Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Art Journal, Tuesday Tips & Art Tips | 3 comments


And this is our last post in the series of posts on practical ways to study from life! You can view the Introduction, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 if you’d like a refresher on what we’ve already covered! Today we’re going to talk about motivation.

Tip 3: Stay Motivated

If you’re anything like me, sometimes motivation to actually get up and do it can be hard to come by. So in this post I’m going to list some ideas on how to stay movtivated, and then you can share your ideas in the comments!!


Ways to Stay Motivated


– Pray!

Make your sketching from life start with prayer. Pray for help in staying consistent, for ideas, for guidance and for inspiration.

– Look at Other Artists’ Work

Carefully select some artists that you admire and be inspired by their artwork. It is a good idea to ask one of your parents to help you make your selection. (Your parent can protect you from inappropriate artwork.) Study what the artists do and ask yourself questions as you study. How did they create the leaves? What kinds of brush strokes or pencil strokes did they do? How did they handle the lighting?

– Get Connected with Other Artists

Find some artists that you can get connected with and share what you’re working on with them. Ask if they’d like to share on a regular basis and perhaps decide on challenges to complete together.

– Become Accountable

Commit to doing a sketch a week and have someone hold you accountable to see that it gets done. You could even start a mentorship with an artist you admire and ask them for advice, assignments and guidance in your work.

What are your ideas on how to stay motivated? I’d love to hear them!!