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How to draw during 365 days

Sat Jan 3, 2015, 9:17 PM
Dsc 0497 (2) by Picolo-kun

By the beginning of 2014 I started this account and uploaded a doodle a day during a year. It was the most challenging thing I ever did and it helped me loads on improving my art.

I've seen a lot of mentions on my inbox about artists that are starting their own 365 Days challenge and I want to write this journal to share what I've learned through my experience and maybe encourage some of you to join this long term journey. :heart:

Post1 by Picolo-kun

It's okay to start simple!

My first doodles were waaay more simple than the other ones. If I had to start the project again I would still do them simple. Of course, starting this challenge is very exciting but it's a dead end if you put a heavy load on yourself at the beginning!

Focus on knowing your pace first. How much time does it take you to finish your drawings? 

Img 20140130 192602 by Picolo-kun

Stay original

On my first 60 days I preferred to stay away from fan art and draw original themes only. That way I could develop a style and gain confidence on what I was doing.

 I know this "fan art VS original art" has been discussed about a bazillion times here on deviantART  and it's not like I don't enjoy making tributes to my favorite things but looking back at the project the original doodles have a bigger impact on me than the fan arts.  

D (5) by Picolo-kun

Fan Arts

If you still want to make fan arts: go for it, they're delicious to make! Put your favorite characters into themed series like a Halloween compilation, for instance. Just make sure to add your own spin on them! 

Asa by Picolo-kun


Remember that drawing now has become a part of you, it is as daily as brushing your teeth. You're making it into a habit. One of the main flaws of my 365 days challenge was drawing it in random periods of the day then starting to draw on late nights. That made me confused about which day I was submitting and I had to make up for the late doodles in the end.

Try your best to keep a routine. It can be early morning or late night, it's important to be continuous.

2014-10-03 17 by Picolo-kun


People ask me all the time about where do I get my ideas. 

Putting a year into perspective one of the most important things for me was to write my ideas. Any of them. A prompt, an inspiring quote or word. Anything. Even if I don't use them immediately, the ideas "grow" in my head and may be drawn in the future. Keeping track of your ideas also helps if you're out of inspiration and have to draw the daily drawing.

Surround yourself with inspiring websites, the internet is yours to rule! dA, PixivBehance and Tumblr are my friends whenever I'm out of ideas to draw. Music is also responsible for keeping me inspired everyday.

Just keep eyes and ears open, inspiration WILL come. 

2014-12-05 18 by Picolo-kun


Many fellow deviants are against the use of reference but I find them extremely helpful when I'm trying to draw something new. 

Referencing from another drawing is great but you have to keep in mind that it's another artist's view on something. I strongly recommend the use of photo reference as it helps you to put your own spin on reality. That can also improves your skill when drawing from observation! 

Will Terrel has a terrific video explaining how to draw from drawing reference. Check it out: [link] 

Farewell Copy by Picolo-kun

The last drawing

Prepare some buckets because if you reach this point you'll cry. A lot. :XD:

That's all for now guys, hope that these hints are helpful even if you're not trying the 365 Days challenge. I'm preparing some drawing related tutorials soon to explain other stuff in detail (:

Wish you all the best of luck on your upcoming drawings. May 2015 be an inspiring year! 

If you have any question let me know in the comments :D


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BiahMorgan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Student
Thanks a lot! I've started mine, and you are my main reference for this! I just love your style and your ideias (and we're both brazilian xD) muito obrigada por tudo! <3
XxBerenicexX Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
You're so talented *-* if I'll do that next year, I'll credit you for the idea ^^
SilverXSnake Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016
hummm, I am not all that good( mys sister is the artiste in the house[ and I feel if I do this challenge everyones gunna think im a copy-cat]She is actually REALLY good)But Why not.Hey umm
do I have to post every day on deviantart,or can I just compile them in a folder and post them on the last day?
Gabriels-OhNo Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the inspiration and encouraging words, Picolo! <3
infiniteXsouls Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know it's a little late, but I'm going to start this challenge now😜 
Dancing-Miriam Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  Student Artist
Thank you for the inspiration and mptivation you lovely lovely soul 💓
girlonart Featured By Owner Edited Feb 12, 2016
Hello can i bffs with you? Im lonely here😦😇
CatTheFanatic Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Student General Artist
Wellp. Maybe its too late to try it, but I'll give it a go anyways >:D Thank you for inspiring me, and plenty of others! :omgomg: 
Linnzy Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's NEVER to late to start drawing, there are tons of different challenges you could do, like 30-day challenge, Alphabet-challange, 1 drwing-a-week-challenge..OR you just make up for the days that has already passed this year (since we havn't got so far yet) and pretty much just get to it. Good Luck!
Yeriin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to be starting this project in 2016 (except it will be 366 days of doodles since 2016 is a leap year). Wish me luck everyone =7=
rain-sirene Featured By Owner Edited Dec 22, 2015
Hello there! You have inspired me to do the 365 day challenge in 2016. ^-^ The thing is... I'm currently a terrible artist. There's not much I can draw. I don't know anatomy so I can't draw bodies AT ALL, only faces (and barely that), I don't have a style... So not only will I be creating 1 drawing per day, but on TOP of that, I somehow have to also make time to learn anatomy and technique and perspective and all that, because I really want my drawings not to be utter crap... The idea of this seems very overwhelming. Do you have any tips for how to manage this?? It would be much appreciated!
KaoKay Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Student General Artist
Draw things from real life, either set up a still life or look at photographs online, break it down into basic shapes and try not to look at what it actually is. Turn it upside down and draw it that way if you have to. If you draw every day, you won't notice the improvement until you look back at the end of the year. Don't look at any of the previous day's drawings until the end, THEN you'll notice the difference. Don't get discouraged anddont give up
rain-sirene Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
Thank you!!
TheNiftyKat Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Student General Artist
I love your work and am amazed at how you were able to do the 365 day challenge. Always makes me happy when I see you've posted something new. You are a very talented artist and I cannot wait to see what you draw next. :iconhandsomeonionplz:

Just a quick question, as you drew everyday, did you notice your pace begin to increase or in other words, did you get faster at creating each drawing? I know it might vary between projects but just an overall idea would be nice. I'm trying to do inktober to see if I can do a 365 day challenge but notice it takes me quite a while to finish drawing and inking a small picture.
TheNiftyKat Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Oh, and one more question (sorry for the long comments...), when I ink my drawing on moleskin the pen bleeds onto the other side. I place a piece of printer paper in between each page but was wondering if you still used the back of your moleskin pages even if you saw ink marks from the previous page and edited those areas digitally or did you skip pages? Which would you recommend?
GodsGirlRachel Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Student General Artist
another thing to help people that don't know what to draw:… Some daily drawing exercises~ ^_^
broqentoys Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thats cool, i might do that!
renzorexer Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015
Hello. well i've always loved to draw and i usually draw just with a pen but i would like to know what you use to make your drawings because i like you style and i would like to practice it.
please i'm begging you to answer me. i tried to find the pen or pencil what you use i coulnd't find it anywhere.
well thanks.
AuraRedWolf Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hallo :)
Picolo-kun uses a Pentel mechanical pencil to sketch the drawings out, I'm not 100% sure which one he uses but I don't suppose it makes that much of a difference, this one matches the image he has on his profile:…

or cheaper:…

That store has international shipping so that might help.

Or try here:……

There's often a £10 charge for international orders though.

For the pens, he uses a Staedtler pigment pen. They can be found here:…


Sorry this is so long :D Hope for the best, the two pieces in your gallery look great ^-^
mamaiyurisama Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Student
  E o professor Picolo arrasa mais uma vez!!!!XXXXDDDDD!!!!! 

  Ótimas dicas,estou precisando é segui-las,isso sim!!!XD! 

  Desculpe ter demorado TANTO para ler;só consegui fazer isso agora,em setembro. 

  Espero que o resto de 2015(E desde já 2016 também!) seja inspirador!!!
0800mundo Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Antes mesmo de ver seus desenhos, eu havia iniciado meu próprio desafio de fazer um desenho por dia. Por causa da faculdade, me limitei a usar um sketchbook simples e pequeno porque assim consigo fazer os desenhos sem precisar me preocupar com o quanto vou demorar (porque tempo vago é o que eu menos tenho no momento hahaha). Vou continuar desenvolvendo esse desafio porque sinto que pode me ajudar muito na minha criatividade. E pra terminar: Obrigado pelos conselhos e continue com seu trabalho porque é simplesmente FANTÁSTICO!! Parabéns! :D
JNathanCS Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for your advises! Thank You Hearts Sign 
amazingtoast Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
hi i am danica, and when i travel to Brazil someday i would like to meet you, for you have become a great inspiration and motivator to me. ive seen only pictures of Brazil and it looks so beautiful. i live in a vast desert with pointy vegetation and hardly any animals. most i have seen arent in the wild, but dead on the roads :( i love your work and style. i cant imagine your golden hands at the age of 70 or so
Sillageuse Featured By Owner Edited May 15, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Since I've started watching you (I think it was towards the end of your 365 challenge), seeing that one and the colour palette challenge and other amazing artists doing similar challenges, I felt so inspired to do it too! And now I finally started, at least one drawing per day for at least a year (because I could see myself making the next year more challenging). It's day 3 today, and I anticipate tomorrow so that I can do the next one (I know I could draw more today, but my arm and thumb hurt X( ).
I just want to say thank you! <3
Keep up the amazing and imspiring work that you do, and thanks so much for sharing it with us!

I have only one question (for obvious reasons): did you hurt your drawing hand or arm during the challenge? Maybe even because of using it too much for drawing? How did you cope?

And to everyone else reading this: try the challenge, it's awesome! :)
Rosy-San Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
(Sorry for bad english) Thank ypu a lot Picolo for all things you draw it's really cool when I see them ! It's so so beautiful! I think I'll begin the challenge on my soon birthday ! 😛
axiabetty Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OHH I wanna start this!!!! On the 1st MAY!! :P
Can't wait!!! <3
staypee Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015   Digital Artist
I know it near nearly half way through the year, but I'm going to start this, too!
Thank you for inspiring me and I hope I can go with this ride and see it to completion. And of course, I won't stop there. :la:
IceNGOLD Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Hey man.

I'm kinda new with all these digital art thing... So I was thinking about making my studies with something resembling watercolour. 
The question is How do I manage that? 
All the tutorials I have found so far don't give that watercoloury feeling. I understand if you don't want to reveal your technique but at the very least could
you help me walk in the right direction?

Anyway Thx a lot for sharing your work and inspiring us all.
gingie-liu Featured By Owner Edited Apr 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hello Picolo! :D
I wanted to ask, what kind of pens do you use?
Oh and do you fix the drawings digitally? They look like they're colored digitally :0
Picolo-kun Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Gi! I use Staedtler ink pens. Yes I do fix the blacks digitally :)
gingie-liu Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
ohhh thank you very much for answering! ( ^ O ^ ) /
btw I'm loving your palette project!
very creative c:
kafrosty3 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
I'm so excited to do this thank you a lot, I'm on day 33 now and it's such a blast to do! You have inspired me! :D
Tenzinius Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you for writing this. Even though the 365 day thing might not be something I tackle, the way you describe developing your style and keeping original with your art is insightful and inspiring. :)
Sachikura31 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
I'd like to add to the inspiration, Pinterest can also help with that. Overall thanks for all the tips. Some day I'll start my own 365 drawing journey. =)
LadyxChrii Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I believe this will help me a lot. thanks for making this journal ^^ I hope to see the tutorials soon ^^
Fisharto Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looking forward to read some of those tutorials, after all you kept the habit for 365 days going. You kept the momentum. 
Rumble-Manga Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Student General Artist
You're really awesome and inspiring! Thank you for this and the wonderful drawings you've created. I'll give this a shot but I'll start small and draw weekly for now. maybe I'll be prepared to do a 365 days of drawings by the next year O ^O.
MrRobotto Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
You're pretty amazing! Thank you for being such an inspiration and for sharing your journey with the rest of us. I'm hoping to follow your example and improve and one day be as incredible! :D
Sophie-Louise-E Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can vouch that you will definitely cry when you finish No.365 (through sheer shock if nothing else haha)  - but! the 'journey' is worth it - if you're like me and you think badly about your own work - if this challenge doesn't improve the drawing you do everyday then nothing will. Though if you're taking a drawing challenge you might want to start small, then again your head might say go big or go home xD Great advice and work as per usual!
W444GH Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*Save Page as..-*
QuentinZero Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you get all the drawings of the last year in one book? Cause I couldnt find a book that big. However I have made it the first month, and when the windows phone app comes out, I will post them ^^
Picolo-kun Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
No, I had to use several Moleskine journals :)
QuentinZero Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
okay ^^
my shope is back
AnnRita45 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i was thinking of starting to do this this year, but the way i wanted to start it didnt work out so i didnt get to do it. so, i have to ask, how exactly do you do it??? is it one peice a day only??? do you only draw these in a specific book??? do we just make up our own with the limit of drawing one thing a day at least? or is there a theme, as in drawing something representing that day???

also, if we wanted to start it past the year, would that be ok???
AmethystUrsine Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
Much props to pu for doing this! Definitely worth it's own book of sorts haha, I'd buy it. Might give this a try some day!
Coyotecrescendo Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Student General Artist
You should do a TED talk. 
Picolo-kun Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
It's such an honor to hear that! Thank you :love:
BroJoe2015 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Student General Artist
I think I'll do this and get some support from my family and friends and art teacher. I'm sure that they'll be. New year, new me, new college, and new friends.
Hopefordreams Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
What sized sketch book did you use for these?
Picolo-kun Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
14cmX9cm :)
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