In order to grow as an artist, regular practice or training is necessary. Just like any skill, the more practice the better the skill becomes. Over the last year, I started on a journey of drawing portraits of Canadian musicians. This journey had two purposes. The first being practice. Committing to drawing a variety of Canadian musicians in my sketchbook is a good way to incorporate regular specific practice sessions. Although I have not posted a Canadian artist for a while, it is still a journey I am continuing. What I find interesting as I continue to practice is the freedom in trying new styles, techniques, and artistic feels.
I love any opportunity to explore Canada. This brings me to the next reason for these weekly practice sessions – a celebration of the diverse and rich landscape of Canadian musicians. I had no idea when I started this trek how many great musicians Canada had/has. With this newfound appreciation for Canadian Music, I now find myself incorporating more songs from Canadian artists into my playlist. I think that is pretty cool.
Measuring the Growth
Every once-in-awhile I like to compare portrait work that I have done. I am always surprised by changes that I see in my work. Sometimes it is hard for me to measure where and how growth has happened, but when I compare pieces from a year ago (or even six months) I can see improvements or style changes that I have unknowingly incorporated. What a great feeling!