On Friday, May 24th, I began my #30daychallenge. 30 days. 30 days of original illustrations. 30 days of eggs.
I decided to partake on this challenge because I was inspired by other designers and creatives as well as starting my own journey of venturing on into creating my own personal projects. During this creative and strenuous, but rewarding, marathon, I gained a full sense of accomplishment and was able to nurture and expand my creative mind through daily illustrations.
Hope you enjoy reading and viewing my process and reflection of this experimental journey.
Creating an illustration every day is time-consuming and stressful. I followed a routine to help me organize my time effectively while creating innovative illustrations, without the heavy cloud of art burnout or being in a creative rut take over me.
Step 1: Creating a mood board, list out ideas, look for inspiration
I mainly collect design / illustration inspiration from daily life and Pinterest. As I began to start this challenge, I created a private board on Pinterest that would continually grow as I continued this project. I also continually added onto my digital list whenever an idea happened to pop up.
Step 2: Sketch
Once I had an idea in mind, I would dabble more into it by producing quick sketches using my Apple Pencil and my iPad Pro.
Step 3: Creating the illustration
Finalizing my sketch, I would import it into my Mac and begin developing the illustration on Adobe Illustrator.
Step 4: The post
After finalizing the illustration, I would post the original illustration in png form with a close-up of the work, along with the initial idea I sketched up. My initial sketch was not always synced with the final result, but in a way, it brought a new flow of ideas to form while in the process of illustrating.
On Sunday, June 23rd, I completed the marathon.
Jumping into the #30daysofillustration, I had already expected to expand my graphic design skills as well as adding on an additional project into my portfolio. Of course; I also expected that I would be mentally and creatively challenge - expanding my skills beyond the boundaries of comfort. Looking back, having gone through the phases of burnout, stress, artistic creativity, exhilaration, etc., I have inherently gained a sense of true accomplishment. Over the 30 days, I learned a lot on how I process and structure my mind when working, how I mentally got through the burnouts and stress, and more so about how I refined my skills and efficiency.
So, here are the 30 illustrations. Click on the images to see an up close and bigger version.
Thank you to the people in my life who persistently encouraged me to create daily illustrations. Thank you to the people who post tutorials, giving those a creative outlet and learning platform. I am deeply motivated by all the creatives out there, in all mediums, who are consistently and persistently making things in volume.