Happy, happy new year to you all! I love this date as it is ripe with possibilities, hope and ideas. And my idea for 2013 is a big one, something I hope to have a cheering section for because it is going to take everything I have to make thought reality.
I blame the lovely iHanna for planting this notion in my head. It seems simple enough at first blush: Create 365 of something in 2013; iHanna is focusing on collage but this project is fully customizable to each brave individual that answers the call. Further contemplation reveals a daunting task. Historically, I don't last long in these types of challenges but there is much to be learned in the attempt.
So I am putting out there on this first glorious day of the new year: I intend to create 365 Characters in 2013. Here's the why and what of this declaration.
In 2012, I began to swing my focus towards honing my illustration & storytelling skills; I see that focus sharpening in 2013. Illustration can take many forms: drawing, painting, soft sculpture in fabric or hard sculpture in clay. However I choose to bring a character to life, I hope that each one will be able to tell a wee visual story.
My characters will be human, humanoid, creature or critter. No doubt a smattering of robots will appear. Many of these characters will be created in the course of other projects such as teaching samples or work for a show. Many more will be created "just because."
I am not setting a weekly goal for myself because I know my life too well. Basically, I'm going to launch myself towards the number "365" and see how far I get.
And since today marks the beginning of this crazy adventure, my first character is out on safari, exploring the jungles of the unknown. I drew and colored her head and then drew and detailed 10 other pieces to construct her body. Basically, this is grown-up paper doll work.