Week 07

Calendar Week: 28

How many hours did I work on my skill?

Day Hours
Monday 1
Tuesday 0
Wednesday 0
Thursday 0
Friday 0
Saturday 0
Sunday 0
Total 1


What did I work on?

Nothing really. I had some friends stay with us for the week so I wasn't able to get much time to myself. I notice it's difficult to find time for yourself when you're hosting.


What did I struggle with?

Finding time for myself


What went well?

Nothing


How can I improve for next week?

Start drawing again


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Week 06

Week 06

Calendar Week: 27

How many hours did I work on my skill?

Day Hours
Monday 0
Tuesday 0.75
Wednesday 0.75
Thursday 0
Friday 0.5
Saturday 0.75
Sunday 0
Total 2.75


What did I work on?

Started to create my own drawings on Illustrator


What did I struggle with?

Being creative. I need to start designing my own drawings more, that way I can figure out my own style.


What went well?

I'm getting better at creating digital art on Illustrator


How can I improve for next week?

Draw more. However, I know I have some friends visiting me next week so that could be an issue. I need to see if there's a way I can squeeze in time for drawing.


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Week 05

Week Commencing 24/06/19

How many hours did I work on my skill?

Day Hours
Monday 0
Tuesday 1
Wednesday 0.5
Thursday 0
Friday 0.5
Saturday 1
Sunday 0.5
Total 3.5


What did I work on?

The first half of the week I focused on sticker packs from the messenger app known as 'Line'. They have kawaii designs that I like and would like to replicate. I made it a goal for this week to transfer over to digital art. I used my Wacom tablet that was gifted to me by my girlfriend and played around with both Photoshop and Illustrator. After a lot of back and forth, I realised that Illustrator was the one for me.


What did I struggle with?

Transferring over to digital art. It's a lot different to paper and pencil, but I think it's important to be able to get better at using a tablet in order to progress with this skill.


What went well?

Once I got accustomed to the program Illustrator I felt that the drawing experience became fluid. I'm sure the more time I spend using a tablet, the better I will get.


How can I improve for next week?

Spend more time on the tablet and drawing in Illustrator.


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Week 04

Week Commencing 17/06/19

How many hours did I work on my skill?

Day Hours
Monday 0
Tuesday 0.75
Wednesday 0.75
Thursday 0
Friday 0
Saturday 0
Sunday 0
Total 1.5


What did I work on?

This week I was focusing on the kawaii sticker design packs that can be found on popular messaging platforms.


What did I struggle with?

Finding time to sit down and practice drawing.


How can I improve for next week?

Be consistent with my practice time.


A goal to work towards for next week?

Try to transfer a drawing over to the computer


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Week 03

Week Commencing 10/06/19

How many hours did I work on my skill?

Day Hours
Monday 0.5
Tuesday 1
Wednesday 0.5
Thursday 0.75
Friday 0.5
Saturday 0.75
Sunday 0.75
Total 4.75


What did I work on?

Recreating examples of good kawaii art as well as attempting to create my own drawings.


What did I struggle with?

Being creative enough to design my own sketches


How can I improve for next week?

Continue exploring other styles of kawaii art and recreating it.


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Week 02

Week Commencing 03/05/19

How many hours did I work on my skill?

Day Hours
Monday 0
Tuesday 0.5
Wednesday 0.5
Thursday 0.5
Friday 0.5
Saturday 0
Sunday 1
Total 3


What did I work on?

Copying pieces of work that inspires me. There seems to be a language to kawaii expressions that I have yet to understand. I'm hoping the more that I expose myself to different examples, the more that I pick up its rules.


What did I struggle with?

Finding enough time to sit down and sketch. I've been overseas visiting my new niece so I don't feel too bad about not working on the skill hard enough.


What went well?

I feel like I'm picking up the technique to working on the basic shapes first. It'll be interesting adding colour, or shifting over to the computer. For now, I still think I need to focus with just the pencil and paper.


How can I improve for next week?

Spend more time with the sketchbook. I need to keep exposing myself to inspiring kawaii art.


A goal to work towards for next week?

Spend at least an hour a day working on this skill.


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Week 01

Week Commencing 27/05/19

How many hours did I work on my skill?

Day Hours
Monday 1
Tuesday 1
Wednesday 1
Thursday 1
Friday 1
Saturday 1
Sunday 0
Total 6


The beginning

I've always wanted to be able to be confident in my drawings. Being a graphic designer, I'm no stranger to design, but I've always lacked the skill of drawing and sketching. A lot of my work revolves around the computer, but I rarely pick up the pencil to sketch anything out.

I've decided to work on my sketching and drawing abilities by focusing on a specific type of style, kawaii to be exact.

The style has always been attractive to me and I've always wanted to be able to sketch something and be confident with it.

I know nothing about it's origins or the rules, but I realise in order to get good at drawing I just need to copy other peoples work and expose myself to their creativity.

I would love to be able to design my own characters, but I think I'm far from that goal. For now I just want to focus on copying other peoples work and seeing how I get on.


How do you get better?

As I've begun this journey, I often come back to the same thought process of 'how do you get better at drawing?' Everyone has their own style and there's no right or wrong. What might be a harsh line to you, might be something else to another person.

I don't think I have an answer to this question and it's something that I have to keep on tackling throughout my journey.

Perhaps, in the journey itself I will find the answer.


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