Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Project: Create - Day 01

Welcome to the blog post corresponding to my first day of Project: Create, an ongoing challenge through the month of July encouraging people to create something every day. If you want more details as to what the project entails, I'll point you towards this post I wrote a couple of days ago which outlines all the caveats of the challenge.

I was hoping to kick the challenge off with something writing-based, but an unexpected long stint at work and a subsequent commitment left me with very little time to put something together. I ended up deciding to draw something. As I outlined in my previous post, it's been a long time since I drew anything other than the most basic of doodles, so I was a bit apprehensive in putting pen to paper.

After thinking about what I wanted to draw for a while, I settled on revisiting an old friend - a character of my own creation named Aranton. He's the protagonist for a fantasy novel I have in the works. It's fairly safe to assume you'll be reading about him at least once over the course of July, as he's bound to feature in some of my other submissions for the project. My aim for this drawing, besides getting reacquainted with an unfamiliar form of creativity, was to re-imagine the character in a way that made him feel a little more normal, while retaining those elements of fantasy that distinguish him as something not of reality.

Overall, I'd say I'm happy with the drawing, but not sufficiently happy, if that makes sense. It's very basic, there are problems with proportions and perspectives, but to be honest it's a fair crack considering it's the first bit of drawing I've done for ages. Besides, the purpose of this project is not to create a masterpiece, but to stimulate the creative part of the brain and get those creative juices flowing. In that respect at least, the picture is a resounding success - I really enjoyed drawing it, even if the final product isn't all that great:


Of course, I'm not doing this on my own. Loads of other awesome people are participating in this endeavour, all of whom are awesome and deserve to be followed. First up is Hayley Carr, the instigator of this project. Her first entry is a song written and recorded in spite of some unfortunate setbacks. My good friend Tom Mayhew's first contribution was a brilliantly-written poem about the double-edged sword that is love. Alice Bowskill is also involved, and her opening gambit is also a great poem titled Yesterday. Finally, friend and comic Pete Dillon-Trenchard has started the challenge with a short comedy skit uploaded to his YouTube channel. Do yourself a favour and follow them all - they're all great people, and I'm convinced they're all going to produce some fantastic stuff over this coming month.

I hope you'll return to this blog tomorrow for whatever I end up submitting for Day 02. I should have a little more time on my hands as I'm due to finish work earlier tomorrow, so I'll have a whole evening to craft something for you all. Until then, thanks for reading (looking?), and I'll see you around.

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