I love a challenge. Give me a deadline and dare me to do something by that date, and there's a good chance I'll have a crack at it.
As if doing The Artist's Way isn't enough to get on with, I have decided to take part in The 100 Day Project. It's organised by artist Elle Luna and it's mostly happening on Instagram using the hashtag #THE100DAYPROJECT. It starts on 19th April and finishes on 27th July.
My 100 day project is 100 cartoons to cheer up the news. It's ambitious. I like ambitious. Not knowing whether I can succeed is part of the thrill. My aim is to draw a cartoon inspired by a news story every day for the next 100 days.
Some of my cartoons will look polished. Some won't. Currently it takes me the best part of a morning to choose a news story, draw some ideas in pencil, draw the actual cartoon in pencil, draw over it with a Sharpie pen, and then shade and/or colour it using Promarkers. It takes the best part of an afternoon to scan it, crop it, colour-adjust it, save it, write about it, and share it.
So I've either got to be a cartoon-drawing machine for the next 100 days or I've got to learn to create very quick and simple cartoons; loose drawings that look a bit rough around the edges but succeed in getting the joke across. Cartoons that make my inner perfectionist squirm.
It's going to be fun!
Cartoonist and comics creator at Richard Pettitt Art. Studio in Uckfield, East Sussex, England.