Saturday, February 19, 2022

The 100 Day Project


I was innocently scrolling through my Instagram feed when I came upon a post by an artist who declared her intention to participate in The 100 Day Project. It would begin the next day, Feb. 13. Although I vaguely recollected seeing the project hashtag in previous years (this is its ninth year), it had been otherwise off my radar.

The project is wide open – participants can draw, paint, sing, dance, write haiku – anything creative (and maybe not even very creative) goes, as long as the commitment to do it for 100 consecutive days is made. In a cocky moment, I said to myself, “Ha – I’ve drawn my hand for 407 consecutive days; 100 days is for amateurs.”

Then I started thinking longer, and I reminded myself that I haven’t been doing many imaginary drawings lately. Compared to drawing from life, which I have been doing nearly daily for more than 10 years, drawing from my head is so much more difficult. And yet I’d like to develop that skill that I had as a child and apparently left behind (as so many adults do). Maybe doing it for 100 consecutive days is just the kick in the pants I need.

And so, with less than a day to mentally prep, I committed to taking part in the project: I will draw from my imagination for 100 consecutive days beginning Feb. 13.

One thing I appreciate about the project is that the coordinators recommend an activity that will take no more than five to 10 minutes a day, which is more likely to be sustainable. A doodle in a few minutes – I can certainly manage that! Overall, the project has almost no rules: “Anything is okay, it’s your project. The rules are made up.” The only objective is to motivate creativity. I like that.

I’ll check in here periodically to show my progress. I’m posting daily on Instagram with my hashtag #miatagrrldrawsfromherhead.

Technical note: My immediate inclination was to start a fresh sketchbook dedicated to this project; I like the “neatness” of keeping all the project sketches together. Then it occurred to me that this is exactly the kind of thing that belongs in my daily-carry “whatever” journal. The book is always on me; I am not using specific materials or tools – just grabbing whatever is accessible and comfortable. Just like the project itself, my casual pocket journal promotes ongoing, integrated creativity: It’s not about the product but the process. The medium is the message.

On Day 3, I remembered that it's always easier to do a project like this in
a series or with a theme. So for the next several days, I decided to show my hair-dos
through the decades, beginning with the Farrah Fawcett '70s.


  1. This sounds like a fun project, but I've been too busy to commit to anything right now...although I do plan to do the 100 People. Right now I'm procrastinating and should be working on a house portrait commission.

    1. I know -- you always have lots of projects going on! Love seeing all you are doing!

  2. Nowadays I like trying to draw from observations, from memories and from imagination. I wonder if this project helped you got over the feeling of'making an accurate house drawing" somehow. For a long time, I wanted to paint what I wanted to see instead of what I saw but wasn't able to do it. However, this year it seems a bit easier and I feel brave enough to rearrange the details even when sketching on location. I think drawing comic strips helps.

    1. I would like to be a more well-rounded sketcher -- able to draw from sight, from memory, from imagination -- in whatever way I choose. But they all take practice! I'm sure each method helps the others, though, so I'm optimistic!


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