A New Challenge for December

So I won NaNoWriMo. Here’s the proof:

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So, yay me?

It was a pretty cool thing to do. I wrote 50,000 words, and I’m glad I did it, but I don’t feel satisfied by this victory. I’m still hungry. It was fun to work on a different project for a while, but finishing NaNoWriMo doesn’t mark any progress on any of the other goals (writing and art) that I’ve been trying to achieve for the last couple years. I proved I have enough time to 50,000 words in a month. This month, I need to use that time to get stuff done.

I liked having a monthly project, though. That’s a nice, solid amount of time to focus on something. In December, instead of having a word goal for each day, I’d like to make some art each day. Therefore, I’m challenging myself to make 31 sketches during the month of December. My idea is that these can be warm-up sketches, twenty-minute sketches. A short exercise that won’t necessarily use up my entire creative output for the day (I’m hoping I’ll be able to sketch and then write, or sketch and then work on a more complicated artwork), but that will at least ensure SOME amount of creative output.

What do you think? I’d like to post sketches on the blog; do you want to see them? And would you prefer daily sketch updates, or a dump of several sketches every few days or week?

Here’s today’s sketch. I call it Grumpy Self Portrait. I tried to capture that back-to-work-the-Monday-after-Thanksgiving feeling, and I really focused on the expression and the asymmetry of my face. (And yes, I did a sketch yesterday for Dec 1, so this is sketch #2. I’ll share #1 later this week.)

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Please tell me what you think about the new project, and how often you’d like to see updates on the blog. Also, if any art folks are interested in joining me for this December Sketch-A-Day adventure, please let me know; it would be great to have some company. 🙂



10 thoughts on “A New Challenge for December

  1. Congrats on NaNo 🙂 And I love this sketch a day concept! I wish I was a better artist — if I were, I’d probably spend all my free time drawing whatever book/movie/celebrity I’m currently in love with, and I’d never get anything done! Keep posting your sketches 🙂

    • Thanks, Michelle! I don’t normally spend too much time drawing celebrities, but I’m trying to make most of these sketches from observation so there might be time for some of that this month. 🙂

  2. I think a sketch a day is a great goal and I would love to see them. If you post every day, I may not be able to keep up, but I will catch up eventually, so just post when you feel like posting. 🙂

    • I’m thinking every few days is probably what I’ll end up doing, just because I don’t have time in my busiest days to do a sketch *and* make a blog about it. I did another sketch yesterday, so I’ll be posting a few of them either today or tomorrow.

    • Cool! That’s exciting; l look forward to seeing them! (And I’m trying to do 31 sketches, because I started on the 1st, but you can subtract however many days into December it is when you start from your goal. I.e. if you do your first one today, you’d be aiming for 28 by the end of the month.)

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