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I recently read this idea called 'homework for life'. The homework was to spend 5 minutes each day thinking about one. story you would share, then writing it as a sentence.

I love it!

Imagine if you can look back on your life and have 1 sentence for each day lived, if you can do that that you can imagine the power of a daily creative habit.

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Oooh that's nice to think it that way. I think drawing or putting your mind into paper in any way is a healthy way to exercise our brain and focus, considering how occupied we are with lots of things nowadays.

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Is "'homework for life" from Story Worthy? I feel like I've heard it somewhere!

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I just did my homework, and wrote about meeting up with friends and their kids today at a cafe with a playground, and I left space for drawings!

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It is! (I’ve not read it, but heard it from somewhere too!)

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That would really be something, I’m not sure I would ever have the discipline!!! But it would be quite something!

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I'm on day 500 of my draw every day challenge and although it's tough, it's really rewarding too. I've seen a big improvement in my skills and it's a good way to make sure I prioritise my art. Plus it is a good way to give you some headspace also! Though some days it's been very tough when I've been exhausted/poorly/grieving, it does make me proud I still continued even on the tough days.

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What are the toughest parts and how do you overcome it?

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Toughest is when I don't have the energy (physical or mental). Then I just have to push through with a quick 5 min drawing to get it done. Or if I know I'm likely to be back late/tired etc, I try to do it in my lunch break so it's out the way

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I’ve just recently participated in the 100 days of wonder art challenge where we completed a daily artwork based on a given prompt . It made me realize how important it is to create daily and make this a habit . I’ve seen such improvement in my sketching and painting skills

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Do you plan to keep going after 100 days?

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I draw every day because

1 - I love it

2 - I can't help it

3 - It's great self-discipline, even if I'm just making a mark or two

4- it's muscle memory, repetitive forms ("what is the shape of that value?") that after awhile, is almost subconscious and I get those "aha!" moments when I draw something and say to myself, "Wow, I didn't know I could do that".

5 - it improves and increases my skill level(s)

6 - I love it

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For me it’s about momentum and intention. I have the intention to draw every day, and a deep desire to - some days i will and other days it will not be possible. However, setting it as an intention means I will draw MOST days - and as long as I do, I create a habit. This momentum is self perpetuating- and that’s the goal for all of the things that are good for me!

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Well said, it gets away from me too, I run out of day and it becomes the next day! But just like i miss sleep or a meal occasionally, that is never by design!

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I like the dailyISH approach. If it's only most days then I don't get disheartened and stop doing it if life gets busy and I miss a couple of days

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I’ve always rejected a daily practice because we are not robots and life is a twisty, turny thing, but the idea of making drawing a habit, that I could turn to without thinking, without being over ambitious, without having to justify to myself, or others, well that seems worth it… So here I am trying to show up everyday and really enjoying your prompts and skill sharing… Why do I aspire to this you ask? Because for me it’s a way of making visible what lies inside of me, staying in touch with myself … perhaps communicating with others one day?

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I prefer the challenge to be "more days than not" because it removes the layer of stress that "do it every day" (and the unspoken "or you've failed") creates.

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I think a more days then not club is a great idea!

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Totally agree Marion that 'everyday' is just too stressful!

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Making it a daily thing like brushing your teeth keeps it fresh. It also keeps the doubt away and the ideas flowing. I say all this because I believe it but often can’t follow it due to life circumstances (building a house). Huh, “can’t” is not true. I could (and am determined to) draw a line or put some colour down on paper no matter, every day.

I would like to have a collective to be accountable to.

Are you starting one Adam?

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I’m hoping this newsletter can be a kind of collective :)

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May 28Liked by Adam Ming

Hi Adam. I play most days. I may spend a lot of time working on something if I feel especially inspired. Other times I'll empty my head of an idea. I might play with colour combinations or lines and shapes. I love abstract drawing and painting because I'm not so much invested in the outcome as I am in exploring and enjoying the process. I just riff on an idea in my brain or maybe am inspired by something I've seen or something I drew previously and push it further. I draw for me. I wish I had the courage to share my work but it's such a private thing. I've just discovered Substack and it feels a bit quieter here. I enjoy reading people's words. It's a nicer pace and suits me. Maybe once I figure out how to navigate this Substack, I could add my voice. Although I have to say that it still does seem like a lot of content and content makers. My aim is to live a quiet life. To hush the noise as much as possible so I can hear myself if that makes sense. Thank you for this opportunity to think about and respond to your question. Rachelle, Australia

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Wishing you luck with the quiet, it must be possible!

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May 23Liked by Adam Ming

I have been drawing every day for over six years; and I'm happy to report that I have not missed a day yet - despite broken bones and other life interruptions. Some days they are the quickest of quick sketches, but most days they have become a cherished meditative break in my day. Sitting to draw can calm rattled nerves and a racing mind.

I started this practice while I was seeing an accupuncturist on a weekly basis, and when he asked me how my week had been, I rarely had a clear response. Thus I decided that taking time to sit and draw every day would make me slow down and pay more attention.

Over time the "why" has changed, and every time I cross the threshold of completing another year, I wonder if I'll continue. And then the next day arrives and it feels like I can't not "do my drawing".

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how do you pick what to draw? would you recommend it?

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May 23Liked by Adam Ming

I highly recommend it for all kinds of reasons. Not least if which is a practice of letting go of the outcome. There's always tomorrow, if today's drawing isn't to your liking.

How I decide what to draw is... A good question. It depends what else is going on that day. If I have a second cappuccino in the afternoon I almost always draw that! If there are flowers... And then some days I will simply make random marks on the page, or even do a small collage. I define drawing quite broadly.

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Wow Jessyca! That's amazing that you've managed to keep the practice for over 6 years and never missed a day

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Thanks Sophie! It's been quite a journey!

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I aim to draw every day because it makes my brain happier and healthier, and because it helps me improve as an artist.

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It would be good to be able to include images on this thread.

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For each week’s sketchbook project there is a ‘gallery’ and we share pictures there! :)

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Back in 2018 I decided to do a year of daily artmaking because I was a writer who wanted to start making comics and visual stories. I knew I'd get better just by doing it, and I did. Totally changed my life.

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Why do you think the ‘daily’ part was important?

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It gave me clarity about what my focus was each day (making art), and allowed me to explore quantity over quality, freeing me up to experiment/fail/learn/grow instead of obsess over making a perfect thing.

(I got that insight from the book Art & Fear, and I wrote about it here: https://kelceyervick.substack.com/p/how-and-why-to-make-50-pounds-of )

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Thank you for this!, I’m going to link to this it in my starter guide for making art daily!

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