Getting Ready for the Game

Starting next Monday I’m going to be playing Bill Counts’s October Game. One piece of finished artwork a day for thirty-one days. Simple, right?

Chalk in Terra Cotta, Oil Paint 2011

This week I’m in prep mode. Here’s what I’m doing to get ready:

1. Declutter everything. I like to simplify everything I can before starting a big project, so I’m not distracted by piles of stuff. It is also nice to have lots of clean surfaces accessible in case I decide to pull out the oil paints. I’m not saying this will last much past the first week of October, but it is psychologically helpful to at least BEGIN the month this way.

2. Create an idea list. I’ve got a list of 25 ideas so far. I’m still going to work on whatever I happen to be inspired by in the moment (much like i do with the comic), but listing out ideas helps reserve a corner of my subconsciousness to be working through these ideas as I go about the rest of my life.

3. Organize supplies. I plan to be doing mostly sketching/photoshopping for my work this year, but I would still like to do some finished pieces with either oil paint or pastel, so I’m going through what I have and organizing and prepping paper and paints, and ordering what I need.

4. Work on my schedule. As you might have noticed, I have two preschoolers who are with me 24/7. Last year it was tough enough, but I still managed to get it done with a one-year-old and a three-year-old, so I’m not too worried. I do have to make sure our days are going smoothly, however, and keep the little monsters darlings well occupied to give me space to create.

Have you tried a challenge like this? What sort of things do you do to get ready?

What do you think?