Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Beginning the Next 365 with a New (Insane) Project in Mind

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.


  1. Oh I'm so glad you're joining me and doing this Michelle! Yay, I will make a button and post it tomorrow or so. I like you, realiazie it'z quite an insane idea/project but let's just try it in January. If by the end of Feb I don't have even 50 collages I will reconsider! OMG, it sounds way too much for me... we'll see!

    Happy New Year!

  2. Oooo, I'm so excited to see what you will create!! YOU CAN DO IT!!! =D Love LOVE the little safari girl! The background is gorgeous too!

  3. I read Hanna's challenge too and am giving it thought - don't want to enter into it lightly, but I do like the idea of a goal - a commitment. Yours is extraordinary and I can't wait to see what you make all year.... Here's to a creative, productive 2013.


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