By the numbersPosted: October 10, 2012
One year, 366 sketches (it was a leap year), 182 views so far today, 96,960 views all-time, 1,747 views on my busiest day, 291 followers, 9 big Moleskines, 2 small Moleskines, many sheets of watercolour paper, lots of paint, several pencils and countless Micron pens.
But this year is not really about the numbers. It is about the people I have met, the places I have travelled to, the good things that have happened because of this blog.
One year ago today I posted my first drawing of a chair. My drawing skills were so rusty that I was embarrassed to post the thing but the idea was to make the commitment to the daily exercise. So for the past year I have posted something every day, no matter how bad the day was or how bad the drawing was. Successes were posted as well as failures and struggles. And there are plenty that I didn’t post, too.
It is a given that with daily practice, anyone’s drawings will improve. But what I didn’t expect out of this process — what came as a complete shock — was how many people I would meet. Some around the corner but many in other parts of the world — including countless more through Urban Sketchers. People who I can say have now become friends because we share a passion — a love of drawing and painting, of seeing the world and of sharing our work.
As I probably said when I completed 200 sketches, I am not sure where this is taking me but I will keep on going because the ride is so much fun.