Episode 425 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast — October drawing starts today (although it was still a few days away when I recorded this show). I’ll be drawing portraits with the #inktoportraits list and making sure to get my daily dose of creative time in. You?
In this episode of the CMP, some October drawing talk, #inktoportraits, and random musings on the reality that it is easier to simply stop doing things than it might seem, even things you think are really well-ingrained and important. No matter what leads you to a moment of “I think I’ll just take a break from that for a week” (or stop doing that, stop showing up there, stop playing that role), the reality is that a small break can easily slide into something longer and larger and lasting. And the road back from a small break can be difficult.
I know this has been the subject of shows in the past, and I know that for many people, stopping doing something can be really hard. Making a habit can also be really hard. There are elements of these statements that mirror one another, flip sides of a single coin. But once again I find that even dabbling in the idea of taking a break from something can often slide, subtly, into simply not doing. It’s easier to stop than you might think, and, honestly, that’s a frightening reality when it comes to things like creativity, daily walks, friendship, self-care, documentation, and a host of other important and meaningful things you might routinely do. The things we feel most attached to shouldn’t be so easy to stop.
The portrait-focused prompt set I’ll be using in October can be viewed here.
Draw Along Timed Drawing
The drawing I started while recording this show was this inspiration pick from Sktchy.
Mentioned in this Episode (or Related)
- Episode 262: Inktober (2017)
- Episode 263: Inktober Shift (2017)
- Episode 265: Inktober Week 1 (2017)
- Episode 332: Accordion (2018)
- Nature Guide (370) (2019)
- Uni-Gel Alpha Shaker pencil (mine is listed as “slightly firm” – but it’s super cushy; they do come in other softness/hardness ratings. I really do love this shaker!)
- Pentel Hi-Polymer Block Eraser, Large, White (these things disappear like socks; you can never have too many white erasers lying around)
- Moleskine Art Sketchbook (what I’m using for regular drawing)
- Moleskine Art Sketchbook — the REALLY big one — A3 (11.75″ x 16.5″)
- Micron Pens
- Sktchy app for inspiration photos
- Zebra Fudes (good for filling in)
- Pentel Fudes
- Micron 08 (larger nib good for thicker lines or filling in small-medium spaces)
- Micron 01 (favorite for drawing)
- Micron Sampler (6 count)
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