Two weeks into January, I made a resolution. I just finished a sketchbook and opened a new one to start in. I draw (almost) every day, but it’s not always an entry in the same sketchbook. I keep a few sketchbooks at the same time, you could say my creative timeline is divided between sketchbooks. But there’s always the main sketchbook I keep close by and take with me everywhere.
I decided that for this sketchbook I would do a daily entry. I would date them using my alphabet letter stamps, so I would keep a set of those alongside my sketchbook and pencil case. I was stoked about the simplicity and started full of enthusiasm!
this is the first entry, done while chatting with friends in a cafe:
Guess what happened
I failed. After four days already, I failed!
Okay, it wasn’t entirely my fault because I fell sick with the flu. And I mean really sick. Not just a cold…. no, the nasty flu that makes it impossible you can’t stand on your feet or see straight. I even saw things that weren’t there and all sorts of dark thoughts hovered over me in the dark bedroom. For days I couldn’t do anything, let alone draw.
I could have gotten discouraged by failing not even a week into the project, but why would I? I hated just skipping those days, or leave empty pages and as soon as I could hold a pen again, I decided I **could still journal about my days, even without those daily drawings.
And slowly but steadily, I got back into it again! It was easy, and that’s because the ‘assignment’ I gave myself was simple and not too daunting. I can’t wait to fill my next page tomorrow!
I’d love to encourage you to join me in stumbling through good resolutions. Pick up your new year resolution project or challenge again. If it seems too big of a hurdle, reconsider it and simplify it. It should be fun and easy to make it a daily habit (because it’s fun!).
And if you’re up for a bigger project, something you’ve always wanted to do (a picture book? printed fabric? greeting cards?),but you don’t know how to start, let alone finish it, then take a look at the latest Sketchbook Skool kourse, which is all about process: Illustration Nation.
Hi I'm Koosje. I'm an illustrator and art teacher in Amsterdam, where I was born and raised. I went to school to study graphic design, then worked for ten years as an award-winning professional photographer. But eventually my love of drawing and painting took over and I became an illustrator. My illustrations have been published in many Dutch magazines and in 2011, I began blogging and started developing and teaching online art classes. In 2014 I founded Sketchbook Skool, which is a flourishing community of artists from around the world of all skill levels. View all posts by Koosje Koene