>> Just one second ... I finish this mail, then I'll draw ... <<
The intention is here. You really want to draw regularly.
But, guess what: after this email, there's is another one waiting for you. Hooray 😅
Well, you need to answer this email as well, don't you?
And then it's time for lunch... You're cooking the noodles... still in mind to really draw afterwards... But after lunch, a lot of tasks are already waiting for you. Better you do them now then later...
Ok. Let's stop here. You get the idea. And I guess you know what I'm talking about. I've been there, too.
But then I started to analyze the reasons that prevent me from drawing daily. And a BIG roadblock was this one:
It takes so much time. One hour of drawing can be really long - when 100s of emails are waiting for you. Oh... and when you should do a bit of sports as well...
This was the starting point of the 3-Minute Drawings. Litte drawings to any topic - done within 3 minutes.
Wow. And there's still time for going for a walk afterwards:
CHECK✅ drawing exercise CHECK ✅ sports
3 reason why 3 min are so effective:
🎨 as we have only 3 minutes, we are more FOCUSED
🎨 we draw MORE OFTEN (3 min are always feasible during the day, right? I mean ... 3 minutes!!)
🎨 we have no results expectations, because a 3 minute-sketch is NEVER PERECT, and that's okay.
What happens after the first days ...
At the beginning, you'll feel stressed.
>> 3 minutes!! Are you kidding? No one can make a drawing in 3 minutes, that looks good! <<
And then you'll get used to these 3 minutes. Before you start the drawing, you will look at the motif differently:
What is the most special characteristic of it? What shall I instantly draw to make the motif recognizable?
You get suddenly a feeling for these 3 minutes. (You might even finish the sketch BEFORE the time is up.)
and then... you can't imagine a day without drawing anymore. These 3 minutes have become part of your day. Part of your living. Your special moments.
And this is the moment, when drawing becomes a daily habit. And no email in the world will prevent you from sketching 3 minutes.
Here's an exercise for you. To open up to the power of 3 minutes.
Sketchbook, pencil & hourglass/stopwatch ready?
... but before you turn the hourglass and start sketching, remember:
A 3-minute sketch is NEVER PERFECT. Simply enjoy the drawing process - no matter how the result looks like, your hand has learned a lot.
You might like a little hint, how you can quickly sketch the cat.
This helps to speed up the drawing process and to keep special characteristics of the cat in mind.
How are your experiences? Did you enjoy your minutes of sketching?
That's wonderful! I've lots of drawing tips and stunning references for you!
As the daily 3 minutes are so effective, I've created a entire class out of it. This class consists of 1 email per day (with a reference picture and a drawing tip) plus 2 live calls via Zoom, so that I can show you step by step challenging drawing motifs and methods how to draw them.
Feel inspired: By sketching only 3 minutes a day
Focus on your daily drawing minutes & enjoy the process. I'll care for the rest: the inspiration, the daily learning dose & the challenging topics.
Barbara walks you through the whole process step by step.
She makes you feel that you can do it. She makes it so easy and shares so helpful tips that you will feel that it is possible for you.
— Heidi Seidl
About the Author
Hallo, I'm an award-winning illustrator and drawing tutor from Austria. After great experiences in the Marketing and Database sector, I finally realised that I simply need to follow my enthusiasm and fascination for drawing and illustrating.
What fascinates me most, is this way to communicate without using any words. So expressive, so global. And this leads me to my second fascination about drawing: the exchange with others, with you! In my drawing courses I simply love to see the enormous developments of each participant - initiated by exchange and practice. That's what I like to do here, too.
The idea for this blog comes from the bottom of my heart: to get you close to drawing and to show you that you too can draw #drawinggang It's all about learning to feel the drawing!