14 day challenge

14 day challenge - student project

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Day 1 - a small turkish lantern

Fun: 8/10
Confidence: 9/10
Progress: 10/10 (just because I think even small efforts count as progress)

I think I got the basic shape right. I drew it way faster than I thought I would. I tried to resist my need for perfection and be more free. 

I can plan better next time, because I just sat down and drew whatever in whatever angle.

I am surprised I added so much detail, it's like I wasn't even there when I was drawing.

My weakness is that I often overestimate my ability and that's when I stop practising. And I also try too hard to be perfect.

The more I look at it, the more I like the detail though. 

it's interesting, I got a very different glimpse of what art can be. And I'm really curious to see how this process will unfold.

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Day 2 - a lip balm container

I forgot to write my intentions for both days before starting...

Fun: 9/10
Confidence: 8/10
Progress: 10/10

My shapes are more accurate than yesterday. The composition is also better. I could maybe add some shadows next time. I'm surprised I like it so much. It looks cute and pretty to me. My favourite part of that sketch is that I like it better than my first one. I only used an ink marker with both sketches. 

My takeaway from today is that practice really does help, even if it's so simple. I should also try different mediums next. 

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Day 3 - the lamp in the living room

Intention: get more creative with sketching (which didn't happen, I still drew more realistically)

Fun: 9/10
Confidence: 8/10
Progress: 9/10

For such a short amount of time I think I got it pretty much right. I'm surprised that each day I can see myself getting better. I honestly love my sketch, I love even the mistakes. I continue to be impressed how little it takes to see improvement. I used a mechanical pencil.

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Day 4 - my orchid

Intention: to let loose

Fun: 5/10
Confidence: 6/10
Progress: 7/10

I used watercolour for this one. I think it looks relatively stable and proportionate. I could try to be looser next time. 
Overall, I think it looks good. I'm pleased with the result.

My takeaway: BE LESS CONTROLLED!

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Day 5 - my perfumes

Fun: 8/10
Confidence: 8/10
Progress: 9/10

This time I was more free with my drawing. I should try different angles and different positions to challenge myself, I notice I'm still being 'safe'. I'm surprised I manage within the given time. I'm not too pleased with the colours I chose but I'm happy with my sketch. I'm definitely more comfortable with watercolour than any other medium that I have tried so far. I was definitely more concentrated today.

Takeaway: It's a very healthy habit to sketch every day. I thought I would be so frustrated by now but I'm still OK. I definitely want to keep this practice to sketch objects around me!

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Day 6 - a pot

Fun: 9/10
Confidence: 8/10
Progress: 8/10

I found that I get more and more concentrated everytime I do my sketches. It's a simple object but I had more trouble with it than with other more detailed ones. The first attempt looked bad but it went alright from then on. It finally looked OK when I put some watercolour. 

My main weakness is that I don't observe enough before starting to sketch. 

I love the way the shadows turned out and I think it looks really cute.

Takeaway: watercolour is my friend.

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Day 7 - a tomato mincer

Intention: to relax and let loose

Fun: 9/10
Confidence: 8/10
Progress: 9/10

I think I got the shapes right. I felt comfortable using ink and I enjoyed it. I think my shading needs improving. I'm surprised how much easier it is for me to draw with liquid mediums. I think my weakness is that I still hold back and try to be perfect. I like how my sketches turned out.

Takeaway: My hand is is injured right now but I still take the time and put in the effort to sketch because I enjoy this process and I do feel like I've learned very important things. I guess my takeaway  would be that having fun really is an integral part of the process!

7th day overall commentary - I feel most comfortable with watercolours or other mediums that can be used in a similar way. Those sketches turn out better than the ones done with markers or pencil. It is a good habit to draw everyday, I also find myself getting excited that I get to do it. 
I guess I lean towards objects with more detail in them.

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Day 8 - a turkish sugar box

Fun: 7/10
Confidence: 9/10
Progress: 5/10

The shadows are kind of OK. I don't know what I could improve next time. I don't like it that much, I don't think it turned out well. 

Takeaway: Bad days happen...

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Day 9 - the shower

Fun: 9/10
Confidence: 8/10
Progress: 7/10

The colour of the actual shower is silver but I wanted to have fun and made it rainbow. Today I enjoyed drawing more than yesterday. My proportions are a bit off. My weakness is that I'm lazy with my sketches. I don't think I put in enough effort. My favourite part is the colours. I like how they blend.

Takeaway: Have more fun with art!

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Day 10 - the lamp in the dining room

Fun: 5/10
Confidence: 6/10
Progress: 6/10

I got the shapes right. Next time I should fix my mood before sketching. I've been feeling unwell these past days and it shows in my sketches as they don't turn out that good. I like the lines the best.

Takeaway: learn to rest and recharge emotionally.

P.S. Because I was really unwell yesterday, I skipped sketching and decided to do both of them today, so that's why Day 10 and Day 11 have the same date.

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Day 11 - a popsicle mold

Fun: 8/10
Confidence: 7/10
Progress: 7/10

I like how my sketches look better after I add colour. I like this sketch, it's cute and fun. I can't find anything that bothers me. I love the pink colours the most.

Takeaway: colour is my friend!

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Day 12 - an ashtray

Fun: 7/10
Confidence: 8/10
Progress: 7/10

I like how much faster I get out of an art block by drawing every day. I've never experienced this before (I've never drawn every day before so...). Even though this sketch isn't good I started getting excited to draw again. I should learn to draw better ovals. I like the lower ashtray better.

Takeaway: drawing regularly can be helpful with art blocks too!

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Day 13 - a salad dressing container set

Fun: 9/10
Confidence: 8/10
Progress: 8/10

I did a pencil drawing first and then repeated it with an ink marker. I wasn't trying to bring anything special to the sketch. I think it looks fine. The perspective is somewhat good too. I think my main weakness is laziness. I like the toothpick container the best, I think it looks cute.

Takeaway: follow through with commitments!!!

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Day 14 - a russian oatmeal box

Fun: 9/10
Confidence: 9/10
Progress: 9/10

I like how it turned out. It looks a lot like the real one. My perspective is lacking but that's fine. I'm surprised the lettering looks that nice. 

Takeaway from the last 14 days: I feel delighted and grateful I took on this challenge and plan on continuing it. I definitely prefer using ink markers and watercolours. I'm into realistic but loose drawings sometimes and at others I prefer to be more exact with my lines. Establishing a habit to sketch every day can help me a lot. I think just forcing myself to sketch these last 14+ days (because I skipped 2) showed me how much faster I can overcome art blocks and showed me how greatly influenced I am by negative emotions. I wish to see how such a challenge will influence me in the future! Thank you!

Martina Zhila
Art student