I started a daily self-portrait project in 2017 ; the rules I gave myself for this project were:
- to do a self portrait once every 24 hours
- the portraits must be drawn from life: mirrors or a live image, like from a webcam
- they have to have the day's date included in the drawing
After a while, I began animating some of the daily illustrations, a particular kind of torture only animators will understand. A limited number of works from the 2017 project can be seen here. I showed roughly half of the 2017 project at a show in Charlotte at C3 Lab.
Upon completing that project on New Year's Eve of 2017, I decided to continue it for the year of 2018,
but because I was already bored with only illustrative methods, I added photographic methods to the mix, which I continued in 2019 as well. This project now consists of illustration, animation, and photo works, depending on how I feel that day and what I'm trying to make; very simple illustrations usually mean I was either very busy or very sick. Green-splattered illustrated self-portraits always mean that I was very sick that day. While I prefer to draw from a live image, as when I first established the rules for this project, sometimes I use my own photographic references for certain digital illustrations. When the entry for the day is photographic, I usually include alternate versions.
I am continuing this project in 2021 and it can be viewed in progress here.