#The100DayProject: Day 1 to Day 27-Recap
Before my work gets lost in the endless depths of the Instagram world, I’ve decided to record and share my thoughts and reflections on #The100DayProject I’ve participated in during the spring and summer months of 2019.
The 100 Day Project is a global art event that takes place from April 2nd until July 10th. The rules are fairly simple: You choose your own creative project, do it for 100 days straight and share your process on Instagram with the hashtag #The100DayProject.
It was the sixth time in total that the project took place and the very first time for me to join in. I stumbled upon the project by a lucky accident – Since I planned to launch my Instagram page at the beginning of April, I decided to kickstart my content with the project.
My goal for my personal 100 Day Project was to simply get my art out there. I’ve wanted to post one illustration each day. Sharing my work with others has always been a super scary thing for me. Even though I’ve worked successfully with Instagram back in the days when I was a vegan blogger, I was really anxious to put my art out into world for everyone to see.
Originally my project was called #100DaysOfIllustratedHappiness. I’ve wanted to draw and upload a daily doodle about one thing that made me happy each day. My initial thought was that it would be easier to create an illustration every day if I had a theme/ prompt to follow, but it turned out that this weighed me down in my creative process and I quickly detached from that idea.
So instead I turned to drawing what inspired me the most each day: Things that I did, things that I saw or things that I liked.
Looking back at the first entries I did for the challenge I can see two things: First I wasn’t sure where to go with my style and this challenge at all in the beginning and second how much my artistic style has changed and evolved over the course of this project. In the beginning I was very fixated on the overall look of my instagram feed and I wanted all the illustrations to look pretty next to each other – I still do this, but I don’t choose my background color on this fact alone.
I tried to work with bright “girlie” colors because at this point in time I seemed to enjoy these a lot (and let’s be honest: I thought that they were very popular among the general instagram audience). I was obsessed with clean lines and had little to no knowledge about texture and color theory.
Right around easter time I decided to do a little experiment: I’ve had the sketches for cats inspired by Guillermo del Toro-movies lying around in one of my sketchbooks for a long time and I finally turned them into digital illustrations. I knew that they weren’t going to be a big hit with my instagram audience at this time, but I sure had a lot of fun drawing these girls.