I've been having a devil of a time sketching everyday while juggling a wiggly baby so a few days ago I came up with a plan. Every night before going to sleep I sketch for exactly 5 minutes. I take about a minute to get my head in the game and come up with an idea before tapping go on my timer. Short, sweet and easy peasy. Nightly 5 minute sketching has already taught me a few things:
- 5 minutes is a hella short time to self impose restriction and so far things rarely turn out as I intend. Sounds like a familiar life lesson....
- The short time really allows me to get out of my head not leave any time for second guessing.
- Even though it's such a short time completing it consistently every night feels sooo good.
I'm sure I'll learn a great deal more as time passes. I imagine this idea of setting aside a simple 5 minutes a night towards something you haven't been able to find time for could be used for almost anything. Writing, exercising, woodworking, cleaning, research, crocheting, etc. I bet as time goes by 5 minutes will organically grow to 10, 15, 20 minutes and so on. Already on day three of my nightly sketching I spent an extra 5ish minutes before hand playing around with a previous 5 minute sketch.
I've been posting my sketches most nights on my Instagram.