Make marks with paper and pen.
Make anything, it doesn’t matter.
Don’t call it art if that’s too intimidating.
Instead, call it the-thing-I-made.
Don’t focus on the entirety of the-thing-I-made, if it’s ‘good’ or if it ‘works.’
Instead, look for the tiniest of interesting areas details.
A curve of a shape, a criss-cross of lines, an unexpected smudge.
Cut up the work and keep just those details if you like.
Any ‘mistakes’ can give you feedback.
Repeat this process regularly.
“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out,” – Robert Collier
There’s no better time than the present moment to start making art. Here’s what you need to do:
- Get a pen and paper or whatever is lying around nearby – old receipts and envelopes work just as well as blank paper.
- Make some marks for 2 minutes. Increase time as you progress.
- Repeat daily. Voila, you’ve begun making art!
Stuck as to what to draw? What’s in front of you: food, pets, family, faces, plants, shoes or possessions. From your imagination: doodles, cartoons, dreams, patterns, shapes or words. Fun experiments: blind drawings, using your non-dominant hand, foot or mouth, dot to dot, use a stick or draw in the dark.
If you’re silently expecting to be as good as artists like Da Vinci or O’Keeffe right away, you’re going to be VERY disappointed. Your art will be messy, ‘bad’ and gloriously filled with wonderful mistakes (aka learning potential). Focus on the fun making something out of nothing and continue in the face of disappointment that you’re not a master artist immediately. It takes time and a lot of practice to move past the beginner artist stage, but this stage is the most exciting and messy because everything is new and you can make your own rules as you go. Embrace the fun of being a beginner!
“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.” — Robert Collier