So everyone's heard of the "100 theme challenge" before, right? Of course they have. I've always wanted to do it, but kinda was like "oh I'll get to it some time or other" because I constantly have other/more important things going on.
Well, two days ago I was dragged into a personal project that some friends are doing while visiting ~Osha-Briefs
apparently they were "disgusted with their lack of art-making" (thanks to being college students) and created a "self-imposed a mandatory Art Boot Camp". At first I fought a little and didn't really want to do it, but after some careful consideration I realized that this is really probably exactly what I'm looking for; I feel VERY frustrated with my lack of ability to finish anything I start, much less within a reasonable time frame. Perhaps a daily quota will give me the good kick in the pants that I need.
The over-all goals of this project is to reinforce the importance and priority of art in our lives; being college students, they seemed to have been loosing track of what was important to them, and the whole reason we're here in college. For me, I've been so endlessly afloat without a job nor school to attend that I've become a rather idle mind who can't seem to finish anything she starts.
We all want to make art, learn of art, and become better at producing art. Through repetition and the system of reward and punishment, we hope to get ourselves back into the habit of creating art on a daily basis.
If you would like to join us in our quest, send us a note and and we'll add you to the list of participants here. We recommend posting the rules to your wall as a constant visual reminder. After posting the rules, pick out a 100 themes challenge list for yourself and BEGIN!
The following is a link to 11 lists of 100 themes that =Nytrinhia
found. We did not write them, but she can't find the owners. If you created one of the lists, or would like to contribute a list, let us know and appropriate action will be taken: [link]
Further explanation of the rules:01. One per day, pretty self explanatory. This also means you can't do five in one day and consider yourself "covered" for the next few days.
02. We started on Sunday for ease of keeping track of the days. You can start whenever, but we recommend starting Sunday or Monday so that at the end of the week (Saturday or Sunday) you're free to take stock of the past week and see how you did.
03. Finished sketches count, but they must again, be quality.
04. We demand you hang it somewhere you can see. The reasoning behind this is that since you will be looking at it for at least the next 100 days, you will put forth the effort to produce quality work. At the end of the 100 days a picture must be taken of the work hung up in order to graduate from this Boot Camp. Seeing all your work together is good and will give you a sense of accomplishment.
05. We don't know how you will reward yourselves, but I plan on putting the ten cents that would otherwise go in the JAR OF SHAME (per day) towards buying myself a copy of Darkside Chronicles or The Sims 3. You may otherwise allow yourself to put money forth to doing something that you really want to do or emptying the JAR of SHAME, it's up to you.
06. Get a JAR of SHAME. It is a requirement. How much you put in is up to you. We decided on 10 cents because we're poor (college students or no) and even 10 cents is a lot of money.
07. Enough said.
08. Even though this was created to help school ourselves to be better creators, it was NOT made to help you to take the easy road with your own assignments. Of course, there is nothing stopping you. We will just have to trust in your honesty and honor to follow the rules.
09. This is about improving our art, which is personal. Of course personal projects (such as a chapter cover for your webcomic or other endeavors) are allowed as long as you adhere to the first rule. One per day. It cannot be a piece you had sitting in your drawer. You can pull a "Kick my own ass" and redo an old piece of art, but a new one must be made every day.
10. Watercolor, guache, acrylic, oil, ink, pencil, tablet, whatever- it's all fair game. But as they must be hung/displayed in one room together, make sure to print digital copies.
11. This rule I changed slightly from the one that =Nytrinhia & ~Osha-Briefs came up with; they just didn't want you to draw thumbnails or something small and effortless, but from personal experience I know that tiny things can also take a lot of time and effort; just put your best into it is all that I ask. SIZE DOESN'T MATTER!
12. If you get the word "dog" and you take this opportunity to learn how to draw dogs, it counts. But it needs to be QUALITY work. Composition and movement in the piece is preferred, but not a requirement. Remember, the whole point is to improve yourself. DON'T COP OUT!
After further discussion it's come to our attention that for those of us who are more inclined to the verbal and written language or art, it may seem like it isn't very conducive for a writer to participate in this boot camp when many writers spend years working on the same book chapters. And while they can do free-writing, some free-writing snippets become a part of their larger work which becomes an assignment, because if they're going to turn in an assignment and get feedback, they want the feedback on their current work.
Unlike visual art, written art is inevitably (usually) linked to school work when it comes to creative writing. We have this to say to writers looking for a way to improve themselves:
IT'S ABOUT THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW, NOT THE LETTER. The point of not turning in a picture you did for boot camp as an illustration assignment (or in my case, as work that I NEED
to get done) is to make sure you are taking every opportunity to improve yourself. Turning in one for the other is being lazy, and boot camp is NOT about getting by with the least amount of effort. It is about putting forth the utmost, down to the last 0.001% of your effort into improving yourself. Written work is revisited numerous times, rewritten, scratched, scrapped, attacked, pieced together and refined. It's a long term project.
We do not ask that you write a novel every day for the next 100 days. What we are asking that you put forth daily effort to improve yourself. Take a six-sided die, roll, and take the resulting number and multiply by 100. 100-600 word limits. Do a simple piece of free writing every day. If it eventually becomes a larger project or a part of a larger project, then good! All the more power to you. Personal projects do cross paths with assignments occasionally.
Whether you turn it in for credit or take the time out of your school schedule to do more writing is up to you. Again, there's no 100 Themes Boot Camp sergeants touring the world looking for people that break the rules. No, as cool as that would be we can only depend on your honesty to yourself. What do you achieve? What do you lose? It's your decision, but once you make up your mind, don't change it.
As you guys can probably guess, I'm going to try to do something Resident Evil related for all (if not most) of my 100 themes. It'll be extra challenging, and fun, and hopefully get me prompted to work on things for Parasol Cafe.
I am going to be starting with number 100 and do a count down to number 1, I've already got 100, 99, and 98 in the works/done, and will be submitting each of my daily pictures at the end of the week. This means that for the next 14 weeks you can (hopefully) expect 7 pictures every Saturday night.
ROOT FOR ME!!!♥100 Themes Boot Camp idea © =Nytrinhia & ~Osha-Briefs (original "100 Themes Boot Camp" Deviation can be found here: [link])
People allowed to re-post this Deviation -> ~Osha-Briefs & *haphazard-witch & anyone else who so wishes. If you would like to post this deviation to spread the word, feel free! If you would like to re-post =Nytrinhia's version, she asks that you please contact her so that you can talk.