On December 25th 2016 I started on a quest to draw 100 hours in a one week (168 hour) time frame.
Rules of this challenge:
1- Draw Draw Draw, If you stop for over a minute than you stop your timer, This challenge isn't incredibly harsh on ACTUAL drawing time, But if you leave drawing to watch a 15 minute cat video, That doesn't count. You can however leave for brief 1-59 second period to change songs.
2- leaving your sketchbook/tablet for ANY reason results in your timer being stopped, Unless you are looking at your artwork to view it from across the room, In this case it's part of your "drawing process" and counts. This challenge is really about 100 hours of your drawing process- so drinking while you draw, snacking- given it falls into the 1 minute rule and you aren't counting a 20 minute meal on your time count.
3- Writing is allowed, but I barely wrote anything in my 100 hours, I did however draft a few pages of manga that required me to write new dialogs. I didn't do any script writing though. You could do writing in your challenge but if you want to replicate the challenge I did than it should only take up no more than 5 hours .
4- This means you have 8 hours a day of actual free time if you copy my sequence of times drawing 10-16-16-16-16-16-10, 10 hours on the weekend 16 hours on the weekday. As you can tell, Most artist simply can't do this challenge due to their personal schedule. But it wouldn't be a challenge if anyone could do it with little effort *cough* inktober.
5- Don't hurt yourself, If you fail you fail, Don't fall a few hours behind then do insane 30 hours in a row of drawing with no breaks. I recommend 7 hours of sleep and 1 hour of breaks broken into 3 20 minute segments.
6- What medium of drawing? Any medium is fine. Painting/sketchbook drawing/digital. For painters, things like cleaning brushes and other various things that you HAVE to do count towards your time as it is part of the process. This also applies to sharpening pencils, refilling copic ink ect. just don't spend all day refilling everything you have. I did my challenge entirely digital for those who want to follow in my footsteps (why would you wanna do that) Also 3D modeling is allowed if you are into that.
7- Prepare yourself for the challenge of your life
This isn't a challenge that should be attempted if you haven't even drawn 1 16 hour day in the past, let alone 60+ hours in a week. What I did was weeks before Dec 25 draw for 45 minutes on day 1 and add 45 minutes more each day. Day 2 1 hour 30 minutes, day 3 2 hours 15 minutes. On week two I kind of sort of failed at getting those 10-13 hour marks every day .___. But I was still hyping myself for this challenge weeks in advance, listening to music that makes you feel like you are about to climb a mother fcking mountain.
8- Tracing- Is allowed, If you seriously spend 100 hours in one week tracing pictures...You are crazy. This also means you could in theory set up 100 hours worth of drawings that need to be inked and colored and not actually do any drawing that requires thought. I highly recommend this as you will wake up and be tired for a couple hours and drawing becomes a challenge. I worked on a manga so I left inking for the afternoon wakeups and drawing for the night block.
What I did was draw 12AM-7AM, getting one of my 20 minute breaks somewhere in there, sometimes two because I was dumb. By 7AM I would have 6-7 hours completed. What I then do is set my alarm to 2PM. 2PM-12AM is 10 hours which means every minute past 6 is a minute you have for breaks for when you wake up. I sometimes drew to 7:25AM Just to make up for my second night break and give myself 6 hours and 30 minutes of sleep... You could get more sleep by cutting into your breaks, but you need to eat/drink/go to the bathroom (unless you are super hardcore and just do this challenge on the toilet all day.
Now what I Completed
3 12 by 40inch sketching canvases (around 50 rough sketches of various things from head shots to hands feet and legs) Id do this inbetween illustrations and manga pages just to think of what to draw next.
When the Rain falls 2
Li-Li the Queen
2 character sheets
One for Mara from Vyvian
One for Risera from Petals of Nothing
And *drum roll please* 15 pages of Petals of nothing, from tuesday-saturday I finished 15 pages on top of the 6 i had finished from earlier this year. That's about 3 pages a day. I did have lots of it drafted but I found myself changing the original sketch lots and most draft sketches were just placeholder doodles.
You can do a similar challenge to this if you work/go to school. You could do 100 hours in 2 weeks or 3 weeks depending on how much time is in your control. If you got a solid week open then you could go 14-14-14-14-14-14-16 to reach 100, I did 10-16-16-16-16-16-10 because I worked on saturday and 16 was physically impossible since i would be gone for 9 hours leaving only 15.
I don't really like this challenge though, it was more of a self improvement thing than a challenge I could show off. I will probably make a video recapping most of what this journal said and maybe the experience of waking up and going from 0-100.
I did this challenge to break the cycle of time wasting 2016 brought to me, As a form of redemption so to speak although 1 week of hardcore drawing and a manga chapter completion isn't enough to makeup for the countless hours i didn't put in last year.