Days #13 and #14

Missed a day updating the blog as I tried to keep on top of the creative work itself. I've been pondering how to make the most of this project and discussing the goals with another creative over on Instagram. I was not in need of a 100-day project myself to get work on track and ideas flowing. Procrastination isn't really a problem for me and I love to make new work every single day.

My own take on the 100-day project is that it gives me a structure which forces me into creating a large body of work rapidly and to focus intensively. The matter of interest for me is really how to make sure that the effort of daily practice pays the greatest dividend.

A daily routine of creative work is great, but I've seen folks undertaking (and completing) projects like this without making great leaps forward. On the other hand, I have also seen others taking enormous strides forward while working through a project, in some cases going from noob amateur to professional level in a matter of weeks. I'm not kidding.

Getting better at this pace has nothing to do with talent, it has to do with how we learn. The ten minutes (or more) a day that it takes to actually make a piece of creative work should be supplemented by as much time as possible in reflection and study. We need to think about what can be improved, what we like and don't like, and to have time to look at solutions to what we discover. If we can find examples to compare our work to, find the best, put ours alongside it and look for the ways in which we can get better.

Anyone who undertakes to produce a piece a day but only produce and not to reflect, will finish with 100 pieces but probably, in many cases, having made only a little progress. I'm not going to say 'no progress' and I'm not arguing that getting through isn't an achievement in itself - it absolutely is and that's the entire point for many people - but with limited time available I am trying to wring every benefit possible out of this effort. 

Black and red asymmetrical scrawl

Black and red asymmetrical scrawl

Big cat #2

Big cat #2

Day #4 (and #5)

Click to see this in the store

Click to see this in the store

Click to see this in the store

I started the project at almost the right time, after most of the summer's social activity had died down. Almost the right time, but not quite. I'll have next to no design time over the coming days, so my plan is to rope in visitors to provide content for the project! Turn it into entertainment. We'll see how that goes...

For now I've put up two, one for today and one for tomorrow, as shown.