Nowadays, given all my unpredictable health issues & my crazy schedule as an art teacher, working artist and the mom of a live-in college student, I am very careful about the online art challenges I attempt. I have a bit more free time during the summer so I decided to play along with a very worthwhile challenge developed by the inspirational Tammy Garcia of Daisy Yellow: Index-Card-a-Day 2012 (aka ICAD).
The directive is simple: Art up a humble index card every day during June and July. I attempted this same challenge last year but I hampered my efforts with too many self-imposed rules. Once I fell behind, it was all over except for the "I failed" blog post. However, I later realized a very important habit developed from my 20-day flirtation with this challenge: The brief time I spent illustrating something every day actually did blossom into an unwavering daily cartooning practice. Too awesome!
For me, the key will be to stay a couple of steps (and days) ahead. That way, when I have an icky health moment or a day that has to be spent away from the studio, I can relax, assured that I won't get behind. Now, in truth, it wouldn't really matter if I did miss a card or two. It is a simple thing to just begin again. However, it is tough emotionally to yield anything to chronic health issues and I do better if I either 1) power through anyway or 2) provide for a little safety net so projects won't hit the concrete if I am forced to take a break.