Create a new piece of art every day. Draw, sketch, paint, design, sculpt, write, photograph, film, or record something every day. It doesn't have to be great, it doesn't even have to be good- it just has to be a new piece you've expressed yourself with. It can be anything ranging from a simple doodle to a polished symphony, as long as it's new to that day. Don't worry, this isn't to impress anyone. Try different mediums, try different styles, and if you can't think of anything, scrawl on a bar napkin.
Simply create something new that you can keep a record of.
Why:Much like February's challenge, let's try to explore ourselves a bit more. By making a daily habit of creating something new, you'll create a daily habit of removing yourselves from the stressors of your life. For a few minutes every day, you don't need to worry about bills, work responsibilities, or relationship woes. By creating one new thing every day, you'll have amassed a variety of skills and a body of work by the end of the month you may be suprised by.
Bonus points!Take one of two paths:
Try a new medium every day. Not an artist? Maybe you just haven't found an artistic medium that speaks to you. There are literally hundreds of ways to create art, see if you can find something that tickles your fancy. Focus on one medium for the entire month. It's a common challenge in the art community to sketch something every day. Why? Because you'll get ridiculously good at drawing and conceptualizing shapes. Perhaps sticking with one method can help you hone a skill you've always wanted?
And while you're at it, see about sticking to the previous month's challenges! Can you use art as a way to build community and strengthen relationships with people met in January? Can you create art using February's skill? Can you take lessons at nearby studios discovered in March?
Resources:Art Styles Explained - A remedial view of some new visual art styles you might want to try!
Blick Art Materials - A good online shop for pretty much any form of visual art medium you are looking to experiment with.
eHow.com: Recording Music at Home - A good place to start if you prefer audio
Worth1000 Contests - Stuck? How about entering a contest with some computer
Well, April is finished. Easter, my birthday, and a slew of artistic ventures have come and gone. Here’s a recap of what happened:
Surprisingly Positive Consequences:
- I had my first “real” showing in an artistic venue! Well, kind of. Thanks to a flash mob, my stencils of “Keep Calm and Urinate” were proudly displayed in some “very small galleries” at the Brewery Art Walk in Los Angeles. It turned out these small galleries were Port-O-Potties, but let’s focus on the positive aspects: People saw my art while not wearing any pants!
- I shot and directed my first documentary short- which will ultimately emerge as a short internet commercial on Perez Hilton’s fashion blog, cocoperez – In doing so I met the LOVELY pop star Skyler Stonestreet and got to work with a very dear friend and insanely talented latex designer, Abigail Greydanus.
- I wrote, co-directed, and played the lead role in “Silver Lake”, a piece that will later be incorporated in the feature film “Project Los Angeles”.
- I experienced moments of catharsis and fulfillment that I did not know a human was capable of feeling. Photographing a panorama of Los Angeles from the burnt down ruins of The White City after a 16 mile hike was… transcendent.
- I grew closer to already incredible friends. If any of my blog readers learn anything from this month’s challenge, it should be this: NOTHING PULLS PEOPLE TOGETHER LIKE THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF A LARGE ART PROJECT. Between the crew on my films and the friends who simply painted with me at art parties, our community grew and strengthened by leaps and bounds.
Slightly Negative Results
I. Am. Exhausted. The final project, the culmination of this month’s project, led to some of the most intense work I’ve ever done. Between the pre-production and the insane multi-tasking on set until 4 AM, I at points questioned if creating a film was something I could do while working a full time job “on the side”. Turns out it was!
Surprisingly… Surprising Consequences.
While this month’s challenge afforded me more amazing opportunities and brought me closer to friends than previous month’s, none of it felt that “new”. Whenever I sit down to make an art piece, it’s a “new” experience I suppose, so as an artist, I’m not sure it exactly stretched my comfort bubble. Which is why I ended up turning to film, a medium I’ve always been too intimidated by to tackle with the gusto it requires. That change in direction captured the point of this project more effectively, I believe. That being said, I’d say I “achieved” something far greater and more tangible than I thought I would in the course of The Brave New by creating “Silver Lake”, and I hope others felt as gratified as well!
So, Brave Newbies, what did you create? Are you ready to rediscover yourself in next month’s challenge: Old is The New New?
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