in the sketchbook \\ feb 11 2014 // flowers
This sketchbook thing.... I am loving it. I've been so inspired over the past few years by people who have committed to daily challenges and projects, often for a year or even longer. I enjoy following their progress, and I've been inspired as much by their commitment as the work they have created (a past favorite is here and current favorite is here). I know that to keep my creativity moving forward in a positive direction I need to make some type of commitment myself, including personal work in my sketchbook and adding new illustrations to my shop.
I'm still wrestling a bit with what exactly my own commitment level should and will be. It needs to be a challenge, but it also needs to be something that I feel is sustainable. I love having a lot of interests (watercolor illustration, photography, writing, sewing...), but sometimes being pulled creatively in several different directions can be detrimental to actually getting stuff done. I decided to focus the first two months of this year on learning (primarily photoshop, illustrator, and typography via Nicole's Classes) and some projects around the house (decluttering, purging, redecorating), but it's time to move into the next phase, which will involve actually creating work. So once we move into March, I think the time will be right to dive into my own personal challenge.
I know it will be watercolor, but the rest is still to be determined, including the length and day-to-day commitment level. I would like to narrow in and focus on one theme or idea, but new thoughts and ideas come up every day and I have yet to grab onto just one. Even by typing this out and working through it a bit I realize that I should stick to a shorter timeframe (I can always extend it later), keep it as a sketchbook challenge (sketchbook=less pressure), and probably not put too many rules around it... more to come!