Another 100 Day Project

I start my mornings with blogging. I love logging on, reading comments, and browsing through posts from sites I follow. I also do a bit of “art blog” searching, and I’m always delighted to find new blogs to follow.

There is so much creativity in our online art community! I love seeing all the drawings and paintings, reading all the poetry and short stories, and learning about fabric arts, quilting, sculpture, photography, and so much more!

One thing I often discover through my morning browsing is another new “art challenge” taking place. One of the newer blogs I recently came across is called “My creations, art, and music” and there I found a post about an upcoming drawing challenge. It’s called “100 Days of Sketching” and you can read all about it here at the official website:

What Is 100 Days?

The site also points out a lot of good reasons why you might want to take on this challenge:

  • To gain the habit of drawing consistently
  • To add mileage to your skills
  • To improve your skills in a rapid way within a short period of time
  • To create over 100 pieces of work that reflects your position as an artist.
  • Finally, to grow as a creator by starting and finishing something meaningful

That said, I won’t be taking on the challenge. I’m already doing a 100-day project of my own, and at this point it’s important for me to keep my art schedule somewhat simplified. I get overwhelmed if I try doing too many things all at the same time. But while I’m passing on this opportunity, I’m also “passing on” the information because this might be exactly whatย you need. You might find it the perfect challenge for you.

The challenge begins on May 1, which is coming up right around the corner. There is an official “prompt list”, although you don’t have to follow it.

You can download a helpful guidebook here.

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You can visit the website, sign-up for the mailing list and receive the guide, the prompt list, and a tracker to mark your progress.

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You can take a look at the 2021 prompt list here:

 

Yes, it’s difficult to read, and no, I’m not sure what a “baboo” is, but you can take it from here and have fun! Even though I won’t be joining in, I look forward to seeing the drawings other artists will be sharing.

 

 

 

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  1. Great post! You’ve inspired me! I’ve started “Inktober” every year since it started (2009?) and that’s only 31 days so I know that 100 isn’t going to work, but 10 ought to. Now I just have to decide when to start. LOL it oughtn’t be this difficult but years of failing at these organized things has left me skittish. Thank you for this – it’s perfect! ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ‘‹

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    1. I’ve made it through Inktober twice now (in 4 attempts), and I successfully did a 31-day project in December. (That one was great.) I finished a 100-day project last year, although it took me longer than 100 days. Recently I did a quick “9-Day” project (which you will be reading all about in future posts) and while it was a personal challenge not an “organized event” I loved it! Right now I’m in the final days of my current 100-day “Mood and Atmosphere” challenge. I’ve enjoyed it, too. The secret is choosing a challenge, theme, project that we really love, but one that’s fairly simple (as far as time, set-up, materials). My 31-day project was the best I’ve ever done. I wanted to learn more about tonalism, so I painted a small oil painting each day (on index card dividers) inspired by the work of a tonalist artist. If you look back through the posts for December 2020, you’ll find all 31 of my little “miniature” paintings. I loved coming in to the studio every morning and spending the first 15-20 minutes on my project. For me, the 10-day to 30-day range is good. 100 Days isn’t always easy to keep up with, but whatever the length, if it’s something I’m really interested in, I’m more likely to finish it.

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    1. I haven’t read through the entire prompt list, and I haven’t got a clue what those things are. The originator is not American, so obviously this reflects in the prompts. Fun things to learn, maybe…? Or maybe it’s more fun to choose your own prompts. Good luck!

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    1. I enjoy quick and easy “sketching” or drawing challenges like this. Drawing every day is the best thing any artist can do, I think. I’m involved in another 100-day challenge right now though, so I’m not going to join in this one. If I try too many things, I get bogged down on all of them! Good luck with the challenge, and most of all, have fun.

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    1. I won’t be doing the project either — still finishing up my current “100-day” challenge. It’s always fun to have prompt lists to play with though, and they don’t have to be used for drawing. Sometimes it’s fun to just play with words, turn them into poems, do a little “free-writing” or something else fun. Our weather is finally warming up, so I’m off to the hiking trails today! Have a great day, my friend. Enjoy whatever comes your way.

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      1. I got out briefly on Earth Day — sketches to follow in an upcoming post — and yes, I’m looking forward to going out today. I’ll be taking my Earth Day nature journal with me, and maybe I’ll even take a water brush and some gansai.

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    1. It’s a good challenge, and if I weren’t already involved in another 100-day project, I’m definitely jump in. I’ve learned from experience that daily drawing is a sure way to improve our skills. I’ve gotten away from it now, but I used to love sitting at the kitchen table after my husband went to work, and doing a bit of sketching every morning. It’s a great habit to get into!

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    1. Prompt lists can be helpful, or sometimes it’s good to choose something you really like. For Inktober one year, I chose “trees” and drew a different tree (or part of a tree) each day. I not only improved my drawings, I also learned a lot!

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    1. Remember to keep it simple! That’s the best approach, especially when we’re busy with other things. Just 5 minutes a day is really all you need. You don’t have to finish a complete drawing. Just make a quick little sketch! If you can finish it in 5 or 6 minutes, that’s great. If not, put it aside and work on it again the next day. The important thing is to just DO IT — even for 5 minutes a day. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck!

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  2. What a great idea!
    I’m not sure how you can handle checking out so many blogs and get these interesting ideas, wow! There is no artist who doesn’t benefit from sketching whether in color, line or doing value sketches.
    For some artists, especially who do large watercolors, sketching is very necessary. I do always sketch large still life and also complex floral paintings. Watercolor paper cannot tolerate eraser or strong lines, therefore, we use sketch as the main reference.
    I think I was too busy with medical issues and vaccines and side effects, so got a quite long break.
    Wishing you good luck with the new challenge!

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    1. Thanks for the good wishes. I’m not taking part in the 100 Days Sketching Challenge since I have too many other things going on, but I wanted to share the information with others. I try to do a bit of drawing every day. It is such an important skill for the rest of our art. ๐Ÿ™‚

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