The First 21 Days
The First 21 Days

Noah Bradley — the mad genius behind the phenomenal blog post “Don’t Go to Art School” — drew a line in the sand today by challenging artists (like you and me) to draw an hour a day for the next 21 days. That’s an easy challenge to make, obviously, but Noah does one better by providing some structure to the challenge. To top it all off, he links to several key videos that back up the plan with some pretty compelling results by some pretty compelling people.

The original blog is here — 21 days to be a better artist

I can’t urge you strongly enough to go read that post. Whether or not you’re an artist, there’s something valuable in the teaching there. And when Tim Ferris, Josh Kaufman and Noah Bradley are all saying the same thing, you damned well better listen.

The timing on this, at least for me, couldn’t be better. Since I decided in my last post to push forward with my life-long dream of being a concept artist, the inevitable question I then faced was, “Okay! So… what do I do now?” This answers that quite nicely. It’s a nice habit-forming phase with a little bit of structure that will make all the work that follows a little more focused.

For the past few days I’ve been working on getting the hang of digital painting again, and I’ve been snapping screenshots for a future post. That may take a backseat for a spell while I tackle this 21 day challenge. We’ll see! I’ve also been looking at other online resources in places like New Masters Academy and Ctrl+Paint and I’ll be sharing my thoughts on those programs as I delve into them more deeply.

In the meantime, your mission for today — should you choose to accept it — is to read Noah’s post and make sure you watch the videos he links to! Those videos do a lot of the heaving lifting!

In the meantime, start getting your sketches down on paper and feel free to share them in the comments!

(Note: the image in the header was stolen shamelessly from the Noah Bradley post. He owns all the rights and I’m not trying to misrepresent the work as my own. — F.)


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