In January I tried a new creative challenge: 28 to Make. I can hear you thinking "Marci, you are a photographer, why the hell are you blogging about drawing?". True, frankly I'm quite shit at drawing, but this project was about so much more. Drawing, poetry, collages - but more importantly, about setting a goal and sticking to it, creating something every day for 28 days. Seems easy? Trust me, it's not.
A little backstory: 28 to Make is a creative project running on Creative Live. For 28 days, every day you look at a brief video which gives you a small creative challenge. Draw your drink, a receipt, do blackout poetry on a random piece of text, combine a photo with a drawing and much, much more.
It's really not about creating nice bits of art, you are just doing this for yourself. Half of the stuff I made would make zero sense to anyone looking at it, because it's so personal and connected to this project (or maybe they are just crap and I'm too embarrassed to show them ;).
So what's the point then? The main reason to do this project is to get into the habit of creativity and the habit of creating something every day. I also had something to prove to myself: that I could follow through with the project and consistently do the challenges. A few years ago I did a 52 week photography challenge and it took me 1.5 years to complete instead of 1. With this one, I succeeded.
I definitely doodle a lot more now - if I'm bored in class, I might just sketch a cool car. If I have an essay to write on Zapotec burials, I can sketch a badass rain god-shaped burial urn to go along with it. But most importantly, almost every day I'll do something creative: take photos, write something, draw something or even come up with weird new recipes in the kitchen. I did most of these before the project too, but I feel like I have become more consistent.
And why the hell did I write a blog about this? Well, partly to convince everyone to try 28 to Make or some similar project and probably partly just to show off how well I can draw a Land Rover Defender from memory while sitting in a boring lecture. Try doing a project like this, it's totally worth it!