1. take a paper and draw (or fold it in) 24 squares (or 48 or 96)
2. put a timer on 15 minutes (more squares, more minutes)
3. draw a portrait in every square (work fast!!! don't think!)
4. stop when time is up
5. put the timer on 5 minutes (or a bit more with more squares)
6. put some colored accents in your portraits
7. stop when time is up
8. be HAPPY with your piece of art
Bonus: There is absolutely no need to put yourself down for not having made a wonderful piece of art, because that is not possible in such a short period of time. But I guess you had fun and became more creative and free as time went by and you had to rush to finish the portraits. And that was exactly what this assignment was meant to do!
I gave myself an assignment today: draw 1000 hearts on these pages. It was an interesting proces. At first I drew slow and wanted them all to be beautiful. Then I tried to make them faster, finding a way to draw a heart in one line. Then I had so many doubts: it's not going to be 'good', 1000 hearts are not going to fit here, why not make 500, but I promissed to do 1000. Listening to all these thought while counting was quite a task, I can tell you. When I was at 1000 hearts I had to do a few more.
What was this assignment telling me about myself? A lot, I guess.
First doodle of this year, while thinking about things I would like to do a little bit different this year. It's interesting that the older I get the less radical my ideas for a new year tend to be. Am I just generally happy with my life only in need of light corrections or is it lazyness? Interesting question to spend the first day of the year on...