21 days to be a better artist

Noah Bradley
Mar 4, 2015 · 7 min read

(even if you’re terrible)

(and it’s ok if you are)

Let me get this out of the way, to shut up the insufferable talent-mongers of the internet: art is a skill. If you can learn to program or learn to read, you can probably learn to be halfway decent at art.

And if you’re already halfway decent, you can be better. This article is about both of those things. All it takes is 21 days. You probably have some paper & pencils/pens around you, so you have the required materials already.

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This is me. Not practicing.

What you’re going to do for 21 days

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I drew this tree.

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This has nothing to do with forming a habit. It’s just a couple of my sketchbook pages.

It’s time to make a habit.


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This is a Bargue copy. It’s a fairly simple way to learn to draw. The video I linked demonstrates how I drew this.

This is how you practice art

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These are master studies, done after landscape painters who are better than me. Click on that link over there to watch me do these (and more).
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Another, longer, master study. If you recognize it, it’s probably because it was on my “Don’t go to art school” article that made art schools love me so much.

#21days

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Addendum: the results

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