Looking for a new direction and a new challenge, being currently a little underwhelmed by my print class, and having had an idea percolating in my head for a while, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and try something completely different.
My kick-start came from this TED talk:
I analysed what I wanted to do for 30 days. My list included revamping my garden, learning a new Photoshop icon each day, reading the entire 274 pages of my new camera manual, and my forever nemesis; to improve my drawing.
Drawing. A long time ago I put in place my One & Twenty routine; examine something for one minute and spend 20 minutes drawing it. It works quite well (when I actually do it) and is loosely based on the Pomodoro technique developed by Francesco Cirillo. So why am I not keeping it up? Easy really: no confidence, daunted, too tight to let drawings just ‘be’, not sure what I want to draw, excuses re lack of time, and so it goes on.
BUT, I would actually like to improve. Matt Cutts says to set a 30 day challenge and I’m ALREADY making excuses; I’m going to be away for a few days and unlikely to draw every one of those days, so I’ve amended his challenge from 30 days to 30 drawings but not quite daily. My intent is to produce at least 30 images over about 40 days – so instead of it being a 30 day challenge I’m calling it Challenge 30.
Why will this be any different than what I’ve done before? Well, instead of casting my eyes around looking for some random thing to draw (which, of course, created more excuses not to do it) I’m going to draw the same subject over and over.
So you’ll soon be meeting Jack – well, whatever I can produce that might vaguely resemble him.