There is advice aplenty around the internet about forming good habits. Especially prevalent is the number of days required to build a new habit, ranging between 30 days to 60 days and any number in-between. Is #the100dayproject about building a good habit that will last?
#The100DayProject is a free art project that takes place online. Every spring, thousands of people all around the world commit to 100 days of exploring their creativity.from the website the100dayproject.org
Explore my creativity for 100 days, that’s all.
Perhaps this has been my obstacle in the past; I’ve thought of #the100dayproject as a habit to start – and keep going into the future. A job to do; a task to get done; more of a chore than something I do for fun and just to see what happens.
From experience I know that my creativity improves when I do a little bit each day – or at least regularly. I hesitate to say “daily” because sometimes pain or feeling unwell does get in the way.
#the100dayproject for 2020
During February and March I worked on recording Stickers, She Said, my first Skillshare class. Once the class was published I pondered that having a project to focus on had worked well, even though I was sidelined by illness for two weeks.
This year I am learning Adobe Illustrator, via classes at Skillshare of course. At first I considered the classes for my #100dayproject and publishing my homework.
The 1920’s era is fascinating to me, as I mention in It’s The Twenties Again!. Through researching the art of the time I stumbled across Sybil Andrews, an English artist who settled in Canada. (See the gallery of Sybil’s art at The Internet Archive.)
Sybil’s art mesmerises me; the shapes, colour, textures and perspective. I want to know how she captures the moment of energy and movement – and if I can learn how to do it myself.
At first Sybil’s art looks simple; there are no detailed faces or hands, for example. But attempting to draw my own version of Racing I discovered that the result might appear simple, the execution is not!
#the100dayproject for 2020 is decided!
I will create versions of my favourite pieces from Sybil’s gallery. My end goal is more than having copies of her art; I want to understand and learn by copying, so that I can try to draw a piece of my own art in Sybil’s style.
Guess who chose the most difficult piece to start with?
Motorbikes | Project #1
I missed drawing on one day. I am keeping a #100dayproject diary here on my blog, with screenshots of daily progress and a few disjointed thoughts.
Taking The Strain | Project #2
After the Motorbikes, this piece gave me a rest, with it’s simple shapes. I spent as much time playing with colours as I did drawing!
Blow Me Down | Project #3
When I was browsing my gallery of Sybil Andrews’ art I saw the perfect piece to capture in Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Classic Blue. I had no trouble choosing the colours this time; classic blue, black and a neutral background.
Also, it feels like a great way to embody the buffeting we are taking from the Sars-CoVid-2 virus. Trying to keep our feet in the midst of this howling gale of upheaval, staying at home, and grief.
Sybil called her art piece Gales; Blow Me Down immediately came to my mind.
Usually, the saying goes “Well, blow me down with a feather!” At least, that’s what I heard, growing up. This phrase was often uttered by my Mum, when Dad had done a job without first being asked, as an exclamation of surprise.
Practise, Practise, Practise
With the #the100dayproject my only job is to enjoy the practise of drawing. I am trying not to be a perfectionist; after all, I’m not a great artist and I need all the practise I can get. When I notice that I am titivating around the edges for too long, or fretting about colours, I stop and call the piece done.
Adobe Illustrator is becoming more familiar, and now I look forward to learning how much more I can do with this program. Also, I’m thinking some of the easier pieces would translate to Silhouette Studio, and intend to record a few videos soon.
In fact, that’s my next job.
A daily drawing practise is good for my creativity, but now I need to fit in my other ideas, such as videos and adding products to thejbdigitals shop.