I was just going through Elizabeth’s del.icio.us links and discovered NaArMaMo: National Art Making Month, which was in August, and which like DrawMo! was muchly inspired by Woolgathering. How cool is that—that Elizabeth’s work is sparking all these art clusters all over the Internets?
But: Man, they done stoled our idea, like, retroactively!
No, it’s okay because they did art, whereas we’re going to do drawing. But that raises the question, “What’s drawing?”
Well, I certainly don’t know. And I’m not sure I care. Do you? Should it just be up to each participant to look inside her or his heart for the answer? Or should there be some kind of boundaries?
While we’re considering that, let’s also look at the sensible ground rules Jen of NaArMaMo posted:
- You try to make one distinct piece of art every day. That is a different piece of art every day, rather than one big project over all the days. So at the end of August you will hopefully have 31 pieces of art, all made by you.
- ‘Piece of art’ includes anything that uses your artistic/creative talents. You can stick with something you love, or try to master one medium you’ve always dreaded, or mix and match and have a go at all sorts of things.
- It doesn’t matter if you are great at art, or have never drawn/sung/built/etc anything in your life, or have done all of the above but just dreadfully. It’s just about doing it, and keeping doing it every day for 31 days.
Just substitute “drawing” for “piece of art” throughout that, and cut the “/sung/built/etc” in the last point, and that seems reasonable for us. Or do we want to be more strict? Or less strict? Or different in some other way that my pea brain can’t imagine?
- You can set goals for yourself if you like, and it’d be nice to share them with the community. For example you might make a list of different mediums and decide to at least attempt each of them. Or different subjects you’d like to draw. Or so on. Basically what I’m saying is that if people think they’ll keep going more if they have more structure, they should make it for themselves, and that would be shiny:)
- It’s not about quality, it’s about keeping trying no matter how terrible or uninspired you happen to be that day. For ‘artists’ of all capabilities, it’s just about getting something made. Yes.
- Therefore it is best if it is one piece of art a day, rather than just doing 31 sketches on day 12 and calling it done, but really, you did 31 sketches? You TOTALLY WIN. So I don’t know, it would just be better if after day 12 you carried on for the rest of the month regardless.
- Clearly people are going to miss days, because dude. So if days are missed you’ll have to do two or more bits of art another day to make up for it.
- No proof is needed, because
god knows I’m not going to show people the terribleness that I createnot everyone has cameras, scanners, photo hosting and all that. So we take your word that you did what you said. Cheats rejoice!
In the original discussion at India, Ink., we talked about having an optional assignment for the group each day, along the lines of Everyday Matters’ list of ideas, and I still think that’s a good plan. But optionality is key. The goal is for us all to draw more, and if the rules make it so that you don’t feel like drawing, then screw the rules.
So, do we need any rules at all?