Starting #100DaysofGesture


Around this time last year, I read the excellent book The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna. Along with the release of her book, she launched the #100DayProject with The Great Discontent. I launched my own project focused on #100HoursOfPainting, but quickly realized the challenges of making a commitment based on time versus producing a tangible thing (you don’t do it!).

Attempting to paint for one hour a day seemed like an easy feat, especially on days when I would be able to put in 3 – 5 hours and get ahead of the daily schedule. It was great while I was doing grand jury duty and could paint between 5 – 8 am every morning, but then I started a new job and trying to fit in an hour within an already overly packed schedule was too much.

I also realized that the point of the project is not just to commit to sitting down every day to work on a project, but to produce a completed piece and feel a sense of accomplishment.

This year my project is #100DaysofGesture, focusing on a loose style of sketching usually used for warming up before figure drawing. I always liked the unfinished feeling of drawings done in gesture sketching style and how it has a dreamlike quality. It’s likely that most of the drawings will be portraits of people, whether from real life or photographs.

Throughout college and the past few years, I always liked going to drink-n-draws and figure drawing sessions, drawing from family photographs, and experimenting with capturing a person’s mood or expression in the sketch. I remember the summer I was interning in Chicago (and was incredibly broke) when I would spend my time riding the train and sketching strangers on the subway.  It was fantastic practice in being able to capture how someone looked as quickly (and conspicuously) as possible.

I also have done a series of paintings based on photos of myself and one of my sisters from childhood. The focus hasn’t always been to make sure the paintings “look just like us”, but more so to capture the childlike quality of our expressions in those photos. Recently I was visiting my parents and discovered a large box of photographs from my childhood, so I’ll have ample inspiration for this project.  I’ve also been wanting to focus on sketching and possibly caricature for an upcoming project I’m working on.

The challenge of this project for me is to share work right away, and only having one day at the most to tweak and perfect it. Having to post it on Instagram publicly will leave my project open to criticism, but it’s better than never showing anything at all.

You can follow my project on Instagram through #100DaysofGesture.

Creator, Maker, Doer – Which Are You?

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Check out my Instagram account @mynameisreb and hashtag #mynameisreb for more photos

Today marks the beginning of Northside Innovation, a conference that’s part of Northside Festival, a celebration of art, music, entrepreneurship, design, and tech based in North Brooklyn. This will be my fourth year attending (at least, I think that’s right) and it had me thinking about terms that are tossed around a lot within the creative, tech, advertising, and entrepreneurship worlds: “creators”, “makers”, “creatives”, and “producers”. Some are actual roles required on projects and some are self descriptive terms that somewhat self-obsessed people may use to describe themselves.  Continue reading “Creator, Maker, Doer – Which Are You?”

Kicking Off #100HoursofPainting

crossroads of should and most, find and follow your passion
crossroads of should and most, find and follow your passion
Check out my Instagram account @mynameisreb for more photos

It all started because my friend Jess became single again last fall.

I found out she broke up with her boyfriend while I was on a business trip to London, so within a few days of coming home, she and I planned on having dinner and talking about what happened. Instead, we found ourselves talking over our wine about what she was going to do moving forward. Since then, she’s been embarking on a journey of trying new things, taking classes, reading books, running, and embarking on a quest to discover her true passion in life. This coming from my most “professional” friend, who networks harder than anyone I know, is a member of multiple advertising clubs, and before finding her current job as a digital marketing manager had the most intense job seeking plan I’ve ever experienced, it wasn’t something I was used to. Continue reading “Kicking Off #100HoursofPainting”