I started doing a drawing a day
back in November with some friends on instagram
. It started as a way for me to challenge myself everyday with some repetition and also to get more comfortable with being less perfect. My process for this challenge is pretty simple… I just try to stretch myself with materials, subject matter, time constraints, etc. I have found a great love for working in collage and incorporating drawing, typography, and construction paper. Like I said it's a unique opportunity to break out of client work and explore materials and myself at the same time.
I often go to thrift stores looking for different things that I can use in pieces that I am making. I find pulling from the past and combining it with what I naturally do gives work a nostalgic feel that I love. On one adventure to some thrift stores I came across a Presidential Flashcard set from the late 70's. It came with fantastic renditions of presidents on the front and interesting facts on the back. I was immediately drawn to the period clothes, hair and grooming styles.
I decided that I would draw every one of the presidents in the flashcard set and I would catalog it via instagram
. I was / still am pretty overwhelmed with the responses to the drawings and encouragement that I have received from all kinds of people. It's a really amazing feeling to create something and have people respond to it.
I encourage everyone to find a project and do it for a lengthy amount of time. Whether that is a drawing a day, writing thoughts down, making a song, giving your time to a cause, or even taking a walk. Projects that require commitment help sharpen your mind and will only enhance characteristics of yourself that will make you a stronger artist, friend, human, etc..etc. We are in this together!