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This week, alongside my usual drawings I’ve been taking part in a daily drawing challenge, which was announced by Liz Steel. She got the idea from Marc Taro Holmes a few years ago but the aim was to sketch 100 different people over the course of 5 days.

Although I enjoy going out with the Urban Sketchers I usually exclude people from those drawings because they seem too complicated, or they move around too much. So this was a really good challenge for me because every one of my 100 people was drawn from real life in a public place.

I still feel a bit nervous because the people you’re drawing (and sometimes the ones you’re not drawing) might notice what you’re doing or at least notice that you keep looking at them, but the good thing is that I completed this challenge anyway and that feels like an achievement.

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My sketches started off on Monday as scratchy little figure drawings done from a distance but by this morning I was sitting in the middle of a busy cafe making sketches of people’s faces.

In the past if there’s something I’ve wanted to get better at drawing then I’ve often pushed myself to do it every single day for a month (or longer in the case of my patterns last year). This was similar but much more intensive because instead of drawing one thing each day I drew 15-25.

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The real challenge though, is to keep working on this skill now the week’s over.

Is there an aspect of your creative work that you’d like to improve but keep avoiding? Do you think an intensive daily challenge like this one could improve your ability and confidence?

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