This is the first time I bring myself to do one drawing a day and what a better time to do it than now, during the two week lockdown period. I've realised this is a good exercise when you are in between projects, when inspiration eludes you but you still feel the urge to keep your creativity juices flowing. It's good to do this to maintain a healthy routine and to make drawing a habitual thing regardless of your emotional state. I was wondering if dedicating this time every day to drawing doesn't erode your natural working mood or if you go into a state of imaginative exhaustion but I've noticed that drawing ideas would come more easily with each day. Moreover, this kind of practice silences your internal judge forcing you to assume every drawing without putting too much thought into it. If you decide that you are going to finish the drawing until 6 PM, you won't have time to reconsider the subject, to make the drawing all over again or to fix the 'mistakes'. It's a really sobering exercise that makes you vulnerable and makes you face your current artistic practice.
Most days I've worked using photo reference but I've also done some drawings from life. Sure, it's much harder to be inspired by my current situation when I can't leave my apartment and I don't have a great view being surrounded by tall buildings and cars. That's why it was easier for me to escape in my imagination with characters who are dear to me (Amanda Palmer, Eugen Ionesco, Geta Brătescu) than to linger on real life. Unfortunately, this project has to stop now because I just got a foster dog, a sighthound, who keeps me very busy. But I will draw his portrait soon because he's really cute. Poor Dobby.
Here are the results of the drawing marathon:
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