Drawing. It's an essential part of any artist's or designer's career and really, their life. I believe that if creatives don't sketch or draw or doodle, whatever the hell you want to call it, ideas will turn stale. Creative juices will run low. And growth in a positive direction just won't happen. With that said, I'll be the first to admit that I've gotten lazy. We all have and we all do at sometime or another.
So. 42 days ago, I made myself promise to do at least 1 daily drawing. It started out partially as a personal experiment and also as a way for me to rejuvenate my creative mojo...to keep my brain and my ideas fresh. Somehow, it turned out to mean more than that.
- Drawing everyday turned out to be a great way to record memories. As I mentioned in my last post, I recently traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Some of these were drawn there-in the middle of sight seeing and people watching. I'm so happy that I have drawings from there to remind me of the good times that were had on our trip. Pictures, of course, are great ways to record memories too, and boy did I take a lot of them, but there is something about bringing back a piece of something handmade and created on a trip. It feels...a little more special.
- These drawings were drawn in so many different places. One in a car. One in a plane. One on a beach and some in coffee shops. Naturally, different surroundings brought different inspiration and really had an affect on what was going down on paper. This, in turn, leaked into my own side projects and other work-having a great effect on what I was producing all around.
- Drawing on the daily allowed me to really laugh at myself. Out of the 42 days I did the drawings, a few of those days were really crappy...I would be grumpy or stressed and draw some really funky looking things. Those funky things turned out to be some of my favorites out of this whole collection! If you couldn't already tell - #'s 19, 21, 26 were the bad days. (You have to click the images to view them in the light-box with numbers).
So yeah. This was a pretty cool experience. I think I might carry it on a little longer...or maybe forever? We'll see. :)