Well, let’s try this again….. 52 Weeks of Drawings

Last year, yes a year ago, I gave myself a challenge. I challenged myself to draw something at least once a week. I LOVE to draw because it’s relaxing for me… just me and my sketchbook. The thing is, I didn’t make it. I didn’t draw each week. I drew a LOT in the 2013 year, but it was never for my challenge and I sort of just dropped it. I’d really really love to stick with it this year (the full list is below, and I plan to link to each post as I go along).

I drew this little prompt drawing (above) in January 2013 to inspire drawing ideas. I’m going to go with it again.

1. Your choice: This first week of the year is usually pretty busy, starting off with something simple.

2. Self portrait: Draw yourself. ::See Below::

3. Plant

4. 4-legged friend

5. Profile: I always draw a face straight on. What about the side view?

6. A tool you need: Scissors? Pencil? Hammer? Fork?

7. Something you love: What do you love?

8. Your name: Draw out your name. Stay simple or go elegant! Whatever.

9. Fave book: draw the book itself, or a scene from the book.

10. Inspire: Draw someone or something that inspires you.

11. Favorite place

12. Wings

13. Framed: Frame something.

14. Brand new

15. Two: 2 the number, two of something, twins?

16. Music

17. Fave animal

18. Candy land

19. Eyes

20. Bug

21. Bird

22. Family portrait

23. Imaginary

24. Animal personified

25. Hands

26. Hybrid animal: Get crazy.

27. Robotic

28. Movie scene: Favorite movie scene?

29. Sea creature

30. Crafty: Thread, knitting, sewing, whatever.

31. A collection

32. Odd superpower: What’s the most ridiculous superpower you could have?

33. Sky

34. Married couple

35. Fairy tale character

36. Something nearby

37. Tattoos

38. Street lights

39. Silhouette

40. Farm animal

41. Details: Up close and personal.

42. Comic strip: Tell a small comic strip story.

43. Monster

44. Sweet treat

45. Friend

46. Vegetable or fruit personified

47. Holiday

48. Fave food

49. Toy

50. Historic figure

51. Self portrait: start with a self portrait, end with a self portrait.

52. Your choice

I’m starting my 2014 challenge off with #2. Self Portrait. I drew this bearded lady version of myself this week. I look pretty good with a beard, no? Hee.

52 Weeks of Drawings: Self Portrait // thepapermama.com

If you join me, please share a link to your drawing in the comments below!

– Chelsey


  • Sophie on said:

    I will be joining, just did a post featuring your idea, I have changed my list a little though, plus I am starting a month late, but fingers crossed I make it. Love your bearded version of yourself by the way!

    thanks for the great idea.

  • rachel on said:

    my husband & I are attempting your great idea! I made a booklet, is it okay if I use your drawing (with your website name) for the cover page?

  • erin frazee on said:

    Such a cool idea. I took a drawing class a couple years ago and it was SO much fun… I really looked forward to it, my little 2-hour window of creative time on a Saturday. ALAS, then I did nothing with it and I'm pretty sure my india ink and pens are in a box somewhere… crap. Also, if you haven't already, you should check out Danny Gregory's book, Creative License – it's all about keeping visual journals / drawing journals… and it is wonderfully illustrated from cover to cover, amazing inspiration. Anyway, thanks for YOUR inspiration!

  • Paula Morales on said:

    That's an awesome idea! I'm so bad with keeping up with things like that (drawing, blogging, knitting, cleaning, cooking…. everything). I do like to doodle in my PAPER app on my iPad but it's usually ideas for knitting and embroidery. Maybe this will inspire me to stick with something!!

  • Jessica H. on said:

    Oh my gosh! I love this! I'm definitely going to participate. I keep telling myself to pick up my sketchbook again.

  • Jeannel on said:

    FAB idea, Paper Mama! If I were tech savvy, I'd know how to upload a drawing of myself for you! (I'd totally draw myself with a beard, too!)

    It's so funny…there are things we love and enjoy in our lives, and yet it's so easy for us to let the go as the year progresses. Outside of my work (I'm a graphic facilitator), I draw every week…but that's because I do a blog post about how to draw a Good Enough version of something, and if I miss a week I feel sad and a wee bit disappointed.

    Love the idea of a year's worth of drawing prompts at your fingertips! So glad I found this post.

    I can't wait to see what you draw forth,
    Jeannel King

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Well, if you do join in I'd LOVE to see what you come up with. πŸ™‚ <3

  • Crystalyn on said:

    I got all the way to #6 last year. Go me! (I love you as a bearded lady haha)

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Are you joining this year? You can do it! I can do it! Woo!

  • Joni @ Six Cherries on said:

    I really wanted to participate in this last year but never drew the first thing all year. {sad face}. I am not even going to commit to another failure, but I will enjoy seeing your drawings when you post them.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I'd love to have you, maybe you could try once a month? No stress whatsoever. πŸ™‚

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