the 100 Days Project: 100 Days of Fashion Illustration on whimsyandnoir.com

 

Before I started webcomic-ing and calling myself an illustrator, my defining ‘thing’ was fashion: specifically, design. Fashion and costume design were what I went to college for and actually hold a degree in!

Clothing and putting outfits together has been a lifelong obsession of mine, (in case you haven’t gathered by all my “daily outfit” posts on my Instagram). Since I was a young child, I always dreamed of somehow making a career out of it.. and while that hasn’t exactly panned out and I’ve been concentrating on other creative endeavors these past few years, I realized something: I really freaking miss it!

A couple of weeks ago, I started seeing posts from some people/artists that I follow on Instagram mentioning something called the “100 Days Project”. After doing more research on it, I felt especially drawn to the idea behind it, which is really about losing oneself in the process of creating for creating’s sake. And I felt a spark of inspiration hit me: what if I undertake this challenge by drawing 100 fashion illustrations? It would be a win-win situation all around: not only could I immerse myself back into the world of fashion by designing clothes and outfits like I love doing, but I can *also* practice and develop my artistic skills all the more, which can in turn help me out on all my other (future) projects!

So this past week I decided to start. And I’m elated to announce that I’ve made it through an entire week! Honestly, I didn’t think I would! I’ve done monthly drawing challenges before, (like Drawlloween 2015), but that was only 31 days worth.. 100 days means MONTHS of work. And sounds seriously daunting. Even now, I worry that I’ll slip up sooner or later and fall behind or just stop altogether if I go through any more ‘blue’ periods…

So I’m trying to not take it too seriously or think about it too hard. And it’s also why I hadn’t officially ‘announced’ it until now. I’m going to do this for myself because I honestly enjoy it. Clothes make me happy and I love creating them, even if only on paper. Fashion will always be my ‘thing’, in some way, shape, or form.

And, who knows? Maybe I can make a career out of it, yet.

Oh, but not to worry! This does NOT mean I’ll stop making webcomics or other kinds of art. “Spirits at Tea Time” and the world of Whimsy and Noir in general will continue as it’s been. Just think of this as an extra topping on my cute and spooky sundae 😉

..and now I want ice cream.

Keep following me on Instagram (@whimsyandnoir) to see my daily illustrations! (I may not post EVERY day, but will post any days I don’t on the following day, along with that day’s work itself. Did that make sense?) And if you have any requests for me to do, don’t hesitate to contact me about it! Do you have an O.C. you want me to design an outfit for? Do you want something designed for yourself? Let me know!

 

P.S. there’s a few other ‘secret’ projects I’ve been simultaneously working on.. yeah.