I’ve been doing the 100 Day Project, a creative challenge that bets I can’t make an art each day for a hundred days. Some people cut paper, some people make colour palettes; in 2015, I depicted teacups. This year, I’m drawing shops.
Naturally, I’m a couple days behind by now, but I’m happy with how these sketches are trucking along.
Early on, I thought, hey, if I draw this one shop for 100 days, I’ll probably be really good at it by the end. Twenty days later, I was bored as hell. Like, “what’s the point of life anymore” level of boredom. I tried to mitigate it by drawing shop-related objects every once in a while. Then I moved onto 5-minute speed sketches so I’d spend less time being bored. It helped, I guess?
Ultimately, I needed variety. It’s been great getting to draw different things each day. The novelty of finding new shops has rekindled my enthusiasm for the work. But am I actually improving?
It’s hard to say. I don’t feel more confident, and I definitely notice my mistakes more. But I’m also seeing where mistakes could happen before they actually occur. So maybe there’s some fluency developing. I feel like enthusiasm keeps a person interested in practicing, and that can foster improvement by the by.
But I also feel knowing your subject means you can draw it more smoothly and comfortably. That certainly helped over those first twenty days.
Once I catch up to day 30, I’ll have filled up my little sketchbook. It’ll be time to buy a new one. I’m contemplating adding watercolour, focusing less on inky details and letting colour do the talking. But watercolour paper is expensive, so we’ll see.
A hundred days is a long time, and I’ve been regretting my choice of such a high-effort art form. But, as they say: no pain, no gain. I took up the challenge because earlier this year, someone asked me whether I’d consider selling my paintings. I told them no, because I don’t feel I’m good enough yet. These 100 days are a crucible to, hopefully, make me good enough.
If you’d like to follow my sketches over the remaining 70ish days, you can find them on my insta: @pizzathyme.