On January 31st 2021 I began my very first 100 day project. I was completely unaware of #the100dayproject until recently but it’s been running for years! The current annual round is now the eighth. If you haven’t heard of it either, the brief is simple. You choose a creative project and commit to doing it every day for 100 days and share the results or the process online.
If you’re interested in joining in, it’s not too late. Just head over to the website https://the100dayproject.org/ to get all the details. You can choose to work on more or less anything that you want, but there are some suggestions on the website. They also suggest you choose something that will only take about ten minutes a day to keep the daily committment manageable.
For my 100 day project, I’ve decided to do a daily drawing of an animal. Admittedly at the moment, I’m spending more like half an hour than ten minutes on each drawing, but I’m hoping to speed up as I progress.
Initially, I planned to do a drawing of anything, but the animal portrait theme crept in and, as I’m enjoying it I’m going to continue. I’m all for making this project fun! Hopefully, I will continue to find great images to use as reference. So far, I’ve been scalping the reserves at https://unsplash.com/ which is one of my favourite sites for free images.
As I’ve just completed my first full week, I thought I would post the results, below together with the reference images I used.
I’m finding that this exercise is training me to really observe the lines, texture and the light and shade of the animal in the reference photo. I’m not worrying too much about the background detail, to make the process quicker and less complicated. To help me keep the dimensions accurate I put a grid over the reference photo and a similar grid on my paper, which I later erase.
The great thing about working in graphite is that it’s such a versatile medium! You can use different grades of pencil for different effects, and erasers and blending tools to create texture and depth. It’s also very liberating not to have to worry about colour and paint.
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