Well, there it is. One a day for one year’s worth of sketchplanations.
A couple of thoughts follows, but mostly I’d just like to say thank you so much for following along. It’s been remarkable to have so many people actually read what I wrote/drew, every day. I know you have a lot of ways to spend your time, so thanks.
Second, I do intend to continue. Though I don’t think you’ll begrudge if I step it down from one a day. I’m looking at 3 a week. I think your inboxes will probably prefer that too.
Fourth, lots of people have asked about producing a collection as a book. If you know of how that may be possible at a reasonable price, please get in touch.
Now, in no particular order, here are some of the things I’ve learned along the way.
It’s kind of remarkable to compare the quality of the more recent ones, say, sneaky casinos, with those at the start, say, cooking is bucket science. And it’s interesting to see a style develop from what works. Hopefully for the better.
I think this comes from several places. Practice, sure. And trying harder. But mostly I think it stems from what happens when you put your work out in a public place. There’s an incredible power in sharing publicly to improve quality.
I’m also reminded of how enough molehills make a mountain. There’s really something to that. Maybe, instead of aiming at your mountain, you could just start with a molehill.
There’s real power in undirected sharing. Rather than me trying to figure out who will like what, if you put work out there, others can decide what’s valuable to them. It’s been amazing to receive stories from people who’ve picked up sketching again, who’ve used them in classes, who’ve put them in books, who’ve used them in articles, who’ve been doing their own. I didn’t possibly imagine any of that when I started on day one.