Hey, would anyone currently doing the #sketchbet that ends in mid-October - or anyone in general who is interested - want to do a new thing afterward and call it Projectbet?
It would be like Sketchbet in that it has a minimum daily requirement of only 15 minutes effort per day (though I would suspect that, also like Sketchbet, folks would more likely do 30 minutes to a couple hours range on a lot of days) but rather than the daily result being 3x weekly challenges and 4x draw whatever, every single day would be work toward the same project, selected for themselves by each participant at the beginning of the Projectbet. The project could be literally any creative pursuit - building a costume, a concentration of paintings, writing/drawing a comic, focused study in improving anatomy, writing a novel, an animation - whatever big thing YOU really, really want to accomplish but find yourself having a difficult time setting aside time for. I’m also thinking that unlike Sketchbet, you can miss one day per week. Life gets crazy and I don’t want people feeling discouraged or dropping out because they are too sick/tired/busy now and then. So rather than 7 days per week, it would be 6 or 7 days per week.
Organizationally, I am up for suggestions. Due to the nature of big projects, I figure a lot of the participants wouldn’t want their submissions each day to be broadcast publicly. Perhaps we could share a password-protected blog? Put together a mailing list? If you are interested let me know what you think!
The daily submissions can be anything, so long as they indicate a little work toward the big project. If it were a costume, perhaps a day could be tracking down the necessary fabrics, or making parts of a pattern, a bit of sewing, a bit of resin casting, a bit of foam carving, some doodled brainstorming, whatever. If it were a comic, it would be anything from a bit of panel thumbnailing, to writing dialogue, to designing characters, to doodled or drabbled brainstorming. If it were an animation, bits of storyboards, character design, individual frames drawn, backgrounds drawn, sound effects recorded, etc. Any format of creative effort goes! The idea here is just to set aside at least a tiny bit of time every day to chip away at what seems like a big, daunting production - and also to provide a motivating environment of fellow creators who can encourage each other and critique each other’s work.
When Sketchbet ends, this is what I want to personally do with my comic but… I find doing something communally helps retain motivation and pace, so I wondered if anyone else had big projects they wanted to tackle and wanted in. In a way, it’s kind of the opposite of Sketchbet since I am aware that Sketchbet’s history is rooted in webcomic artists wanting to take a break from their projects to draw other things - but as a fulltime freelance artist I want to take a break from my commissions here and there to work toward a big thing, not just to doodle random little things (though that was fun!) and I figured perhaps others had the same wish.