Actually I blame it on that tedx talk I watched about how you can learn anything within 21 days.
What I would really like to learn before I die is
- Chinese Mandarin
- Play the piano
- Do a pullup
- Ride a bicycle
- Publish a book
- How to be swift as a raging river and mysterious as the dark side of the moon.
But this post is not about that
This is me attempting to improve a skill and I figure the only way to do that is practice, practice, practice and then act like it was no big deal when people give you compliments
So I want to be better at drawing cartoons and creating comics, and a big part of that is story telling. So I have challenged myself to do a drawing or comic every single day, for as long as it takes, it could be 30 days, it could be a year. Right now, all I am really doing is making a commitment to dedicate time every day to draw something with some story.
Now, you can’t have a challenge without goals.
So what I am hoping to gain from this process is
1. See an improvement in technique
So, bear with me as I transition through different styles, in drawing, character development, inking, colouring, layout etc
2. Improvement in speed.
Right now, I will breeze through the draft and sketch stage but take forever doing the final inking and colouring, the drawings from day 2 and day 3, each took me about 3 hours to colour – which is ridiculous. I want to halve that time for a simple 3-6 panel drawing to about 30 minutes.
3. Improvement in Idea generation and story telling.
Currently a lot of the comics include a character PK that is based on yours trully and my trusty sidekick a dogfox called Blu. The stories are losely based on actual life events that happen to me, but as a self-confessed introvert that barely ventures beyond the safety of my room or office, I fear that the stories/adventures Blu and PK go on will quickly run dry. So I will get as many of them as possible out to allow me to start thinking of new characters and stories.
From here on out this blog will be dedicated to the art, more personal posts are on my other blog Dying to Exhale .
So, here’s to a new journey, wish me luck, or better yet, join me 🙂