For a couple of years, I've seen The 100 Day Project hashtag coming and going in my Instagram feed. Each time, I've been curious, but too busy to find out what it was all about. This year, an artist I follow posted about her decision to participate on the very same day that I finished a big client project. I was in the middle of that semi-euphoric wave of accomplishment I feel every time I finish something for a client.
Anyway, I was feeling accomplished and adventurous so I Googled "The 100 Day Project," and here's what the website said:
#The100DayProject is a free art project that takes place online. Every spring, thousands of people all around the world commit to 100 days of exploring their creativity.
Anyone can join (yes, that means you!). The idea is simple: choose a project, do it every day for 100 days, and share your process on Instagram with the hashtag #The100DayProject.
"Simple," I thought. "I'm in!"
Plus, it felt a little like destiny because I'd finally taken the time to find out what the hashtag was about, and it just so happened that #The100DayProject would be starting the next day.
I decided to spend 100 days creating brand new art for my portfolio. Since embarking on this art path (pretty half-assedly in 2013 - and then more wholeheartedly in 2016), I've learned so much. My style has changed (as in, I have one), my interests have changed, and the kind of work I most like to do is completely different. So why not spend 100 days making the kind of art I most want to do in 2019 and beyond?
These days, I'm at my most happy and energized when I work at the intersection of illustration, writing, and lettering, So, I've spent some portion of every day since April 2nd creating original work that incorporates all three things. Here are my favorite pieces from the first 30 days, all of which are available as prints or cards from my Etsy Shop. (With FREE SHIPPING in the U.S.)
I'm writing this post on day 44 of the challenge, and I'm still feeling energized and enthusiastic. In my next post, I'll share some thoughts I have about finding your creative groove, following where the muse leads you, and sticking to your creative goals.
In the meantime, you can follow along with me, challenge and otherwise, on Instagram.