Okay, that's not counting the purely digital ones and the bigger paintings and the few that I sold (woot!!)...but it's a rough estimate! I MADE IT, GUYS! Despite the few weeks that I took off due to sickness, vacation or moving the 365 days of drawing experiment has wrapped up in a timely fashion. Woohoo! (Also, I know what you're thinking: "Marie, why didn't you just keep all your drawings in a sketchbook?" Me: "Because I've been wanting to take this picture for 364 DAYS. Also scanning out of a book is hard.")
A few thoughts, if you'll indulge me a little self-reflection:
From day 1 to day 365, it was difficult to see any improvement in my skill. I think that goes for anyone trying to improve something on a daily basis; it's hard to see the change from point A to point B if you're so close to it the entire way. There were some days I really tried to stretch myself and some days I got really lazy. And heck, some days I was just lucky I got anything down despite the generous quantities of snorkjuice I had before sitting down to draw.
But I think that if I didn't improve significantly in my raw skill, I definitely learned how to STICK with it and to force myself to draw without sitting around for days and waiting for inspiration or getting distracted by--ooh, hey look a new episode of So You Think You Can Dance! Be right back. (I swear I've learned something.)
Most of all, I'm so incredibly grateful for the support of everyone that came to visit the blog, whether you left a comment or not. You guys don't know how much I appreciate it...SERIOUSLY. Anyone that has indulged in anything creative knows that it's a communal project more than anything and I thank you guys for your encouragement, suggestions, and opportunities to try thing I never would have before, such as planes, battlecorns, an Aang-glider, planes, lion-guns, koi fish and Avengers fan art even BEFORE I saw Avengers. And planes. Okay, maybe just one.
Special shout out to my awesome group art blog over at Anthdrawlogy! We collectively came up with some crazy fun topics that, again, stretched the old sharpie to do things it never dared do before. I seriously love those guys and in lieu of any regular updates here, you should check us out there every week.
And although I won't be posting EVERY day, I will be updating regularly here and picking up the three month old slack over at my other, slightly more writing centric blog.
Anyways, thanks for the fun ride, guys. After a handful of Star Wars/Ready Player One/Avatar fanart, an armful of mythical creatures and, naturally, a million unicorns, the end has come a bit too soon. Lots of love, quibbly friends. Let's celebrate! Sharpie cake and watercolor ice cream for everyone!