100 days of keeping up with my daily creative habit: I feel that’s a lot of days, right? It doesn’t sound like quite as much when you think of it as a little over 3 months, but I’ll make sure every 100 days is a major achievement, and use the opportunity to look back on what I’ve accomplished. This is a massive post! So click “Continue Reading” for the rest. It’s a doozy!
This one I drew while I was hanging out with my youngest niece, Emily. I remember wanting to keep this design pretty simple. Honestly, I hadn’t drawn on actual paper in a very long time at this point. It’s been all digital for a bunch of years. Lately though, drawing on paper is all I’ve been doing. I enjoy it so much, I plan to keep up with using traditional media. Of course, once I can use my laptop again, I want to get back to doing some Photoshop stuff here and there.
My space scene! I should spend some time (when I can use Photoshop again) making more of these space scenes. When I take my time I’ve been able to come up with really cool ones in the past. It just might take a few days to complete. Which is something I’ve been doing lately anyways. One of my most recent drawings took a week to complete!
This one I actually drew for a neighbor girl. I’ve seen her around for a few years and for whatever reason, I haven’t been able to say anything to her. It’s kind of been an ongoing frustration of mine and now when I look back on it, it was kind of a silly idea to leave her a picture. Especially completely anonymously. I wish I left her something better though. This one is pretty lame compared to the stuff I’ve done recently.
This creepy crawly guy is pretty neat. This was the only post that didn’t go up on the website the day I created it. I was out at a camp ground celebrating my bro-in-law’s birthday. The internet access was horrible. I did my art on the beach, and wrote the post, but couldn’t upload until I arrived at home the next day. It’s alright, I sneakily changed the date on the post anyways 😉
I love this guy! This was the second drawing that I copied into Photoshop and gave the digital treatment. I originally drew this guy about 8 or 9 years ago. I think he turned out spectacular! I really need to go back through my old sketchbooks and find some more like him.
Hey! It’s that balloon guy with that needle in his face. This was such an amazing project to be involved with. I love every single character I created for this. From my fire extinguisher carrying dragon, to the feet on the hot coals. What I’m proud of most is that the person that got me involved in this project, Kathy Millikin, was thrilled with how everything turned out. I put a lot of pressure on myself to get this finished in time for Kathy’s presentation, and still provide something that we both would be happy with. Everyone was happy with how it all turned out.
This wasn’t a picture I thought about very often until now, but I absolutely love how great all the little details look. I remember being amazed at how it was turning out as I was going along. Which is strange because I obviously drew the thing! So why would I feel amazement? The only way I can really explain this, and it happens quite often, is that I sit down to draw something and completely lose track of the time. I snap out of the trance and look at what’s in front of me and feel a bit unfamiliar with the result. I knew what I was drawing, but I was just in a sort of zone. Really focused, I guess. I don’t know. It’s actually pretty hard to explain. But that’s what happened with this one! I don’t feel I could ever recreate it’s awesomeness.
Tentacle! This thing turned out way better than I was thinking it would. For some reason when I first started doing my week of Halloween inspired drawings, my first thought was, “Gotta draw me some tentacles!” I don’t know why I am so enamored with tentacles. The only reason I can come up with, besides the obvious creepy factor, is that tentacle monsters, squid or otherwise, filled my video games as a kid. Especially Final Fantasy. Ultros!
I’m just now realizing that the majority of these most recent pictures are some of the best stuff I’ve ever done. Creating something each and every day seems to be paying off. Like this drawing of HAL9000 I made just a few weeks ago. I love it. The best compliment I got for this one was that it looks like I Photoshopped it. Yet it was created with colored pencils and a black pen.
I still have so many ideas in my head that need to be put on paper (like those retro video game title screens I keep mentioning, but never seem to get to!), and I plan to try as many ideas as I can. Hell, I still have 265 days to go before my year of creative habits is completed. My first year anyways 😉
I think I got the most compliments on this one. Some very nice people on Instagram even commented on it. I really love all those drawings I did with the bright colors and the black inked backgrounds. I would love to do more, but I need to buy more supplies. My pencils are used up already! And the pens are almost all out of ink. I would hate to get started on an epic project and not have the right colors or run out of ink part way through! That sounds like a nightmare for me. Scary.
Phew! That was a lot of reminiscing! I’ve done a lot in just 100 days, and I barely even scratched the surface. I knew this was going to be an epic post so I had to skip all kinds of artwork that I wanted to talk about, but some just didn’t make the cut. Some of the artwork was too similar to others, or I only had a couple minor things that I would even mention. But overall, these 100 days have been extremely productive and I honestly couldn’t be any happier with the results.
Lastly, I definitely need to thank everyone that reads these posts, comments, or just visits to look at the pictures! Brad Thornhill, Eric Scouler, Meggz Fuller, both my sister and my mom! Oh and my stepsister, Sierra! Her boyfriend Justin comments on my posts on Facebook sometimes as well. I think even his brother, James, commented on there once or twice! Anyways, I thank all of you guys and stuff. It sounds cliche (to me at least it does) but all the likes, comments, and advice goes a very long way to keeping me motivated. You guys are awesome. Here’s to another 100 days!
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