A few years ago (by which I mean six years ago, I have no concept of time anymore), I started one of those 365 photo projects. I took a picture of something every day for a year. Not all of them are gems, but I did get some interesting shots, and since part of my personal challenge was to shoot all of them in manual mode, I got a ton of practice at nailing exposures.
So I wanted to do it again, but this time, with illustrating. Part of it is just that if you do something enough, you’re bound to get better at it (I wonder how close this gets you to that magical 10,000 hours). But also, I spend a lot of my time doing design work for clients. Which means I’m doing a lot of work on deadline. And while I try to always put my best work out there (see the “use your whole ass” section of my Punk Rock Entrepreneur talk), I don’t really have the kind of time I get to devote to personal projects. In design school, we had to do this 101 assignment; I ended up having to do 101 shoes. The first 20 or so are pretty boring, and obvious, but once you get those out of your system, they get interesting. The Cruel Shoes one was probably my favorite. But I don’t usually have a week to just like… think about shoes, man. I get a few hours to come up with the best idea I can, make it look as good as possible, and get it out the door.
This project is still pretty deadline based, I’m doing one every day. But my life’s also pretty routine, so I get to spend some time thinking of interesting ways to represent things that I do basically every day. Three hundred sixty five drawings is a lot of drawings – I’ve only done thirty one so far, and I’ve already dug into some weird stuff. Well, let’s be honest, I pretty much go straight for weird stuff.
If you want to keep up on the project, I’m posting them to my instagram.
I’m also giving the project a somewhat more permanent home, at everythinggetseyebrows.tumblr.com. So if you miss a day on instagram, you can check them all out over there.