Katie Cardwell

4.5 Stars

August 26, 2016

Ever run into artist block? You want to draw, or doodle, or paint, but you cannot seem to come up with a subject, and in the end your sketchbook is tossed away as something else steals your attention. It can be crippling, and can definitely prevent forward motion of a skill that requires daily practice to hone.

Thankfully, if you are one who runs into artist block often, or even if you’re looking for new and fresh ideas, Q&A a Day: For Creatives has got your back. This handy artistic journal is made to last four years, with a question posed every day made to provoke a response.

From the publisher:

"Q&A a Day for Creatives is your go-to source for inspiration, whimsy, and idea generation. Each page of this four-year journal features a compelling question designed to get you thinking drawing, and dreaming. Open the journal to today’s date and fill in the appropriate space as you see fit. (Pencil doodles? Watercolor? Musical scales?) As the journal fills year after year, you’ll own a showcase of your ever-growing creative output."

The book is printed on high quality art paper, made to absorb paint, marker, pen, or pencil. Each page is sturdy and well supported. Each page is dedicated to a day of the year, and that page is divided into four separate blocks meant to be used on that day for the next four years to answer the question in bright and creative ways. At the end of the four years, the artist will have a collection to look back on which may shed some light on their artistic perspective and display how they have improved throughout the years.

Perhaps the best part of this particular book, is that it is accessible to beginning artists as well as the advanced. It provides daily prompts to get those creative juices flowing as the reader dives into the world of making their own art. Plus, the spaces are relatively small and contained, meaning there is no pressure to fill the whole space, or take hours to creative a work.

Instead, this journal is aimed to be a casual daily exercise that may spark something more, and get you to turn off Netflix and pick your sketchbook back up. This book is artist block’s number one enemy, and is a reasonable addition to any prompt collection an artist builds.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up a copy and start your year. Begin building your own historic art portfolio as you work to answer the questions listed in the book. Not only will you end up on some creative adventures, but your art will no doubt improve as you buckle down and put in the work to hone the craft.