Concentrate on quantity exercise #001

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Concentrate on quantity exercise #001

The first day is always hard. Especially, if you are not used to paint daily or exercise your hand or brain. But we need to go for it and overcome our laziness, fears, comfort, excuses or whatever is stopping us to do so.

For some people, it doesn't work to paint daily. And I'm the case as well. I need to have "the mood" for it but on the other hand, I want to be productive and learn more and more and faster and faster.

So therefore I gave myself this challenge, which will not always mean we will be painting something huge, but for sure we will have something that will help us to train certain skills or creativity. And as we all know, these things are pretty connected with each other.

So I will stop my blah blah and let's dive into it.

Concentrate on Quantity

The 30 circles exercise is simple in practice and quick to complete. Originally created by Bob McKim of the Stanford Design Program.

  • Download the working sheet below
  • Open it in Procreate or any other program or simply print it out (don't forget to start on a new layer in Procreate :D)
  • Set a timer for 3 minutes
  • You are challenged to fill in as many circles as possible- with the aim being quantity, not quality.

Maybe all your circles are variations on a theme, perhaps they are all emojis or just some patterns, your one goal is to fill out as many as possible.

The motive behind the 30 circles is to stop yourself from self-censoring. When you go for quantity, you don’t have time to think that your idea is bad, you can always edit it later (even though for the purpose of this exercise I do not suggest that). This is the stage where creativity flourishes.

You can download the .pdf and .jpg versions at the link below:

Shared with Dropbox

So easy peasy for the first day, but we will get harder, no worries there.

Once you are done, don't be shy and share it with us below in the comments that we can see all the different ideas and approaches. I will share mine as well. Don't look there before you finish yours! :)
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