It’s been a while since I’ve devised an artistic challenge, and so beginning tomorrow and for the full month of May, I’ll be creating one illustration a day. Even though I have a big job/deadline on my drawing table, it seems those are the times I feel a great need to refresh and inform myself while frolicking with the muse. The parameters will be a concentration on design and tonal value, to be completed in the morning within an hour.
Wherever one is in their career, there is always something new to learn and explore. The first seed that inspired this challenge is a critique (above) I received from illustrator Matt Faulkner www.mattfaulkner.com, who pointed out things I can concentrate on to improve my craft. The other seed is I’ve been privileged to take a picture book making class with illustrator Laura Montenegro here who stirred the pot of my creative process.
To make things more interesting, I’ll be picking 3 subject suggestions from this list I’ve compiled to create the illustration. Hopefully it will feed into my sense of the absurd.
Starting May 1st .. Let the wild rumpus begin!
Update: Here are some of my favorites of the month:
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