As a working artist, it is important that I spend time each day practicing my drawing
skills. If you don’t practice all the time your chops get rusty and your confidence
wanes. It is so easy to put it off for another day.
I needed to practice more consistently, so I decided to challenge myself to do a
drawing every day. To put a few teeth into the challenge, I started sending out each
drawing early in the morning via email to a group of friends and acquaintances. I
knew that if those folk didn’t receive their daily drawing on time I was sure to
hear about it.
Since I started the Drawing-A-Day email list on November 27, 2011, the list has grown
longer with more people participating and, other than for a few traveling holidays
I have managed to do my daily drawing.
My original intention was to do a drawing a day for a year, but by the end of that
year I was still having fun with the project and, more importantly, I could tell
that my drawing skills had improved. The only way to keep that progress happening
is to keep on drawing.
Several people on my email list asked me if I could make a print available of their
favourite drawing. My initial response was “Yes...but.” I didn’t want to produce
prints of the drawings unless I was sure that they would be of sufficiently high
quality. I researched the possibilities and discovered that I could re-scan the original
image at a higher resolution than I use for email or the web and then present that
quality scan to my local fine art digital printing firm. They use archival quality
pigment-based inks on a lovely 100% cotton rag fine art paper, Canson Edition Etching
My drawings are all of a similar size since each is a page in my sketchbook. They
easily translate into an 8 inch x 10 inch print on 8 and ½ inch by 11 inch paper
for ease of mounting and framing. Please go to “Purchase” for additional information
on obtaining your fine art print.
Typically I do the drawing in the morning, scan it that evening and send it out the
following morning. If you would like to be added to the Drawing-A-Day email list,
just send me an email at: email@example.com