It’s been a few weeks since I last wrote a blog post. It’s mainly because as I was approaching the end of the 100 day project, I started receiving contacts for quite a few design projects. Some have taken off and others were just enquiries. I must say, I was pretty exhausted after the drawing challenge but have fully recovered now and my batteries are back to full charge! For the duration of the project and then with the additional and very enjoyable work on top, I was putting in long hours to make sure the quality of work I was producing stayed consistently high.
It’s funny to think that I decided to take part in the challenge only a couple of days before starting it, and fully immersed myself and completed the 100 days. Go me!!
I loved researching my chosen theme ‘100 days of the ocean’ and learned so much! It’s such a wonderful topic and so relevant to what is happening in our seas, what with climate change, plastic waste and the fact we’re still discovering new sea life creatures too. I ended up illustrating lots of ideas relating to the ocean such as, the sea, on land, what to wear in the ocean, sailors and mermaids, variety of sea life, and maps. During the drawing challenge we had a heat wave, so of course the warm climate inspired me to create illustrations centred around holidays, which was fun!
I liked the majority of my illustrations, but there were some I was not too keen on after seeing them completed. However, I posted them anyway. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and so I wanted to make sure I created a better piece for the next day. Even though this added extra pressure, I didn’t mind at all. I rather enjoyed pushing myself and setting a high standard to work towards.
When starting the 100 day project, I aimed to keep to one hour for each piece. In fact, for most of the artwork, I spent approximately four to six hours. I believe this helped them to attract a lot of interest and it also means that I now have more work for my portfolio, new friends (online) and more work for clients to purchase or license. Overall, all the hard work has definitely paid off and I would recommend taking part. I will be seriously considering doing the challenge again next year. We’ll see though! It will depend on how much client work I have at the time.
I want to share with you some of my most recent illustrations, as well as my favourites too. I hope you like them too!
Designs from the 100 day project
It’s clear to see that I’ve used particular colours for the 100 day project. These being teal, turquoise, blues, greens, orange, yellows and black, with the blues and greens standing out the most.
You can see more of my illustration work for the drawing challenge on instagram, Facebook and on my online portfolio. If you’re interested in purchasing any of the designs, you can find them in my Etsy shop and I’ve recently started selling patterns for fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap on Spoonflower. I will be adding more designs to Etsy and Spoonflower very soon. 🙂
Emma Jayne x