Even though I'm already in the midst of another daily project, I thought I would do a little wrap-up post about my March project, Draw A Lady Daily. The concept was very simple - I planned to draw a lady every day during the month of March as a way to celebrate women's history month and to practice drawing people - something that I tend to shy away from a little bit.
I didn't actually end up drawing a lady every single day in March - I missed quite a few. But I did draw a large number of ladies, came up with some new ideas, and had a lot of fun, so I consider it a smashing success. As I mentioned in my 100 day project post, I don't feel like I need to prove anything or develop a habit regarding making art every day, so I didn't beat myself up about it too much when I missed a day here or there.
When I was traveling during part of the month, I brought a pack of Posca paint markers with me and did some quick - single color drawings of different ladies from history. I tried to include some women that might be new to some people (and were new to me) across a wide variety of fields and disciplines. And when they ended up forming a rainbow I wasn't mad about it.
In March I also learned to make gifs, for an unrelated project, so when I laid some photos of my abstract paintings over my lady drawings and couldn't decide which version to use, I knew what to do.
I applied the same overlay technique to some lady drawings using flower photos. California is experiencing a superbloom and I had plenty of photos to choose from, both new and old. Quite a few people liked these drawings, so I listed an option for a custom floral drawing in my Etsy shop.
One of the best parts of this challenge was that other people participated! Brandi Kincaid, my wonderful friend, who is also a spectacular artist, joined in and a few other people played along as well. It was so fun to work on this challenge with others, and I'd love to do it again with a group like this. To see all of our ladies from throughout the month, check out the #drawaladydaily hashtag on Instagram.
I had a wonderful time drawing ladies in March, and I hope that other people had fun following along. I'm hoping to make a zine featuring some of my lady drawings from March and some new ones sometime in the nearish future. Adding it to my ever-growing list of projects that I'll get to eventually. Onto the next one!