My goals involved technical improvement and greater discipline. For the first month, I limited myself to one sketchbook and a few pencils. Things went smoothly, consistent, I didn't see any improvement but I was happy to be building a habit and finding time daily to do something I loved. Needless to say, many unexpected challenges arose.
I also struggled with scale. Creating something new daily is, in a way, limiting. By having to start and finish a piece in the time I have, the quality of my work and of my practice is reduced. But concluded that an hour spent starting and finishing a piece, and an hour spent working on a larger piece are both still an hour in which I can hone my skills and push my limits.
Through February I started to include other mediums, ink, watercolor, even charcoal. Soon, however, experimenting with mediums wasn't keeping me interested. I started to find the hardest part wasn't drawing or painting, but finding a subject.
Part of my solution to the issue of subject ended up being asking for help. Asking my followers for suggestions and even to send photos, people sent pictures of themselves, pets and places they've been. I am grateful for the support I received for many reasons but this was a huge one.
I can't talk about this project without talking about my self-portaits. I decided early on that every month I would make one self-portait. I made this decision to force myself to explore, if the subject doesn't change then the technique, composition, medium, etc. must. Moreover, I thought it might be an interesting visualization of growth and improvement.
In March, I started doing studies on anatomy and figure. Up until this point I had tried to create full, finished pieces. In doing so I was making life a lot harder for myself. Improvement rarely came from polishing a drawing, but rather from learning and practicing the correct foundations. This, however, was not pretty. In starting studies I reembraced my goals, creating not for an audience but my benefit. Unfortunatley, it eventually became quite clear that I wouldn't be finished by the end of the year. This is for various reasons, some small others big. Regardless, my goals remain the same, practice and grow. You can follow the remainder of my 365 Challenge on my Instagram and Facebook pages.
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