Saturday, December 3, 2011
Taking on Challenges
Running Up That Hill
I think it is good to take on a challenge once in a while, shake things up. Since this is mostly an art blog I will stick to that side of the fence (though you could apply this to anything)
Why should we take up a challenge? Well for one there is a theory (and this is a hell of a paraphrase) that says without challenges we stagnate and die (I told you it was a paraphrase!)
We need to push the boundaries so that we can grow!
Who Needs It?
We all do. Whether it is to do 30 characters in 30 days, 30 panels in 30 days, 24 hour comic day or nanowrimo - writing a book in 30 days. These are but a few, I'm sure there is many more.
They don't have to be sponsored by a website! I took up a personal sketch a day challenge back a couple months ago. I was good for the first 10 days or so but fell behind pretty quickly. I should have done quick 5 to 10 minute sketches (which was the point) but I found myself taking longer and doing more than what the original challenge was all about. This could be classified as - a pitfall.
Pitfalls, Missteps, Blunders
You have to be careful that you stick with the program/rules of the challenge and yes there is a reason challenges have rules (see above pitfall) but the idea is others have completed most of them before so it can be done but only if you stick "close to their rules...
This blog has also been a challenge. I tried to write weekly instead I wrote "weakly"!
Yes I misstep-ed and missed some weeks of writing but I tried to supplement by posting drawings and that didn't work for many of you. Many of you missed the journal-ling of our adventure in creating and I apologize as I have come to realize I am not that great of a troop leader!
I have difficulty keeping the "eye on the prize" and get easily sidetracked which leads to the blunders.
Learning to UN-learn
That's where challenges can come in handy. You do have to give up certain things when you take on a challenge. You give up some of your usual creative processes but sometimes they can be crutches. This scares some people. You can't be too particular or precious about your art in a challenge.
It is about experimentation and learning and for some that is tough. Especially if you are used to one way of doing something.
I believe that you need incentive but you also need to want to do it. There is no point in doing something you know you won't finish. So enjoy yourself. Remember, that is what we are here for.
My Art Week
(see posted sketches)
Tell me what creative challenges you took part in this year.
They don't have to be the ones I linked to but they can be personal goals/challenges!
I will link to them.
I'd be interested in what things you learned in your challenge!
ArrOOoo! Go out and be Creative!