Have you seen those posts on Instagram of people keeping a daily sketchbook? They seem to be all over mine, especially this time of year. I've admired them for a while wanting so badly to have one but afraid I wouldn't be able to keep it up. So in December, I ran a little test for myself. I created a page in my sketchbook everyday for about three weeks. It turns out that it wasn't difficult to keep up! I really loved experimenting a little every day and thought about how was going to complete my page throughout the day. When the new year came around, I knew I wanted to make this my year long project.
I'm doing my pages in a Canson Drawing notebook. The pages are little thicker than a regular sketchbook. I need that because I like to use paint on my pages. Wet mediums like paint and matte medium do cause the pages to wrinkle a bit, but that doesn't really bother me. The notebook measures 8.5 inches by 5.5 inches. It really is the perfect size for me. I'll only be able to fit 2-3 months in one journal. When I run out of space, I can start a new notebook like this or maybe change things up a bit. I'll figure that out when I get there. I don't really have any guidelines or rules for this project. The main idea is to create something everyday. Even when I'm really busy, I can find 10-15 minutes to draw or paint something.
I'm planning to share something from this project every Saturday. Sometimes it may be a roundup of all the pages and sometimes it may be something more. Today, I have a quick time lapse video from my most recent page. You can see the rest of the pages from this week on my Instagram account or using the hashtag #dailysketchbookbycasey2017.
I hope you enjoy seeing this project this year! If you have a year long project, I would love to hear about it!