How to Fail a Challenge

I started a 30 day drawing challenge on April 22, 2016 (drawing). I ended the challenge on May 25, 2016 (drawing)  after only 18 drawings.

As you can see, I failed.

But let’s take a look at what I learned:

  1. I got more than half way thru my challenge.
    • I’m more of the glass half full kinda guy. So to me this was actually a success. I remember being super happy when I would get home from work because I would get a chance to make a new drawing. Some drawings came together pretty quickly, others I had to start over on multiple times, and still others I had to scrap all together.
  2. People really like movies
    • The most liked post from the series where 2 movies that I hadn’t considered would be super popular on Instagram. The first was my drawing for the 1980’s classic movie Rocky IV, the topic was fight scene (drawing). That post received 77 likes (for comparison: my most liked post ever has 121 likes). My other top post from the series, with 70 likes, was my drawing for the 1990’s classic movie Pulp Fiction, the topic was cats – I cheated (drawing). Those two posts also had the most moments.
  3. I really love movies
    • There were so many movies I wanted to make drawings for. This challenge really helped me think about all the movies I’ve watched and how much I’ve enjoyed them. I think of movies as a modern day version of a clan of people gathering around a fire after the daily hunt. Then the master story teller gets up in front and starts to tell a most wonderful story. I think our modern storytellers are those movie makers that create this visual story full of images and sound for us to play back whenever we are in the mood for it. It’s just wonderful.

So why did I stop you may wonder. Well, it was just taking too long to finish the pieces. I didn’t sleep more than 3 hours some days, it was fun and exciting to see the finished drawing, but it was taking too much out of me. As you can see with the last post I made, I tried to do something else instead of working in Vector to try and speed up my process.

I didn’t like the end result and I felt it was going in a different direction than the first 17 posts so I just made a decision to end it right then and there. I still want to make the finished Vector version of that 18th post, but that will have to wait for the moment.

Well, thank you for reading. If you have any questions regarding my process, what projects I’m working on, or if you just want to say hello, please email me:

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