The 100 Day Project is hosted by The Great Discontent. The official project dates this year were from April 19 - July 24. The idea is to choose a theme and then create 1 thing per day based on your topic.
I wanted to choose something all-encompassing that gave me a lot of wiggle room, so I chose #100daysofdrawingtheinternet.
I completed 86 of 100 drawings.
First of all, I got behind. I went on vacation. Got really behind, couldn’t catch up. Then I kept thinking I’d finish the last several drawings so I could say I finished 100 days. I gave myself lots of time, but never got around to it. Now it’s November. I’m posting and I’m calling this project
Turns out “drawing the internet” was way too open for me. I need more constraints! A lot of days, I just couldn’t choose what to draw. There was too much self-imposed pressure to pick the “right” thing. Sometimes I literally (I’m not lying when I say literally here) spent an hour or more, browsing pinterest to find the perfect image. I created a whole board of images I was interested in drawing, so I would have a queue, but I would still browse daily.
It was horrible, actually.
Last year I did #100daysofletteringbyleiah and that went well. With lettering, I think it helped that I wasn’t referencing anything - I was just drawing words and phrases from my head. But this year, referencing images from online was too much. I always felt like I had to make it look like the original. It was stifling. So that’s why I didn’t finish.
And I ain’t even mad. I love a lot of the drawings I did during this 100 day project. I loved the feedback on instagram. But I seriously felt like I put myself in the worst situation and I just couldn’t shake that feeling of picking the right image to draw. I was dreading doing my drawing each day because I knew it would involve me sitting for hours on my ipad, scrolling pinterest until something “felt right.” Yikes. Never again!
Next time I’d choose something a lot more specific. Like 100 days of drawing endangered tree frogs. 100 days of drawing 90s toys I used to play with. Or choose a theme where I’m not even referencing anything, like I did with lettering. 100 days of absolute nonsensical doodles. 100 days of drawing the exact same house plant over and over. Those I could live with.