Each week I set myself a creative challenge. This week’s challenge was:
Make an illustration for each day of the week of something that happened that day, that stood out, that says something about your day.
As I see my creative challenge as a journey of growth, I plan to shortly evaluate each challenge after each week by asking myself three questions:
What was fun?
Taking the time to draw and doing what I love to do. And starting with a blanco page and see how it developed into an illustration. Also realizing that most of what I was drawing were probably things I wouldn’t necessarily remember for the rest of my life, if it weren’t for me capturing the moments now.
What was difficult?
I found it hard to find time each day. I captured some days the day after, or was drawing after midnight to accomplish my challenge. Basically life is busy without extra challenges, so adding something that needs some time every day was something requiring some effort from my side. The second hard thing for me to do was to switch of my self-criticism. For example I wasn’t that happy with day 3 and 4 in terms of results.
What did I learn?
My best work comes from when I feel happy and inspired. More than on the result I should be focused on having fun, where normally the result will follow as a function from the process. Also, putting a little effort and time in something will bring you quite far. No time is never an excuse. It’s always a matter of setting priorities.
October 30, 2011 at 15:16
You are incredibly talented!!! I love your use of colour.
Belly B :)
October 30, 2011 at 16:35
Your drawing skills are amazing! The colour is gorgeous and I’m impressed that you did one every day.
Gulcin of Olric
October 30, 2011 at 22:13
I always admire people who has challenges. This is wonderful and very beneficial to improve your skills. I really loved your journey and want to see your future pages!
October 31, 2011 at 07:50
This is such a great idea! I often wish I pushed myself more to be creative, might have to try this out!
October 31, 2011 at 09:23
such a great idea! I’m definitely trying that one too! I’ll let you know how it turns out in the end :)
A Splash of Ida
October 31, 2011 at 19:29
WONDERFUL!!! :-) I am starting this challenge today!!! :-) so excited. thanks for the inspiration!
Magical Day Dream
November 1, 2011 at 08:00
@ Belly B, Libby, Gulcin: Thanks!
@ Katherine: That’s why I started this challenge in the first place :) Let me know if you do!
@ Paula: Awesome! I would love to see it!!
@ A splash of Ida: Great! I would love to hear how it went and see your results as well!
November 3, 2011 at 10:28
For some reason, your photos are not loading for me this morning, so I can’t see what you created :( BUT I think this is an amazing idea and I can’t wait to get started. Happy Thursday! <3
Magical Day Dream
November 3, 2011 at 21:39
@alovelylittleworld: hmm that’s too bad (here I didn’t have any trouble..) I hope it will work again soon :) I would love to hear from you when you do!
July 20, 2012 at 13:46
You seem to be very creative person. I came across your blog because you left a comment on mine and I can’t stop scrolling! Although your style of drawing/painting is extremely far from mine, I love that you try to broaden your horizons and make something different everytime. What do you think about following each other and keeping in touch?:)
Magical Day Dream
July 27, 2012 at 07:49
Thank you so much :) I do try to push myself creatively. I try to keep up with my readers as much as possible, but only follow a very selective number of blogs to keep things from getting too much to digest.. :)