Practice is one of the hardest things for me to make time for consistently as an illustrator. Whenever I sit down to practice, I end up feeling like I need to end with a finished piece, or the time will have been “wasted.” This gives a lot of anxiety about starting at all! I have to really deliberately schedule practice with the understanding that the point is to have a lot of “unfinished” work.
Of all the types of exercises I use, regular figure drawing improves my work in general the most. This month I’ve been dedicating 10-30 minutes a day to drawing figures, and it’s been really helpful!