When one is working at home, garnering the motivation to do work, let alone pursue a hobby is a herculean task. Countless distractions around the house and irresistible lure of food can take away attention from things that are important. Artists are especially one lot that require quite a push to get those creative juices flowing.
So that’s how Kesh, an Instagrammer, started the #100daysofsketching challenge on May 1 where he asked people to draw something for six minutes every day for 100 days and post it on Instagram with the hashtag. Aware that conceptualising something new daily is difficult, he chalked up a list of prompt words for each day open to interpretation.
Artists had to visualise around words like ‘legend, spoink, bugsy, cyber monk, fizzle freak, pongo’, among others. Rules are simple, no need to post a finished drawing, just draw for six minutes without pressure.
And the artists converged to put their pens/brushes/inks to work. With the challenge open to anyone across the world, the creations that have come out of this challenge are truly spectacular and worth a dekko on the 100daysofsketching official page on Instagram
Artist Radha Yamini (@rad_art_1), who took the challenge, says it allowed her to explore her art style. “There is no stress of thinking hard on what to draw due to the prompt word. Unlike the Inktober prompts where you could only use ink, this is more elaborate as it gives us freedom to use any medium and style,” explains Radha. She is loving every moment of her sketching time. “It has become a way of life for me. No matter how busy I am, I make sure to draw something and not give up,” adds Radha.
Abstract, figurative, pencil sketches, portraits, the themes that people have used to create their artworks is vast.
MNC professional Naveen Durgaraju (@naveenart) who draws illustrations as a hobby is of the opinion that such challenges lead to a global artist community and help exchange of ideas. “It helps people with consistency and also explore their skill. You do have to think what to make, as some prompt words are vague. Like ‘Bugsy’ can be interpreted in many ways apart from the actual meaning. So your analytical skills are also getting a workout,” says Naveen who has been drawing every day, but posts his works online sporadically.
Fourteen-year-old Kritarth (@kira._.arts) whose drawings are very cartoon-heavy agrees. “It has been over 80 days and I haven’t skipped a day. I feel motivated and think that I have made some pretty good progress. The challenge felt easy at first because I was so pumped up and would begin drawing really early by following the prompts. But after 50-60 days, it was becoming less interesting and got difficult. I’m happy I have managed to stick to it till the end though.”
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