Most of the excuses for not drawing is lacking of ideas. On part 1 of this journal I explained why I find it useful to keep a notebook with you, and to write down your ideas whenever possible.
This second part is about developing the habit of drawing. Hope you find it useful!
Create the habit of drawing
First thing to know about creating new habits is that it works kinda like inertia law:
"An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force. An object in motion continues in motion."
Which means that the more you postpone your drawings the more you'll feel like delaying them. This procrastination abyss can be endless. For instance, I didn't draw anything in 2013 until the end of August when I bought my first Moleskine.
However the opposite is true. The more you draw and get your stuff done the more you'll feel like keeping up the work flow.
where do I even start?!
"Breaking the Ice" is often the hardest part of overcoming procrastination habit. Just get it started!
Draw something basic just to warm up, start with a drawing study or a character that you're familiar with.
Set a timer for, let's say, 5 minutes, and get to work. It's only 5 minutes, it can't hurt right?
Stop when the alarm sounds — if you feel like it. You can increase those first 5 min. to 10, then 15 and so on : D
Are you a morning person or a night walker?
Knowing your natural energy patterns may be quite useful when beating procrastination. Yeah, it's usually better if you go to sleep early and wake up early, you probably heard that a lot of times — but that doesn't work for me, personally speaking. I love to work at late night xD
As you have a sleep pattern you also have a productive pattern. Hit the most challenging projects when you're feeling more efficient.
Break the project into a set of smaller, more manageable tasks. Start with some quick, small tasks if you can.
You'll feel that you're achieving things, and so perhaps the whole project won't be so overwhelming after all.
On my doodles, I always go from the easiest part to the hardest/detailed part.
If you have any questions about any of the topics let me know on the comments!
That's all for now guys, thank you so much for the support. Also, thank you anyone and everyone who voted/commented on my recent poll. It'll guide my future tutorials regarding drawings. 8)