If you've been following my work, you may have heard me talk about the 100 Days Project for quite some time now. For those of you that don't know what the 100 Days Project is, it's an annually-run creativity project that anyone can take part in! The project was started in 2011, and I've been taking part for the last three or four years. The rules of the project are simple: pick something creative to do for 100 days in a row, and record your daily efforts.
Last year, I undertook the bold task of creating a whole zine a day for 100 days straight. It was probably the most difficult creative challenge I've faced, but I was determined to have a full set of 100 zines by the end of the project, which I did! They were all displayed at the 100 Days Exhibition, which was such a rewarding experience.
Day 2 of the exhibition and people were STILL reading my zines. It made me so happy.
This year I've decided to do something a bit simpler - 100 illustrations in 100 days. I arrived at this idea because earlier in the year my therapist had me emailing him a drawing a day to let him know that I'd completed my daily journals. When I eventually stopped emailing him, the illustrations stopped as well, and I found that I really missed creating something everyday. So, naturally, I decided to pick it up again! And I'm really glad I did.
Three weeks in and I already love the collection of illustrations I have!
After a few years of doing the 100 Days Project, I've learned that it's good to set some restrictions. It certainly makes the process easier and a lot more interesting! Each of my illustrations are done on A5 card; starting with a rough pencil sketch, and then refined with fineliner pens.
My inspiration comes from everyday things, like how I'm feeling or what music I'm listening to. At the moment my therapist is on leave for four weeks, so a lot of my illustrations reflect my sadness around that. In a way, I'm using this years' project as a form of art therapy; I'm really trying to push my personal boundaries with the kind of art I'm creating. I want it to be raw. I want it to be honest. I want people to feel something when they see my artwork, because ultimately these illustrations are a piece of me. I always try to be open and honest about my struggles with mental illness, so it seems only fitting that my art reflects that as well.
There's some vulnerability in creating art that speaks true to the darkest parts of me, but it's also incredibly freeing. There's something really satisfying about seeing my emotions on paper; they're tangible, not just something inside of me. Of course there are days where I feel like I've missed the mark a little bit, that something I've created doesn't quite express what I wanted it to, and that's OK! I try to remind myself that it's part of the 100 day journey, and that I have so many more days to go; more opportunities to explore and create and have fun with it. Because at the end of the day, it's all about having fun!
It's only been three weeks, but these are some of my favourite so far:
You can also follow my progress on my project page and instagram, where I will continue to upload my illustrations every day.
I always love hearing what people think about the things I create, as well as answering any questions you might have, so feel free to leave a comment and let me know!
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