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. 🙂