This week, we’ll officially be celebrating the 100 Day Project in St. Louis with a meetup at Meshuggah Cafe. So I wanted to post some of my reflections on the experience before I forget them all!
Before I go any further, a little background on the project…
The 100 Day Project began as a grad school project by Michael Beirut and then launched as a social media experiment in 2014 by Elle Luna. This year, Elle partnered with The Great Discontent to bring it to life on the interwebs from April 6-July 14, 2015 and I happened to be smack dab in the middle of my year of my devotion to my craft so… here we are. You can read more about the project and instructions if you are inspired to participate. The hashtag #The100DayProject is still alive and strong on Instagram (over 279,000 and counting).
I do think that I have grown as an artist because of this exercise and I can’t recommend it highly enough. My “design exercise” of choice was 100 Days of Pup Art. More than discipline, more than stamina, more than permission to experiment, more than range and flexibility and confidence… yes, I gained all of that from making 100 pups in 100 days… I think what I loved and didn’t expect was the element of surprise!
When I began, I thought I would get really practiced at one thing rather than having other things emerge that I did not anticipate. In all honestly, “pup art” was a “practical” choice. I was in the process of creating dog party printables and thought I could kill two “dogs” with one stone if I chose that as my theme for the next 100 days. ;P
I did not anticipate that in the process I would go on to more realistic dog portraits and be commissioned to do over 30 dogs over the course of the summer. I didn’t anticipate that I would explore sketching with ink and watercolor washes or get interested in character and icon development.
I don’t know if I would be here, without having gone through those 100 days first.
So I think I have to say I am most grateful for my new capacity to accept the unknown — not only accept it but embrace it. Having done this for the project, I’m more confident that I can continue to move forward in a way that allows my heart to lead.
Thank you, Elle and The Great Discontent.
This, has been everything.
p.s. If you are in St. Louis and want to join St. Louis Social Sketch in celebrating The 100 Day Project, come join us at Meshuggah this Thursday, Aug. 27 from 7-9:30p. RSVP on Facebook.