Project 365

Everyday creativity - Day 1

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I have tried to do a 365 sketch challenge twice already. Or wait... was it three? I lost count. Every time I've "failed" at it, it has left me kind of defeated to be honest. It has been because either I've had no energy or just not had the best plan of action. Working in a creative industry, I already put all my energy every day into my work. However much I really love doing it, it leaves me with little energy left at the end of the day. As I've ended up doing 3D animation, I don't get to draw as much as I used to anymore. I miss it so much, and every day I think about all the things I want to create. Not just drawing, but painting, 2D animation, photography. Just anything that lets me put my creativity into action. I've noticed recently that every time I've been painting or drawing in the evening, it has left me with so much energy and I get tons of ideas. Often, when I'm really low on energy after work, I weirdly kind of forget how much happiness drawing gives me. 

I often think I maybe shouldn't do another 365 attempt, as I know there will be periods of time in my animation job that I just don't have the time to do anything else or I'll risk burning out. Then I thought I could be kinder to myself this time. If (and when) I do get into crunch time I might just put it on hold for a while and get it going again when it's passed. Also, instead of making it into a pure sketch challenge, I want it to be more of a every day creativity kind of thing. One of the things I struggled with the most when I was doing the sketch challenge before, was that I itched to do paintings and longer projects. This time around I'll just leave it open for any kind of longer projects as well as doing a daily sketch. So I might not be posting every day, but the times I feel I want to share some of the process. I am doing it for my own sake after all. At the same time I really like sharing with you and documenting my progress. I really do want to prove to myself that I can do it. So here I go again, wish me luck! 

Here's a little WIP of something I started a couple of days ago and continued a little bit on tonight: