My experience overall with this challenge was positive. It think it was a good exercise for a class that is centered around preparing us for our future. To make us actually take time and space to do something we've always wanted to was a good was to teach us about taking more control and responsibility for how our lives are. Because when will we make small changes in our busy 9-5 working days if we won't right now?
I was able to complete 14 sketches, and was drawing a total of 32 days out of 40. On days I didn't draw, well life happens. The best part for me was that these sketches weren't for anything. They weren't a product, something I was working to develop, or a way to get ahead. These sketches were for fun and a way to retrain myself in art and in discipline. I have stopped watching as much TV, and I'm getting up early and utilizing that time, because I'm a wreak by 8:30 pm anyway. I don't know if my drawing improved, but I feel like my observation skills are sharper and I'm less neurotic. Best of all I've gotten more inspired!
I deeply miss my artwork. Throughout this blog I've questioned my direction and abilities, and keep ending up with few answers. How do I do both and where is that lane where I can, and get $$$? I've discovered a few things about where I see myself in the future and it definitely involves drawing in some capacity. I also see myself working with clients and other collaborators. While I do need space to work, I don't need that much!
Edit: Great article about design jobs!!
Thank you for reading and being on the journey with me!
I'm an illustrator and graphic designer who is desperate to get back to the basics of pencil and paper! I'm challenging myself to sketch everyday for 40 days in hopes of regaining my overall skill, creativity, and wonder!