Style-wise, I’m finding most of my shoes are black, nude, or navy. It’s all neutral! (I guess I’m very practical.) That, or I’m avoiding tackling the more complicated colors and patterns in my closet. Yesterday I was explaining the project over dinner and someone asked, “do you really wear every pair?” Sheepishly, I admitted I stick to eight or nine styles and rotate the selection every few weeks. There are definitely those pieces that get the most wear: ankle boots, low heel pumps, chic sneakers… It’s made me re-assess my shoe obsession and perhaps I can finally give it the boot. (Haha, get it?)
Technique-wise, I’d say my sketches are definitely getting quicker. The first few probably took close to an hour to complete. I really spent a lot of time finessing the lines and carefully laying in the color. Nowadays, I find my discipline waning and my patience thinning. I attack each sketch with a fast hand and don’t do much pencil sketching now. I like it a lot, though. I think it’s giving the pieces a lot more character.
Since college, I’ve struggled with the huge disparity in energy and quality my drawings have when drawn from memory versus drawn from observation. I’m hoping doing so many illustrations from life will help permanently ingrain some of that vitality into my work done from memory.
I can’t wait to see what day 50 has in store!