Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Well all you've got to do is do it

I've just set myself a new challenge... one picture every day.



Not for others, just for me.  I spend most days making pictures for others, and it's usually all very lovely and frequently challenging plus I like being paid, but when I'm not working I often just stop drawing.  Then I thought: that's mad, I used to draw just for fun when I wasn't doing it for a living, and now I'm not?  So I took a huge piece of paper, cut it into a zillion rectangles about the size of a small business card and I'm going to make one picture every day just for fun (whether working or not).  Anything, in any style, it's only small, and if I have no more than five minutes spare then that's how long it'll take.

Today I had no more than five minutes spare.


A good friend used to be a sea Captain and tomorrow he celebrates fifty years since his first voyage as a young merchant navy cadet, his first day of many at sea.  So that was today's inspiration.

Don't know ahout tomorrow's but must do it.  Probably no surprise that this song's going through my head right now (well, the main bit, not the one-minute intro which frankly I prefer to skip!)


Nice legs 




14 comments:

  1. Splendid idea. I hope we'll be seeing them here. Pink Fairies - yay!

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    1. Thanks... ah - pink fairies... you won't be seeing drawings of them here. Or will you?!

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  2. My friend Sarah does that, and I have a few other illustrator friends that set each other silly challenges over Twitter -- I know you don't do Twitter (and I know you know I don't use it anymore either), but they seem fun! You might know Sarah even, she makes kids books too and everyone seems to know her now! Her blog is fun: http://jabberworks.livejournal.com/

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    1. Thanks mondoagogo - I don't know Sarah but her blog certainly is fun, lovely lively work too. I think it's good to set ourselves little creative tasks when we spend so long working on our own and working on briefs, it's like a singer practising their scales, or an athlete doing press-ups...

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  3. What a great idea. I hope we get to see at least some of them.

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    1. Thanks, I'm trying not to think of them as ever being shown as that could inhibit the process, but I'm hoping that in a year's time I'll have 365 totally different little pics - a bit like a very strange diary!

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    1. Thanks... may have to include some tiny collages, this way there's no pressure...

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  5. That is such a good idea! I think you are right that if you decided to show them on the blog then they will once again become for others - you can't help it, that's how the brain of an illustrator works.

    I set myself a similar challenge to draw or write in my sketch book every day, that was about 2 years ago and I managed about 5 pages before it fizzled out, so I hope you manage to keep this up. It's like when I bought a blank canvas to paint something for my living room a few years back... still blank. Why is it so hard to create images for ourselves when we spend all day creating them for others I wonder? I guess it must be like becoming a mother and having to put the needs of others first so when you finally get to do something for yourself, you feel a bit lost (I get told this by friends who have mini-mees)! ;o)

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    1. Exactly - I love feeding off of a text or brief, but feel quite lost as you say when suddenly there are no boundaries - strange, isn't it! Whether or not I'll keep this up remains to be seen... I suspect it will be like your daily sketch book idea and fizzle out, much like most resolutions that require regular input! Hope you will fill that blank canvas one day with something you really really WANT to do.

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  6. I'm really looking forward to this...especially if there's going to be Pink Fairies.

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    1. I have some very strange ones in mind right now.... I'm beginning to like this challenge more and more...

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  7. Pink Fairies? They were the last band to play at our school's end of term party - supported by UFO. I say the last. A riot ensued and that avenue of pleasure had a road block slapped on it before you could say 'I predict.'

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    1. That's very cool for a school end of term party...I'm impressed! What a bunch of sweeties :-)

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