Drawing for Joy: 15-Minute Daily Meditations to Cultivate Drawing Skill and Unwind with Color–365 Prompts for Aspiring Artists

Drawing for Joy: 15-Minute Daily Meditations to Cultivate Drawing Skill and Unwind with Color–365 Prompts for Aspiring Artists

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Give yourself the gift of creativity—take the first steps toward learning to draw. In Drawing for Joy, author and illustrator Stephanie Peterson Jones offers beginning artists a relaxing, rewarding way to build a successful daily drawing practice in just 15 minutes a day.

You’ll go on an enlightening and enriching drawing adventure by following the seven fun, engaging prompts in each of the 52 weekly exercises.

  • Start by giving yourself permission to become an artist, and learn how meditation will help you let go of negative thoughts and bring you into the present so you can enjoy making one mark at a time.
  • Draw simple shapes, lines, and textures as you learn about the elements and principles of art making.
  • Follow the art starts—light gray outlines that guide your drawings—as you build and strengthen your skills.
  • As your art practice continues, the exercises gradually progress in complexity so that you determine how to combine shapes and use your imagination to add creative touches.

With Drawing with Joy, you’ll learn to draw with confidence, embrace your inner artist with self-acceptance and delight, and make the experience of claiming your creativity deeper and richer.

The hardest part will be limiting your artmaking to just 15 minutes a day—all that joy can be addicting!

From the Publisher

Provides useful tips on what drawing tools are the best and how to utilize them effectively!

Gel Pens

These contain gel ink similar to but thinner than that in a ballpoint pen. They create bold, vibrant lines and are comfortable to use. Sakura makes a line called Gelly Roll, which comes in many colors and a variety of styles, such as metallic and stardust.

Roller Ball Pen’s

These contain liquid ink and glide across the paper. They come in a variety of line thicknesses. I like the Pilot Precise and the Uni-Ball Vision.

Mechanical Pencils

Mechanical pencils are good because there’s no need for sharpening and the graphite retracts into the plastic or metal shaft, so it won’t break. Just add more graphite as needed. My go-to mechanical pencil is a Pentel Twist-Erase.

Wood Pencils

Wood pencils with graphite inside come in a variety of hardnesses, from 6H (very hard) to HB (middle) to 6B (very soft). With a very hard pencil, you get a light line that won’t smudge easily. With a soft pencil, you get a creamy, dark line that smudges, which can be helpful for shading. I use Staedtler Mars Lumograph. You need a sharpener for these.

Learn different tips and tricks essential for drawing!


Choose two of the techniques and shade the ribbons from light to dark. Spacing the dots, stripes, and so on farther apart gives a lighter appearance.

Creating Form

One-point perspective: Draw dashed lines

connecting the corners of the cubes to the vanishing point and then add lines parallel to the cubes to create the form. Add shading.

Principles of Design

Rhythm happens when an element is used repeatedly to create a feeling of movement through the composition. As in music, visual rhythm can also suggest a mood or energy.

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