Yesterday was my 365th day of #pranitasdrawingaday. At first I was really confused about what my final drawing should be, and I began reflecting on the last 365 days. This project has helped me in a lot of ways – it taught me to create discipline. It taught me to stop beating myself if the drawing isn’t perfect but instead to enjoy the process of drawing. It taught to experiment without having any final goal. It is really difficult to think of something to draw everyday, which is how I started observing things more and more. And I don’t only mean observing people and the environment; I began observing my moods, my feelings, my emotions, and tried capturing them on paper. This helped analyse a lot of my problems and de-stress. My confidence as an artist and a person has increased a lot, I had times when I wouldn’t draw until I visualised an idea by the fear of it not looking good on paper. Today, I make lots of drawings, and embrace even the ugly ones, learning something new from each scrapped paper. I realised that creating art for myself or a client isn’t about the final artwork, its about the process of enjoying the artwork.
And these realisations apply to my life as well. The discipline, will and confidence created by drawing everyday has made me a better/ more efficient person. I’m far more comfortable about my work, and myself. And the biggest realisation I got last year from this project is you have to get up and do it, don’t snooze your alarm, just get up, cause its now or never. Whether it is about improving my drawing skills, or about running/exercising more often, or about wanting to be a nicer person. Waiting for anything to happen that’s fully in your control is just wasting time. And I urge everyone to do something they like doing everyday, whether its drawing, writing or practicing math!
I’d also like to add that #12kindsofkindness by Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman is a fabulous project. I love them first as people and then as designers. It is beautiful how they’re contributing via art and design to help people and themselves. Such therapeutic self-initiated projects are the ones I thrive on. Thank you for constantly being an inspiration <3