An art experiment…

by ncwinters on February 9, 2011

…for one night only.

So I had an idea the other night. I needed to buckle down and get my 100 Drawings going back on track. I’ve been sick, under deadline, and in general, slacking on getting some art made. I wanted to see what I could get done in one sitting, in one night. The goal was for these drawings to be done relatively quick, as an exercise in keeping my drawing and painting muscles fresh and limber.

So I had an idea.

Last night I started a single drawing at 8:34PM PST and ended at 12:51AM later that night (early the next day?). I chronicled the entire process on Twitter, tagging each post with the hashtag #onenightonedrawing. I tried to constantly update my process with quick shots from my iPhone, which for the most part, were crappy photos. Near the end of the process I started changing up the light source for the photos in an attempt to give a better approximation of how the painting was progressing and at the very end I simply opted for the digital camera. A little more involved, as my goal was to just keep painting away, as quickly and efficiently as possible. I didn’t want to get hung up with distractions.

All in all I’m pleased with the result, though I wish I had done a little more. I could have tweaked the painting more today, but my goal was to start and finish in one evening, and that’s what I did. I had a lot of fun with the process, and got some great support from my fellow tweeps. I’ll definitely be doing this again, and will once again use the same hashtag: #onenightonedrawing. Hopefully others may jump on the train and do their own live casting of drawing and painting, but for now, I’m pleased to be able to use it as a tool to keep me focused on a single task at hand. Enjoy!

(Start- 8:34 PM)

(8:43 PM)

(8:55 PM, painting begins)

(9:12 PM)

(9:33 PM, more progress)

(9:52 PM)

(10:13 PM after getting frustrated with the lighting, I changed the location of where I was taking the photo)

(10:37 PM I start adding in the sapphires. The new light source isn’t helping)

(11:12 PM)

(11:55 PM I get fed up with crappy iPhone photos and break out the digital camera)

(12:51 AM the final photo, painting finished)

Sapphire Tears
Acrylic on paper. 6″ x 9″ (2011)
Number 12 of 100 Drawings.



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Nicholas February 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Fantastic illustration and a great concept. I like the one night, one drawing idea and now plan to adopt it myself to light a fire underneath my creativity. Thanks and keep them coming!!

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