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
My friend Steve is producing a project called “Project Los Angeles”, which is a feature film composed of multiple shorts. Each short film details the trials, triumphs, and on occasion, entertaining minutia of various neighborhoods in Los Angeles. He’s asked a handful of directors to create these shorts about their neighborhoods, giving each section of the final product a unique and genuine feel. The finished product is an open love letter to the town we’ve become so intimate with.
This project has been in the works for a while, and Steve approached me about writing a project an embarrassing amount of time ago. I never quite found my motivation, however- that is, until today. When it hit me, I banged up a fictional narrative detailing the unique aspects of dating whilst mired in the counter culture of Silver Lake. I wrote the first draft entirely in one day.
Here’s a snippet from my screenplay, “Silver Lake”. I became the very stereotype I was decrying by writing this. And now I’m trapped in a self-referential meta loop of recursion. Basically, it’s like I’m in The House of Leaves, except there’s raping dickwolves.
Later, feeling refreshed, invigorated, and self-satisfied, I was watching Family Guy. Brian, cartoon dog and modern day prophet, uttered words that will stick with me for a while. “You are the Spalding Gray of crap.”
Note that I’m posting this retroactively. I’ll fill in highlights of the month of April throughout today.
Brave Newbie Writers
- No Weekend Left Behind An adventure group dedicated to ensuring that when the work week is done, the weekend lives up to it’s potential.
- The Eskhaton The life and times of Cub, an adventurer I respect blossoming with energy who sucks the marrow out of life.
- This Tumblr Will Change Your Life Part instruction manual, part therapy, part religious cult, part sheer anarchy, this is a day-to-day quest very similar to “This Book Will Change Your Life”