BFA Art School Portfolio TRACK: Ongoing

Ongoing Assignment + Weekly Assignments

This ongoing assignment is to be done simultaneously with the weekly assignments. However, if your schedule doesn’t fit well with this, and you want to do the ongoing assignment at a separate time from the weekly assignments, our suggestion is to do the ongoing assignment for 3 weeks straight. The continuity is important so any time that you can draw daily for 3 weeks is great.


Draw daily for a minimum of ten minutes in your sketchbook. Pick up a pencil and physically put it on your sketchbook, don’t think too hard about what you do. Even if you are scribbling the crappiest marks in the world for ten minutes that still counts!

This prompt is not about creating great artwork, it’s about logging the pencil mileage and creating a habit that will accumulate over time. For ideas on sketchbook prompts, see the videos below.

Recommended media

Pencil, colored pencil, Caran d’Ache Neocolor I Crayon, any type of pen, markers. (any drawing medium that won’t smudge is ideal for sketchbook work)

Sketchbooks can be any size you like. We advise getting a sketchbook that isn’t “too nice” so you are more likely to make a mess and not get too precious with your sketches.

Artists for inspiration

Leonardo’s sketchbooks, Prof Lieu’s ugly, messy sketchbooks

Timed Drawing Videos

Use our timed drawing exercises videos, which play 2 min. poses of animals for 1 hour. Draw along as each 2 min. pose plays with a timer you can see throughout the video.

Sketchbook Prompts

  • Prompt 1: Draw vertical lines
  • Prompt 2: Draw what is right in front of you.
  • Prompt 3: Draw anything from our reference photos
  • Prompt 4: Draw from any book with visuals.
  • Prompt 5: Blind contours
  • Prompt 6: Rip up & collage an old artwork.
  • Prompt 7: Create 2 characters based on your worst trait and your best trait.
  • Prompt 8: Create a drawing based on the most recent text message you received.
Share Your Progress

Post your ongoing progress in the #artprof-tracks channel in our Discord, you’ll get support and feedback from our staff and the community!

Tag us on Instagram with #artproftrack to show us what you make! We love sharing what you create in our Instagram Stories.

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