Calendar Project: July

6 August 2011

Oh my.
Stripes and Wings - Small

Now this, *this*, is what the calendar project is supposed to be all about.

The Calendar Project was my latest attempt at a new year’s resolution to get myself drawing again. The first was “do a drawing a day” 2009. I’ve heard other artists sing the praises of this one as a way of improving, but found myself  just scribbling out a 5 second doodle at 5 to midnight just to say I’d done something. The quality was really poor and I wasn’t really learning anything. So next was “do 5 full-size drawings this year”. I botched the 3rd and stopped there. This year’s is a variation on that theme; I’m not making a calendar, but assigning a month to each drawing is an easy way to keep track of how many you’ve done. And it appears to be working.

The idea was to get myself drawing again. Most of the other sketches in the series involved me looking at the calendar, noticing I only had a week left and racking my brain for days trying to dream up a concept for something to draw. Then about a day of thinking it over and planning.

But this one was different. I was still on a tight deadline after spending too long colouring June (which was a bit of a disappointment). I left work feeling like I was in the mood to draw, picked up a pencil when I got home and just went for it. It’s the closest I’ve come to the way how I used to draw years ago, where I’d just sit in front of the TV or in my room with a sketchbook and see what came out.

Truth be told, I think a lot of it’s because you can’t really have a sketchbook at your desk at work and just drop everything for a quick sketch when an idea comes into your head. I have mountains less-than-presentable content doodled when I was at Uni, but those books are pretty empty now. Maybe this project will do the job.