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For the New Year, I challenged myself to draw every day for 15min. I didn't actually get started until Jan 12, but since then I've done it!

Now, just random drawing likely won't get you much better. There's drawing and then there's practice. To give myself a focus, I did the One-Hundred Challenge, where you draw one particular thing 100 times. I chose cats because I really, really like cats. If I spend 5min on each sketch, I should be able to knock all 100 out in just over a month.

Well, it's been just over a month, and the results are in! The differences from my first sketches compared to my latter ones are night and day. Here, take a look:

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Yes, these are supposed to be cats.

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This was halfway through the challenge. Look at the difference. The one cat face I, clearly, used more than 5min, as I wanted it to be special. In the 15min or so I took, I created one of the best cats I've ever drawn. Ever.

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My last day was slightly anti-climatic, as I didn't have the time to fully invest like I wanted for the occassion. Plus, to be honest, I had a bad day... but my bad days are now 10x better than my old good days! That's the definition of progress!

Besides the nice jump in quality, this challenge taught me how to draw quickly, something I've always resisted. It taught me to look for shadows and highlights, to find from where the light's coming. It taught me focus and persistence, as some days I really didn't feel like practising ... but I did. And it taught me the value of a goal. As I got closer and closer to reaching 100, I got more and more excited. I started drawing more, longer, with each completed cat another exciting step further.

After doing so many short, quick sketches, I'm going to try a longer study now, and when that's done start the Challenge over again. If you're interested in doing a similar challenge, which I highly recommend, then I suggest Pixelovely's site: artists.pixelovely.com/ It has loads of stock images, and it can automatically switch to a new image after a set amount of time, perfect for this type of art practice.


I didn't draw much last year, but 2014 is going to be different. This is just the first step! Huzzah!

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JoeZoo

Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
Canada
Hi. I'm JoeZoo, but you can call me Joe. Or Zoo. Or even JZ. Note that I'm Canadian, so that should be pronounced 'Jay-Zed,' please and thank you.

One day I woke up and wanted to be an artist. Despite no former training, knowledge or materials, I picked up a pen and had a go at it. My goal, someday, is to draw a real masterpiece. Until then I'll keep uploading my best works here and try to make my next one even better.

When I'm not drawing, I'm usually reading, practicing martial arts, juggling or just sitting in a chair, cat sleeping in my arms, marvelling at the majesty of life. Life is good. Always remember that.
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Ileina Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch! :tighthug:
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JoeZoo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I watch with pleasure. You're the type of realistic pencil-artist I someday hope to be!
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Naftalina25 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey hey buddy!
I have finally finished the Ninetails! It was hard T-T
But it's quite cute, later go take a look <3
Thanks for watching me :D
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Windspirit-Aquaeris Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for the watch :3
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JoeZoo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was an easy decision. Your ability with traditionally-drawn colours is inspiring. I hope to someday reach that point myself. In the meantime, I'll just have to enjoy your art ^^
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Windspirit-Aquaeris Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :3
I'm glad to hear that.
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slawomirsosinski Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for fave. I apreciate it :)
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Talos-X Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fave!
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JoeZoo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem. You have some beautiful photographs in your gallery.
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Jacklave Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
thanks for the :+fav: ^ ^
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