Back to the Drawing Board

Sketch of the Day is mak­ing a come­back in Jan­u­ary of 2011! This post includes a lit­tle reflec­tion, a lit­tle expla­na­tion of the new “rules” of Sketch of the Day 2011, and a mas­sive gallery of pre­vi­ous sketch­es. If you’d like to fol­low my sketch­es dai­ly, you can always come to hen​ry​nahurs​ki​.com and sub­scribe, join my Face­book group, or fol­low me on twit­ter.

A Brief History

To help explain where I want to take “Sketch of the Day” in the future, I feel it’s nec­es­sary to explain a lit­tle bit of its past.

Halfway through July of 2010, I decid­ed that in addi­tion to a new web­site, that I want­ed to start a dai­ly sketch blog, not only because it would be good prac­tice and let me exper­i­ment with dif­fer­ent tech­niques, but as a means of mar­ket­ing myself and bring­ing atten­tion to my work

Well, for those first few months it was a great suc­cess, I learned a lot (you can even see improve­ments in the work in the mas­sive gallery below). I also saw a night and day dif­fer­ence as I shared these sketch­es on social media such as Face­book and Twit­ter, and the kind of traf­fic it pro­duced.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, just as the project was real­ly start­ing to take flight, the secu­ri­ty of my web­site was com­pro­mised in the mid­dle of Octo­ber. I had to shut it down and start all over. This is where Sketch of the Day end­ed as well.

Back to the Drawing Board

So with every­thing I’ve learned from from this ‘test run’, it is time to go “Back to the Draw­ing Board”. I’ll be cre­at­ing a sketch dai­ly from Jan 01, 2011 to Dec 31st, 2011. That is 1 draw­ing a day, 7 a week, and 365 in one year! I’ve always been inspired by this process of pure cre­ation, and with the kind of progress that I made in just about 3 months this year, I can’t imag­ine what I’ll achieve in 12, and I can’t wait to get start­ed!

The Rules

These are my new rules for Sketch of the Day to facil­i­tate a bet­ter struc­ture and a more cohe­sive col­lec­tion. (Feel free to call me out if I break any one of these!)

  1. A ‘Sketch’ is not nec­es­sar­i­ly defined as ‘draw­ing’, but rather a scrap or idea, so a vari­ety of media is encour­aged, includ­ing: draw­ing, paint­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, col­lage, etc.
  2. The Sketch has to be start­ed and com­plet­ed with­in one day and may not be con­tin­ued over mul­ti­ple days, hence: ‘-of the Day’
  3. It has to be post­ed on the day it is com­plet­ed before mid­night - 11:59 P.M. CST
  4. It has to be in a 16:9 for­mat, but may be cropped or framed with­in that space
  5. Orig­i­nal file size must be 16x9 in. at 300 DPI (hint-hint), while the post­ed size is 960x530 px at 72 DPI
  6. From the two pre­vi­ous for­mats of Sketch of the Day, I’ve learned that: A) Forced board­ers are not a good thing. B) The big and cen­tered logo was in the way and dis­tract­ing. For the new for­mat, the “Hen­ry Nahurs­ki” word­mark will be small and dis­creet­ly placed in the bot­tom left-hand cor­ner of the image.

The Gallery

As men­tioned above, below is a mas­sive gallery of all the sketch­es I’ve done pre­vi­ous­ly, check them out! The major­i­ty of them are dig­i­tal paint­ing in Pho­to­shop, which I plan to do more of, in addi­tion to more typog­ra­phy and pen­cil sketch­es.