Less than a year ago, I started a little sketching project on a whim. I did it quickly and without really thinking it through. My main goal was to simply have a documented daily creative practice. Documented, so that I would have to commit to doing it and I would feel accountable. Daily because I wanted to stay grounded. And 10,000 sketches was suddenly born.
I've just reached 500 sketches. This may not sound like a lot. But it IS a lot! At least for me. (ok, it's NOT as much as 900,000...)
What I've learned is that after 500 times of doing something you definitely get better! Now I can sometimes sketch a thing that is recognizable when I'm done with it. I'm not so sure that's true for some of my earliest sketches but it's true now. I've never been able to draw. My high school art teacher actually told me that drawing 'wasn't my thing'. And I believed her. But I found my own way to do it and with enough practice, I think anyone can do it. I'll never be a Leonardo, but I'm not trying to be and I don't need to be.
I've become really attached to having a daily practice. Reliant on it even. There are days every once in a while when I just can't get to it because life gets in the way, and I really notice it missing from my day. It's the few minutes every day that I get to sit and think while doing exactly what it is that I want to do. Those moments seem rare but this is a way for me to insert more of them into my life.
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I'm not sure I really thought I was capable of continuing this project for so long. I am easily distracted when it comes to creative pursuits. But 500! I've successfully completed 5% of my project now. (I'm already thinking about how I'm going to miss this project when it's over!)
I have a long ways to go but the journey so far has been far more valuable to me than I ever thought it would be. I don't really think anyone is watching, kind of like this blog. But I know. And it feels good.
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I'm on my way and it's really achievable.
Jump people. Find a little ledge and jump into whatever the thing is that you need to jump into. If I can do it, anyone can.