If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been doing a little challenge for the last few weeks. It’s called The One Hundred Day challenge, hosted by an artist named Elle Luna. I recommend her book The Crossroads of Should and Must to anyone but especially to creatives. Though I had hear about the one hundred day challenge before this book is what inspired me to commit to it.
But back to the project. The goal is to pick one activity and repeat it every day for 100 days. I followed the challenge last year and decided to actually commit this time around. The activity I chose is to daily draw or sketch something related to my dream project of illustrating a book for my nephew. It can be of anything from him to his dog Mia to his favorite toy. My goal with it is to help conceptualize my dream, discover a style I want to go with, and develop a story line.
I’m already on day 23 (almost a quarter of the way through!) but I wanted to post about it in week long segments. These are the first seven sketches.
This project has been so good for me. I was overwhelmed going into it, 100 days seems like a long time. There have been a few tough days where I’ve been uninspired and I’ve had to post photos I’m not completely happy with but this project has been such a great creative exercise.
I feel like a habit of sketching daily has already improved my skills and I look forward to seeing how much I will have grown at day 100.
Today as I was flipping through my sketchbook Carson came and sat beside me to look at the sketches. I started to make up a story on the fly using the sketches. He was enthralled by it, not moving or saying a word. After the “story” was finished he grabbed my sketchbook and set it with a pile of other book before going of to play.
I guess this storybook illustration dream of my will have at least one interested reader. That makes it all worth it!
This is week one of #100DaysofCarsonandMia. You can follow my daily posts on Instagram.