100 Days of Drawing // Week 1

I am participating in The Great Discontent's 100 Day Project! In their own words:

It’s a celebration of process that encourages everyone to participate in 100 days of making. The great surrender is the process; showing up day after day is the goal. For the100-Day Project, it’s not about fetishizing finished products—it’s about the process.

Each day for 100 Days, I am creating an original drawing of a place or object I observe. I dedicated a special sketchbook just to this project. Below each drawing [not pictured] I've been logging a personal note about my day. I'll be sharing periodic updates on instagram with the tag #100daysofdrawing, but you can catch a weekly digest here to see all 7 drawings from the prior week.

Below you can enjoy Drawings 1 - 7

It was a tough process getting started for me. I fussed over whether I had the right pencils and lighting to make the item dynamic. I spent a little too much time on the first few drawings (in some cases over 45 minutes) and quickly realized that for the good of the project I needed to reduce the daily time commitment so I was less likely to miss a day. By the 3rd and 4th day, I felt like I was getting into the swing of things.

Day 1 // Dinner Fork

Day 2 // Men's Watch

Day 3 // Mini Stapler

By this day I was down to a 20 minute drawing. This amount of time feels good to me. I can choose objects that are interesting and capture some details without going overboard.

Day 4 // Big White Lacey Flower

On this day I stopped along the trail after a hike in the Oakland Hills and allowed myself to sketch as much as I could of a beastly white flower with huge leaves in my newfound time limit. I'm liking that this project is portable. It opens up a whole world of subject matter.

Day 5 // Mini Anvil

Day 6 // Sugar Snap Peas

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Day 7 // Golden Sage Leaves

The act of sitting down to draw is already getting a little less daunting. I'm excited to see where week 2 will take me.