Art Project Pt1

Art Project Pt1

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Artisan 2016

When picking the challenges for 2016, @MaguirePete mentioned that when he was in sixth form he always liked the long art projects, where as you passed the Art block you would see the work slowly take form over time. And so we decided to be artistic in 2016 and do some form or Art project that would slowly take the year to do. This seems like a good idea, so I will be working on a piece of art over the year and posting updates as it goes along.

How hard can it be?


Since the idea of this Project it to slowly work on it over the whole year, and it is supposed to be a challenge, I wanted something that would be complicated, that could be done in small bits then placed together into one final finished item.

I have always liked the old alchemical images you see in old books, and thought what a great idea that would be for a year long art project idea.

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I also thought this would mean I could post update pictures of the work in progress, but no one would know what the overall image would be until I had finished and merged all the bits.

So Surprise Art!

I must admit, I did toy with the idea of not telling myself what the finished image would look like, and to just work individually on small bits, then see what I got at the end when I put them all together. Realistically that could lead to a right mess, So instead I worked out a rough sketch idea of what I hoped to come up with.

Because I really liked the idea of not knowing what I was doing until the end, and since I am the type of person who does jigsaws without looking at the picture I came up with a compromise with myself.

I have a rough sketch of what I want to create. I have taken that sketch and folded it up and sealed it inside an envelope. Which I will not open until the project is over.

It should be interesting to see how well I remember my original design, and whether or not my finished piece even resembles my goal.

This should be Interesting!

2016 Challenge

2016 Challenge

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Artisan 2016

Artisan Challenge 2016

Artisan2016The last time I actually made some New Years Resolutions was way back in 2006, which in January when tradition says I should pick some  resolutions for 2016, it will have been a decade since my last ones.

 

“forgive me father, it has been ten years since my last resolution”

The reason I stopped making the traditional New Years Resolutions was a simple one, basically I am really crap at sticking to them. It seems pointless making a bunch of resolutions you know you will never stick too. And when I tried picking one’s like :-

  • I will drink beer
  • I will play lots of Video Games

I got told that they were not acceptable choices. Gorram Resolution Nazis. So instead I have spent the last decade setting myself challenges every year, Originally alone, and the last few years along with MaguirePete. The Challenge for 2016 we are calling “Artisan 2016”

Artisan
noun: artisan; plural noun: artisans
    a worker in a skilled trade, especially one that involves making things by hand.

The reason for this name? Well because all the challenges (and there are three parts) are artistic or creative in nature.

 

Quarterly Non LOLS Papers

Last year one of the challenges was to write an Academic Paper, This simple sounding challenge soon mutated into joining in with the Quarterly LOLS paper, where we received a topic and had to write a paper on it which would then get peer reviewed. So instead of the one paper I ended up writing four. This year’s challenge again has “Write a Paper” as one of the tasks. But from the start I am aiming for four papers over the year, and since I will probably do the Quarterly LOLS papers again this year, the new challenge is for none LOLS papers of topics I pick myself. [/box]

 

Art Project

When picking the challenges for 2016 MaguirePete mentioned that when he was in sixth form he always liked the long art projects, where as you passed the Art block you would see the work slowly take form over time. And so we decided to be artistic in 2016 and do some form or Art project that would slowly take the year to do. This seems like a good idea, so I will be working on a piece of art over the year and posting updates as it goes along. How hard can it be?

 

100 Days

And once again I will be taking part in the 100 Days creative Challenge. This will be starting April 1st and can be viewed over at my 100Days Blog.

Challenge Pursuits – 2014 – Review

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Challenge Pursuits - 2014

Well the year that was 2014 is now officially over, so I guess it is time to review my years challenge. You may recall from HERE that at the start of the year we decided on :-

“This year we are doing “Challenge Purists” Which is loosely based off the Trivial Pursuits Game. We have appointed different categories to the Tradition colours, and just like in the game you have to complete some goal in that category to win the piece of pie.”

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Review Time!

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Challenge Pursuits – 2014

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Challenge Pursuits - 2014

So we have started a new year (OK, technically we started the New Year 28 days ago, but who is counting?) Now a New year traditionally means “New Years Resolutions” But since I am crap at sticking to them I try and do something different instead, some thing I am more likely to stick too.

This year are much discussion with PlanetPete, and even more working out and finalising of details. You could say 28 days worth of finalising which means I am not late posting this at all, but was FINALISING!!!!

Where was i? Oh yes thats right. This year we are doing “Challenge Purists” Which is loosely based off the Trivial Pursuits Game. We have appointed different categories to the Tradition colours, and just like in the game you have to complete some goal in that category to win the piece of pie.

Yes People, its combining New Years Resolutions with challenges & competitiveness & Gaming. How can it not work??

The 2014 Categories are :-

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The “23 in ’13” Challenge

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series 23 in 13

At the start of the year I received an email from John Anealio, with the subject of “Will You Take The “23 in ’13” Challenge?“. Now this email came at a very opportune time, since I was trying to work out what to pick for my New Years Resolutions. And since I tend to suck at keeping resolutions, but do better when doing a challenge I was planning on setting myself some challenge like last years “12 in 12” challenge.

So I quickly read the email, which I shall reprint in part here.

Will you join me for the “23 in ’13” Challenge?

Some great things happened in 2012.  I opened for Paul & Storm, Molly Lewis and The Doubleclicks.  I traveled to Salt Lake City, Dallas & Baltimore to perform at events like Nerdtacular.  By the end of the year though, I felt really unhappy.

In my ideal life, I’d compose music all day and share it with you.  While I haven’t figured out how to make a living doing that yet, I realized that I’d be a lot happier if I composed every day.  This is how I arrived at the “23 in ’13” challenge.

I’m going to release at least 23 new pieces of music in 2013.  

Much of it will be instrumental, as I’m interested in composing music for webshows, video games and independent films, but there will be vocal songs too.

I was going to announce this just to make myself accountable, then I realized…

You should do this with me.

You can create 23 short stories, songs, blog posts, podcasts or pieces of visual art.  You can submit a story to 23 different markets.  You can read 23 new books.  Adapt the challenge any way you’d like.

As the weeks go on, I’ll e-mail you about the piece that I’m working on and you can tell me about your progress.  In addition to my music, I’m going to feature other creators’ work here too.  If you’re taking on a new creative challenge this year and making cool stuff, let me know.

So, who’s with me?

Are you going to take the “23 in ’13” challenge?

Just reply to this e-mail (this is my real address and I respond to everything), or comment on the blog post.

Let’s do this,

John Anealio

After reading that there was only one thing I could do. So I hit reply and responded in words of Barney Stinson “Challenge Accepted!!”

challenge-accepted

So Dear Constant Reader, This year (2013) I will be creating 23 pieces of new creativity. So watch this space. And go check out John’s music while you sit and watch!!