last january i joined the #365patterns challenge put forth by alma and melanie at caravan shoppe. i started after they did, so i have 10 more days to go to get my 365. here's what i learned from this challenge:
- posting every day is hard. creating the pattern was the easiest part of the challenge. i ended up not posting mine after a couple months because it was just too much work.
- to post or not to post. speaking of posting, i had a debate with myself about whether to show my work or to hoard it . i waffled on this a few times. i'm still not settled on an answer, but i think i'll lean towards sharing it.
- i've gotten really good at making repeat patterns. and really fast. this will come in handy when a client calls and asks for a quick coordinating pattern.
- ruts in the road are inevitable. i got into a rut. i'll be really happy when 10 days pass and i'll complete my year of patterns. i'm ready to be done. there were some days when i was actually a little angry that i had to do a pattern, but i fought my resistance every time and i'm so happy i did.
- i now have a library of over 400 patterns to use. (there were many days where i got on a roll and did several patterns). especially at the beginning.
- it's okay to have some super ugly patterns. part of the reason for doing the challenge was to create without fear and without judgment. i was more willing to take risks knowing that the only requirement was that i had to create a pattern.
- even the ugly patterns are useful. maybe i'll use the color palette from those. or maybe a shape or motif. maybe i can change the scale and add elements to make it usable. maybe i can use them for clothing in some of my characters, or backgrounds in my illustrations. i can use them for texture.
- i should have set up a naming system and a better filing system. right now i have a "pattern-a-day", a "patternaday", and a "pattern a day" folder. some patterns are on dropbox, some on my laptop's hard drive, some on my mac's hard drive, some on my external hard drive, some on a flash drive... have i scared you yet? i have a ridiculous amount of patterns with the word "confetti" or "parade" in the file name. if you attempt a #365 challenge, make sure you have a filing system set up.
- i wish i had challenged myself a little more. i would have liked to have done more half-drop repeats and i would have liked to have used photoshop to create my repeats. (still need to learn how to do that)
come back on monday to see what my new #365 project is for 2014. it's a good one and i'm super excited about it.
have you ever completed a #365 project? how did it go? have one you would like to start?