365 Days of Art

06 Jan
January 6, 2012

Aaannnndd…we’re back. Happy New Year everyone!

I’m gonna kick off the year with a little personal celebration. One year ago, I made the decision to stop daydreaming about being a better artist and actually work at it. To motivate me, I joined the ImagineFX forums 365 day challenge, where the goal was to paint or sketch something everyday for a year.

Well, a few days ago I hit #365.

I can’t describe the feeling. Or wait, no, I can. It feels like taking control of your own life, like creating your own destiny. It feels empowering. It feels like everything and anything is possible. In a word, it feels great. 🙂

And my art has grown by leaps and bounds. I estimate that, prior to this year, I doubt I’d drawn even 1 hour every 2 weeks. So 25 hours a year, tops.

This last year, I’ve put in at least 400 hours of work. So this last year was worth 16 years at the previous pace. Somehow, around working a day job, hobby game development and various girlfriends, I managed to find 10 forty hour weeks. Or 2.5 extra months at the day job.

Let’s just say, I’ve missed a lot of sleep 😉

(If it sounds impossible, consider that most US families watch 10 hours of tv a week, or 520 hours a year. Is there something in your life you’d like to do more than watch TV? Turn it off. 😉 )

Anyway, here’s a collage of the year’s art.

And, for fun, here’s a comparison of my best art from 2008-2009 vs last year.

Funny thing, after running that marathon and reaching my goal I decided to take a break, seemed only natural. But after a few days of not drawing, I started to feel uneasy, like I was not doing something I should be doing.

Well, that’s easily fixed. 🙂

So, here’s the first sketch of 2012. I’m not doing the IFX challenge anymore but I’m going to try to follow the philosophy of the Greek painter, Apelles :

Nulla dies sine linea – Not a day without a line drawn.

It’s gonna be a great year, in so many ways. 🙂

2 replies
  1. GhanBuriGhan says:

    Your blog was the first I have heard about this idea. Your posts inspired me to try and do the same this year. Me and my wife have just started, one week in! It’s great fun to be drawing again, haven’t really done much since school (which means since 20 years…). But to my surprise, drawing is apparently not something you loose as much without practice (compared, e.g. to my guitar-playing skills). I hope I can keep it up inspite of a stressful job.

  2. gareth says:

    That’s awesome Ghan!

    Would love to see (both of your) art sometime, you should post it online. Don’t be shy. 😉

    A couple of people now have told me that my posts have inspired them to start drawing again, I’m always pleased and honoured!


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