I Dare You!

Art Prof’s new website The beginning of a new month welcomes the next Art Prof Art Dare, and it’s an unusual but interesting one.

Sadly, I never even made an attempt to doodle my thoughts for last month’s Art Dare, so I’m totting up unfinished challenges as fast as I’m completing them.  I had a couple of ideas for the March Dare, but with so many other demands, I didn’t factor in any creative time.  Oops!

So, this month, we’re being challenged to draw at least two self-portraits using only line, to represent the contrasting sides of our personalities.  I like the theme of this challenge, for its hint of conceptual art and focus on line rather than form.  Fortunately there are also a couple of examples on the Art Prof’s new website for inspiration.  I have amassed numerous sketchbooks over the years, so would like to attempt a few drawings just to try out the different papers.  Well, I did resolve to become prolifically creative.  Now, where did I put the calendar?

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Art Prof Art Dare

My pen wasn’t firing particularly rapidly as I drew these doodles (having done my ‘thinking’ in pencil first).  However, I’ve entered this month’s Art Prof Art Dare (pat on the back), and have a few more charts to complete before the deadline.

Art Prof Art Dare February 2017

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On Your Marks!

Another month, another Art Prof Art Dare.

This month’s challenge is going to be quite different to the previous four (of which I have, as yet, only completed two: a self-portrait, and a still-life).

To enter February’s Rapid Fire Drawing Dare, draw a 2D response to all nine words on at least one of the ten charts available on the Art Prof website.  Here’s a few I did earlier…


These doodles were from Day 28 of Adam Sicinski’s fantastic (and free) IQ Doodle 40-day doodle course.

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Is Procrastination Just an Excuse?

It wasn’t until someone added “procrastination” to my vocabulary that I knew there was an actual word for it.  Before then I just thought I was easily distracted, my attention being willingly drawn to something infinitely easier, more interesting, or less discomforting.

The November Art Prof Dare was an easy one.

The Things We Carry: “…an artwork of the bag you carry most often [which] must include all of the items inside the bag”.  2 November 2016

Art Prof Clara Lieu (ClaraLieu.Wordpress.com)

A drawing of a still-life.  Directly observed.  Straightforward, especially for someone who regularly attends life-drawing class.  And yet I still felt anxious.  Rather than setting up my own handbag still-life, I found myself doing web searches for procrastination cures.

Yes, I know.

When I realised the irony, I shutdown my computer, grabbed my handbag, and tipped out the contents.  And when I started to draw the things in front of me, I felt a physical change, like a switch being flicked…

All the years I’ve described myself as a procrastinator, have I just been lying to myself?  Have I been justifying my self-imposed label, fulfilling my own prophecy by acting it out?  Perhaps I just needed to gently nudge the switch within from “Hold on” to “Go! Go! Go!”.

What’s your excuse?

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Holding Back

“Always start with what you dread the most.”

James Runcie, The Grantchester Mysteries: Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

The anticipation is often more painful than the reality.  But procrastinating until it’s too late feels even worse.

Had I not put off brainstorming my ideas I would have had something to submit for the Art Prof October Art Dare: Your Future Self.  But I stumbled over the insignificant details – What size paper should I use? Coloured pens or a pencil? – And that was just for the initial brainstorm!

Are these genuine concerns, or am I really agonising over what follows that first step, or even what comes along much further down the line?  What I do know is that if I don’t take that first step (the easy one that doesn’t even involve drawing), I don’t even have to think about what comes next.  But there’s no adventure in standing still.

The guilt of not making any start (apart from running the perfect scenario through my head over and over) feels so much worse than staring out a blank page.  But with the start of a new month comes the launch of a new art dare, and I will be drawing for this one.  The brief is The Things We Carry, a direct observation of our daily baggage.  Hmmm… written this way I think it would make an intriguing conceptual brief.  So, what paper should I use for my brainstorm?  And will it be coloured pens or a pencil?!

As I’ve done very little drawing since my self-portrait I’m missing it a lot.  And I can’t let me get away with not doing my homework.  I’ll just have two drawings to hand in at the end of this month.

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