Deadline extreme! 42 pages in one hour , the last hour of 2020. Give ourselves gifts in 2021.
The 1-Hour Coloring Book
Like all of us, I need to get through the resistance some times. I over-think everything. I don't know my own voice. I'm adhering to someone else's standards. And I'm afraid of what everyone will think if I fail, and I know I will fail.
One way out of this is to produce work, lots of work, and to damn the torpedoes as far as the critical voice goes. (We can use our critical voice later, when we need a dialogue about who we are, what our style is, what we want to say...)
How to do this?
One way is deadlines. Work fast. One way is to work extremely fast.
Also, we have to remove the worry that what we do matters. Can we work with effort, and be care free and confident? I think so.
One game I create as an exercise, was to color a whole coloring book in 1 hour. Coloring books don't matter! You can't fail at coloring! (I know, you're all saying "I can!" but really, just roll with this one, ok?)
So, I did this exercise on New Years Eve, the last hour of 2020 (good riddance!)
1 hour in 28 seconds.
That damned critical mind.
Give the critical mind something to chew on. Give it a fucking PROJECT! Give it 42 pages of art to look at, and to try to piece some patterns out of.
Part of the exercise was to reflect LATER, on what it was I did.
Try to figure out what is going on. True, the critical mind will hate some of it, fine. You don't have to go along with it, or you can, but let's be a little more objective and see what was going on. What did YOU do? What did you feel? What did you RESORT to? What came out? How can you refine it?
Another part of the exercise was to TRY. Try to make something nice. Be fast, but don't settle. There were times I took an extra few seconds to add sparkles or one last color, stuff like that.
Here's my 42 pages of coloring, and what I remember, what I felt, what I was going for, and what I wanted to do, had to do, or did!
I started at about 11:01 or 11:02 pm. My goal was to finish exactly at midnight (and I did!)
- What did we do?
- What could we have done more of? (And what should we do next time?)
- What ones worked?
- What ones would be good candidates for revision?
- What else?
- I should give myself the deadline of making 10-20 4-panel comics in an hour.
- Reflect in this same way.
- Choose 2-4 to refine. Give myself 2 days to complete them.
- Change system when needed, probably soon.