100 Days Project – One thing. Every day. x100.

100 Days Project – One thing. Every day. x100.

The 100 Days Project is simple. Choose one creative exercise, and then repeat it every day for 100 days. Record each daily effort and see what evolves in the work and in yourself over time. The project gives anyone a framework and the permission to be creative. It challenges you to dig deep into your creative reserves, to rely on your readiness to work in order to achieve creative breakthrough. It can be an end to procrastination, and the development of resilience. It takes a lot of energy, and yet the rewards can resonate for a long time after the 100th Day is over.

In 2011 Emma Rogan decided to start a 100 Days Project after reading about Michael Bierut’s ‘100 Days of Design’ class at Yale. She invited others to join her and word of the project spread. Since inception hundreds of people have participated in the project.

I began participating in the second iteration of the 100 Days Project in 2012 after being invited by a friend, Laura Cibilich. Laura was at the time conducting a similar exercise where she used various media and materials in creating the day’s date every day for a whole year! Check out her awesome project at www.mydailydesign.com

After joining and beginning my first 100 Days project of creating a tiling pattern inspired by everyday objects or items around me, I realised that perhaps I had been a little over-ambitious with the scope of my project and had underestimated the time it would take to create each pattern from concepting stage through to producing a vectorised tiling pattern square. Unfortunately I ended up bowing out of the 2012 exercise at around Day 14 with my pride a little bruised but having learned some important lessons.

The following year I came back with renewed vigour and determination to complete a new project in the 2013 iteration of the 100 Days Project. Initially my goals was to get back in touch with my long lost drawing skills by completing one doodle a day for the next 100 days. After a few days I realised that I spent too long trying to decide what to draw and so I ended up refining my goal to give it more limitation and focus and to save myself hours of indecision. My updated project goal became; to sketch one of the 100 most influential people of last century each day. This will give me an opportunity to learn more about these individuals and what they were known for. The 100 individuals are taken from the collection by TIME Magazine and information taken from Wikipedia.

Having these added limitations freed me from over-thinking the project and gave me a pre-populated list of individuals to draw. I proudly completed every day of this project and I am currently posting up some highlights of the 2013 100 Days project here on my blog.

If you would like to view the whole project you can see it here – 100 Days Project 2013

100 Days Project 2014 – Changing Faces

My goal for this years iteration of the project is to literally change the face of social media and rid our visual, social landscape of tacky and unflattering profile photos, one person at a time.
I will do this by composing, shooting and editing a head shot portrait of one lucky individual each day for 100 days. At the same time I am hoping to further develop my composition and photography skills in capturing an accurate representation of what embodies the individual.

The 2014 project will begin on July 11, 2014. You can stay updated with my project here on the 100 Days Project site and as there are still a few days left you can still register. Join me!



Day 2 of 100 – Māori Warrior

Day 2 of 100 – Māori Warrior

A #sketch of a #warrior of the #Māori people of #Aotearoa (New Zealand) the #culture with which I identify. Found at the southwestern point of the #Polynesian triangle, the cultural history of Māori people is tied into a larger Polynesian phenomenon and share similar cultural traditions such as religion, social organisation, myths, and material culture.

Polynesian #seafarers were ocean #navigators and #astronomers. Polynesians were capable of travelling long distances by sea. The strong female presence among early settlers in New Zealand suggests Polynesian #migration #voyages were deliberate rather than accidental. The most current reliable evidence strongly indicates that initial settlement of New Zealand occurred around 1280 CE.

A defining attribute of the Māori culture is it’s strong visual language. The face markings you can see on the sketch are known as Tā moko and can also be found on the body. Tā moko is the permanent body and face marking by Māori, the #indigenous people of New Zealand. Traditionally it is distinct from #tattoo and #tatau in that the skin was carved by uhi (chisels) rather than punctured. This left the skin with grooves, rather than a smooth surface.

Captain James Cook wrote in 1769: The marks in general are spirals drawn with great nicety and even elegance. One side corresponds with the other. The marks on the body resemble foliage in old chased ornaments, convolutions of filigree work, but in these they have such a luxury of forms that of a hundred which at first appeared exactly the same no two were formed alike on close examination.

#Drawn on #iPad in #AdobeIdeas using the #Wacom #Bamboostylus. #AdobeDrawing

#Maori #Toa #NewZealand #Polynesia #Pacific #Waka #Tamoko #Moko #Whakairo #Kowhaiwhai

Day 7 of 100 – Audrey Hepburn

Day 7 of 100 – Audrey Hepburn


#Beauty and #Class. A quick #sketch of one of my wife’s greatest #idols, Audrey Hepburn – so this one is for her. I like the effect of drawing in white on a black background in the hair. I might have to try that more often.
I think I will give this one another go in the future once I have a better handle on this stylus and iPad.
#Drawn in #AdobeIdeas, #AdobeDrawing using #Wacom #BambooStylus for the #100days project

Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood’s Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema and has been placed in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. She is also regarded by some to be the most naturally beautiful woman of all time.

Born in Ixelles, a district of Brussels, Hepburn spent her childhood between Belgium, England and the Netherlands, including German-occupied Arnhem during the Second World War. In Amsterdam, she studied ballet withSonia Gaskell before moving to London in 1948 to continue her ballet training with Marie Rambert and perform as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions. She spoke several languages including English,French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, and German.

After appearing in several British films and starring in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi, Hepburn played the lead role in Roman Holiday (1953), for which she was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for a single performance. The same year, she won a Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for Ondine. She went on to star in a number of successful films, such as Sabrina (1954), The Nun’s Story(1959), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967), for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. Hepburn remains one of few people who have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards. She won a record three BAFTA Awards for Best British Actress in a Leading Role.

#Audreyhepburn #Hepburn #Actress #Hollywood #Goldenage #Broadway #Oscars #BAFTA #Tonys #Movies #BreakfastAtTiffanys


Copyright & Protecting Your Work

Copyright & Protecting Your Work

I read a great article today from an awesome designers resource – Creativebloq.com
The article addresses the issue of designer’s and illustrator’s work being stolen and claimed by another or slightly altered and then reproduced for personal gain.

Check it out here:


I was also able to find another great article by blogger and Art Consultant, Laura C George,  that offers some ideas for how you might avoid or prevent having your work stolen.
Definitely a great page to bookmark for referring back to when you need it.

Check it out here: