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Do You Have To Draw Every Day?

When our daughter was still a baby, taking care of her took every minute of the day. I had moments when she was asleep, but those were short. I find that I have to do warm-up sketches before I draw, and the moments she slept were not long enough for that.

Having seen that people who take breaks from creating art find it hard to get back into the habit, I resolved to maintain the creative routine. I started to go to bed at nine in the evening, and I would wake up rested at four or five in the morning. Rising early gave me two hours to draw before the baby woke up and before life began. It was quite satisfying to have already done what you wanted to do that day at six in the morning already! My art skills barely improved over these years, but at least I kept the habit, and soon enough, I was able to give my creative activities much more space in my life. A baby grows up quickly, and it rapidly becomes easier to make time for your art. I don’t have to go to bed at nine anymore, and I maintained a daily creative habit!

Having a baby is a life-altering experience. The baby depends on you for their survival, and they come first. It is entirely worth it! Nothing prepares you for the love you’ll feel. But don’t feel bad about claiming some time to yourself also. The baby sucks you into their world, and you crave doing and talking about grown-up things. Claim time for that, keep your sanity. Don’t feel guilty about that. It’s in the baby’s best interest if you stay happy too.

But I digress.

This newsletter is about developing a daily drawing habit.

Why draw every day? If you want to draw, you have to make it a daily habit. Otherwise, you won’t find it easy to start each drawing session. If you manage to turn it into a routine, it becomes something you do automatically, without thinking, without having to force yourself to start. If you’ve been out of it for a while, it is tough to get back into a drawing habit.

Also, drawing every day develops and maintains your hand dexterity. You become rusty if you haven’t drawn for a while.

But here’s the thing: do I draw every day? No.

Can you draw too much? Yes, you can. You can burn out when you do something too much.

Sometimes, drawing burns me out, and I will do something else, like programming or writing. That way, I do keep a daily creative habit! It’s way easier to get back to making drawings if you maintain a daily creative habit, even if you don’t draw on some days. Maybe you can write a poem or a journal entry. Work on the thing you feel like working on. Follow your Muse. It’s that much easier when you enjoy yourself.

And also, the thing is, life sometimes happens, and you can’t find the time to draw. Be nice to yourself when that happens. Don’t beat yourself up over it, and continue with your drawing habit the next day.

Resting is also a crucial part of the creative process. Don’t skimp on that! Again, be nice to yourself. Take breaks. Make sure you sleep well every night.

And then continue where you left off yesterday!

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