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Heather Ross Challenge – One Week

Between getting really sick and spending large amounts of time putting fabric around comic book boards, there has been almost no sewing lately.

However, the one thing I have kept up on is the Heather Ross Drawing Challenge. When I was teaching at UC Santa Cruz, I told my game design students that they could be good at anything, it just required them to practice the crap out of it. But of course, I didn’t take my own piece of advice… I’ve wanted to improve my drawing for years. I’ve got some basics down from when I took some art classes years ago, but I’d draw one thing, get frustrated, and move on.


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So when Heather Ross posted her drawing challenge – draw every day for 3 weeks – I had to try it. It’s been one week, and I thought I’d post my progress, because I’m really excited by it! I really want to be able to draw animals, so my drawings have almost entirely focused on my pets.

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I definitely still have frustrating days, and days where I suddenly can’t draw for some reason, but it’s been a great exercise for me to work past that, and not give up. And it makes the successes so much more meaningful. I took pictures of every page of my sketch book and posted them to flickr, including the ones that frustrated me, so I have a
visual journal of my progress.

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Is anyone else doing the challenge? It’s not too late, and I’d say it’s really worth it if drawing is something you want to improve at.

-Anne

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