10 Minute Covid-19 Procreate Practice

Here’s a little exercise I gave myself to practice, to keep myself motivated and creative, as well as trying to put a smile on peoples face whilst in lockdown.

As a designer, it’s always important to keep yourself motivated, creative, and inspired. Unfortunately being locked in a house, for me anyway, has really put a pin on the opportunities to go out and get some inspiration. So I’m going to share with you a little project I gave myself last week, to give myself a chance to practice, and stay creative. So it started out as a little simple sketch last week, and escalated into something I kicked off each day with.

So, I’ll give you a little overview of where it all came from. Here is the first illustration I started with. I was actually just drawing a little illustration of a cactus for the Lol’s. Then, at the end, added a little tagline ‘Don’t be a prick’, because a fellow designer was annoying me, and I thought it’d be funny if I sent it to him over Slack.

From there I decided I would start floating through the internet looking for other funny memes for objects and animals that I could illustrate in a similar way. So, I decided to put a pin in the style, the stroke weight, shading techniques, font style, background etc. so that they’d all work together consistently. And here is where I got to with them all.

Obviously I didn’t come up with these quirky titles myself 🤣. I think overall, some work, some not so good, but at the end of the day, they were all just purely for practice.

One restriction I gave myself was to time-box myself. I’d only spend 10 mins on each one. Simplicity was key. I didn’t want to spend all day on these. I just wanted to use them to give me some encouragement each morning. Then I’d have something to share socially on Instagram, Linkedin, Facebook etc, just something to try put a smile of people’s face whilst in lockdown.

So that’s it. Like I said, this is all throw away stuff. Just something to give me a way to create, smile and spam 😂. I find a lot of times designers are way too serious. Go ahead, try out a similar project yourself. You’ll be surprised how much fun it is to create something just for fun.

Here is the full series in all it’s glory. I probably should have kept going with these, they were so much fun. But I’ve already kicked off another little series so watch this space…

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