sketching every single day without fail certainly is!

 

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DSC 51 – from imagination and my own assorted ref photos – watercolour in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

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At this posting, I am 56 days into my Daily Sketch Challenge and, if I am totally honest, I can’t really say that I have formed the habit of sketching every single day without even thinking twice about it.  In fact, more often than not, I have to drag myself kicking and screaming to my sketchbook … not because I don’t feel like sketching (though that is sometimes the case), but mostly because I almost always have other things demanding my time and attention.

DSC 51 - deer – watercolour in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

DSC 52 – from imagination and my own assorted ref photos – watercolour in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

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So, according to the research, apparently I only have another 10 days to wait before sketching every single day will become so ingrained for me that it will be as automatic as brushing my teeth every day and there will be no more kicking and screaming involved! Well, at least I sure hope so! 😀

DSC 51 - deer – watercolour in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

DSC 53 – from imagination and assorted photos on google – graphite and watercolour in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

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Subject matter remains my greatest challenge for these daily sketches. However, lately I have become very interested in animal symbolism. I’ve had some vague ideas that are leading me to forming an intention of possibly doing a more “serious drawing” on the subject some time down the road … so I thought it would be good to spend some time brushing up a bit on my animal anatomy.

DSC 51 - deer – watercolour in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

DSC 54 – from imagination and assorted photos on google – graphite in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

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We went to the Granby zoo some time back, where I took soooo many photos of the gorgeous flamingos. Finally, they are coming in handy!

DSC 51 - deer – watercolour in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

DSC 55 – from imagination and my own assorted ref photos – watercolour in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

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It deeply saddens and concerns me how many of our precious animal species are at risk due to man’s thoughtlessness and/or our deliberate cruelty. I watched a video not long ago about a deliberate “prank” of extreme vicious cruelty (which I won’t describe) toward a female mother polar bear, that ended up killing her in an agonizing manner (and consequently killing her cubs, who could not survive without their mom). Polar bears are such incredibly beautiful, powerful and increasingly rare animals and it just breaks my heart that not all of humanity treats these animals — indeed all animals!! — with the respect and appreciation they deserve.

DSC 51 - deer – watercolour in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

DSC 56 – from imagination and assorted photos on google – graphite in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

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Hubby and I have been talking a lot about getting away this summer, and we hope to be able to go out east to the Tadoussac area, which is reputed to have some of the best whale watching sites in the world. I used to enjoy going to Marineland and Sea World, but I simply cannot bring myself to support such places with my attendance anymore, so hopefully we’ll have the opportunity this summer to see these magnificent creatures out in the wild where they belong. 🙂

DSC 51 - deer – watercolour in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

DSC 57 – from assorted photos on google – graphite in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

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I’ve been enjoying watching an older fantasy series called Merlin on Netflix and these 5 minute scribbled scenes are from one of the episodes from season 4. I do wish I could remember what brand sketchbook this is, as I really like the paper! Oh well.

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DSC 58 – 5 minute sketches from paused TV series scenes – micron pen in 8.5″ x 11″ unknown brand sketchbook.

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And finally, to wrap up this week’s blog, Arnie Fenner of Muddy Colors recently shared a fantastic free resource that I’d like to pass on.  The Croquis Cafe on YouTube has a long list of Figure Drawing videos with nude models that hold poses anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes (and may be paused for as long as necessary, of course) for the artist to draw. I imagine that I shall be taking advantage of these videos quite often in the coming months of my Daily Sketch Challenge.

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1 comment to Habit Forming

  • Ha! 66 days…in my own personal experience I found that not to be true…but I applaud your tenacity to getting to your sketch book every day for the last 56!! Give yourself lots of credit for that!! Wonderful sketches!