Drawing every day, illustration quality, and creating comics

Update

Weekly reflection time!

I can’t believe I shared my 12th drawing this morning! Except for one day when I got home super late coming from a depression support group session, I’ve been drawing and sharing EVERY SINGLE DAY. I have never been so consistent with creating art in my life, and I can’t believe The 100 Day Project actually works! The positive feedback from everyone who’s been following has been super (x100) encouraging as well.

Well, here’s to 88 more days of drawing and sharing!

Now that I’ve pretty much got the daily practice of producing art nailed down, I’ve had more capacity to consider the quality of the illustrations I’m producing.

So far, the only practical way I’ve been able to create art daily was because I’ve been doodling and scribbling through my illustrations. When I think about collating all my 100 illustrations together to turn it into a book or something at the end of all this, I cringe at the thought of capturing some of these doodles into a permanent product. I want to create illustrations that looks more pleasing to the eyes, for my followers’ sake as well as for my future self.

So, my focus and goal for the next coming weeks will be to make my illustrations prettier and nicer to look at. That means taking the extra time and mental energy to think about where I can sprinkle colours throughout my illustration, how the composition looks, whether the lines are clean and smooth, etc.

Another topic that’s been on my mind has been about visual storytelling.

I’ve been creating comics for #100thingsmybunniesdo to illustrate my bunnies where one frame hasn’t been enough to tell the full story. I know NOTHING about creating good comics or how to tell stories effectively, so this is another area that I’m interested in learning more about. I came across this book called Making Comics by Scott McCloud awhile back, so I might give that a read and see if I can learn something from it. If anyone reading this knows of any other decent resources for beginner comic artists, please let me know!

And I’ll wrap up this week’s post by sharing a YouTube video of an artist that I’ve started following recently.

In this video, struthless discusses the growing quality of our work that happens from the vast quantity of the work that we produce. From the sheer practice of creating something every day that’s 70% done, we learn and grow our skills faster than when we try to create one perfect piece of work.

Have a lovely week, and I’ll catch y’all next weekend!

The Secret Key to Keeping up with Your ‘The 100 Day Project’

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It’s been 5 days since I started my The 100 Day Project with ‘100 Things My Bunnies Do‘, and I’m still going! This must be the longest-running project I’ve had, as sad it sounds haha.

I’ve already mentioned this in my last post, but I think the secret key to keeping The 100 Day Project running is to make sure that you don’t spend too much time on it each day. Even if you have the extra time and are tempted to spend longer on your project, just stop at the time limit that you’ve set yourself.

Every time I sit down to work on my daily illustration for 100 Things My Bunnies Do, I set a timer for 30 minutes. I turn it into a little race to complete my illustration within that time. I usually manage to not only get the art done, but also get to schedule or prepare draft posts across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to share my art the following morning as well.

Because I’m only spending such a short time on the illustrations each day, I’m not letting myself get burned out and actually look forward to working on my next illustration to get my dopamine hit each day! It’s such a nice feeling to get something consistently done every day, and wondering why I didn’t work this way sooner.

The official The 100 Day Project website advises that you actually work on your project for only 5-10 minutes each day, so maybe 30 minutes is even too much? Either way, my daily practice has been working for me, and I’m really looking forward to sharing another week’s worth of #100thingsmybunniesdo art!

The 100 Day Project

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I was re-reading my last entry and well… my weekly blogging challenge didn’t last long! I’ll try and bring back the weekly blogging and keep it short them so that they’re more sustainable for me to keep up.

I was watching Rich Armstrong’s course video on doing The 100 Day Project (https://skl.sh/33q5Brg), and got so amped about starting one! I’ve watched my sister struggle through doing The 100 Day Project before and was put off from doing it myself. But after watching Rich’s video, the key takeaway that I got was that I should keep the project really simple and easy that I don’t burn myself out and end up giving up quickly.

The mistake that I’ve made with challenges like this in the past is that I would spend hours and hours on a random weeknight or weekend to start on a project, but get burnt out and lose my stamina real quickly that I give up after a day or two (or three days if I’m lucky).

SO, the thing that I’m going to do differently with this daily art challenge is that I’ll keep my illustrations as rough-ish sketches and I’ll spend no more than 30min each day on it. Even if I could spare more time on that day, I still want to keep it to a 30-minute limit. This is so that I don’t get burnt out in a day, and that I still make time to get other life-admin/adulting things done.

I also want to start these weekly ‘reflection’ blogs as well, but similar to my daily drawings, I won’t spend any more than 30 minutes on it. It might mean that my blog articles have typos, incorrect grammars, and boring long sentences. But at least I’ll be getting something down and recorded. I’ll have something for myself and others to look at on to learn/reflect.

Wish me luck!

P.S. My new #the100dayproject is going to be: 100 things that my bunnies do. I have a love/hate relationship with my two bunnies, Elly and Bobby, as you can see by my title below. It would be so cool to collate all my drawings once I’ve completed the challenge, turn it into a book. Hopefully, this would become a great insight for non-bunny-parents to see what it’s like to have pet rabbits and know what they’re getting themselves into. And be a consolation for those who are already bunny parents.