An Endless Series
June 1 snuck up on me. I had planned to do a "something specific-a-day-in-June" thing, just for me. A personal challenge of sorts. Not that I don't do "something" each day (I do), but I wanted to see what happens if I work under some form of an umbrella focus for the month. I thought I knew, vaguely, what that focus was, hinging on the fact that in my head June remains self-portrait month, thanks to the CMP and my birthday. But, M had foot surgery on Friday, so it ended up being a bit of a "hobbled" day. (Bad one, I know.) I drew... a lamp hanging from the wall in a hospital room.
May similarly snuck in on me. And I let missing a day or two stop me.
This month, I think I still have an "a-day" in me, and I'm not going to get hung up on the fact that I missed June 1.
Saturday morning, I sat and worked on these:
I've been hooked on this idea ever since Poppins first posted about the swap to the CMP Group. I haven't clicked "Join" yet. At first, I didn't because I wasn't sure I could do this. That was the point of sitting with them Saturday morning and "giving it a try." (I'd given it a cursory try in a few free car minutes last week, and it wasn't clicking. Poppins posted her preliminary work so I could see some in progress, and that really helped clear up my confusion about how the template works. Thanks, Poppins!) So, I sat yesterday morning... and I got hopelessly and utterly obsessed with these litlte sketches.
Now, I haven't clicked "Join" because I know that if I actually bring these to life (real ink drawings and color), I'm going to have a hard time giving them away. I, um, like to keep things. Even M couldn't believe I'd give them away when I showed off the sketches and demonstrated how they work. Litlte M, too, is fascinated with them and had a lot of questions about them when he came in this morning and found me, again, sketching on this series. Here's where I'm at now:
(So, 12 preliminary sketches. You'll have to click through to Flickr to get a better sense of them.)
If, in the next day or so, I can bring the first two of these into crisp ink on a card, I think I will click "join." If I don't, I know myself... I'll probably never take them beyond this first step. Clicking "join" pushes me... even if I hate the final act of giving it away. Plus, I'm making a deal with myself. I'll make 12-15, instead of just the 9 required. That way, I'll have a mini set left of my own to mix in with the ones I receive.
(For those interested in things of this sort... check out this set of MOO cards. I ran into them the other day. Very cool.)