Ok.. So it’s been a month or so (maybe more) since I’ve ended my 40 day (A Photo A Day) Project. I did mention (maybe in my head or here on Tumblr) that I wanted to start a drawing version of a 40 Day project.
It’s a perfect time to start this since I’m in the planning stages of an image that would entail a fair amount of post production. The sketching is going to come in handy in pre-production. Sketching it out is going to help me plan out what works in the frame and what does not. It also tells me what elements I need to hunt down when I am out shooting them.
Interestingly enough, it feels like the production element is in the post-production stage. But out of habit, let’s just break it down as such:
Pre-Production: Sketches, pre-producing photo shoots
WHAT IS REQUIRED DAILY
Just like how it was in “A Photo A Day”, I’ll be spending at least 30 minutes on sketching/drawing. What I’m drawing daily could vary and since I’m still making this up along the way, the contents could change.
I was tempted to draw ONE image for the 40 days but I feel that it might limit my growth. My intent is to get better at sketching ideas I have in my head. At the moment, it really is just blobs on paper. It’s frustrating when you have an idea in your head and can’t translate it.
The end goal really is not to be able to be crazy proficient in drawing. My background IS still in photography and I very much want that to be the foundation.
Through my time at Art Center, I’ve learnt that illustrators are extremely critical in details of an image. They spend so much time adding and subtracting elements to an image. They are able to do so since they are creating everything from scratch.
It’s different in photography where what you put in front of your camera is very much limited to what you can physically put in front of your camera. In some genres of photography, it’s all about framing the right elements with little to no control over what is happening in front of you.
I grew up with comic books and sci-fi fantasies. Possibly due to what I was exposed to in my younger years, I now have worlds I want to create that are in my head. Illustration has the ability to create anything from nothing. It’s something I’ve always admired.
Through these exercises I am hoping that it’d help in forcing me to be more conscious of what goes into my images and also allow me to translate ideas in my head onto paper.
I hope I’ll expand this exercise to a more focused area after the 40 days are over. Maybe targeting an area that I am extremely weak in.
Side Note on 40 Day projects: I’ve also come across some with 30 Day projects. That might be easier to keep track of since the start day would be the start of the month. 40 Days at this point would mean the project will end in Dec which works out anyway.