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!
Richard Pettitt, cartoonist.