I keep a running list of daily creativity ideas for days when I feel less inspired. The great thing about looking back at the list for inspiration is I’ll have no idea what I was thinking when I wrote these things down (High-definition Hands? Berlusconi cheese!?), which can lead to unexpected reinterpretations. One of my favourites from this month emerged under these circumstances: I’ve no idea what I had originally thought when I made a note of Counterfeit Dog, but as an illustration, I’m pleased with the end result.
It’s been a surprising month in Rickmansland. After feeling like I had such a powerful month last month, I spent the past four weeks feeling largely uninspired, but in retrospect it’s been a pretty good month too. The cardboard tree was (physically) the biggest thing, while the Pool Clock was the biggest virtually – it developed a life of its own on Tumblr, where it has had hundreds of likes and rebloggings since I posted it. Apparently there’s a big swimming contingent on that platform!
I’m also really pleased with Wasted Udder Juice – a typically cryptic commentary on Margaret Thatcher’s death that also happened to be a neat little illustration. The Post-it Pac-man is definitely worth a mention too – it’s the first animation I made this year, and by some fluke it also happened to turn out pretty much as successfully as I had imagined, which is a welcome rarity in my universe!
Wow, it’s been another month already, but it’s been a pretty good one! I’m surprisingly pleased with my overall output this month, which I’m ashamed to admit hasn’t always been the case over the years of SCED past.
As usual, I’ll mention some favourites here! All The Mod Cons is the best thing I’ve drawn in a while – I’m beginning to learn that if I develop and redraw an idea a few times over, the results often get better, as was the case with this drawing of a treehouse. With a washing machine in it, of course.
Friends Reunited was a surprise success as well – I was worried that everyone would have forgotten about the Ikea monkey (and the ‘I was supposed to pick up Carl’ image macro) by the time I posted it, but it ended up being incredibly timely for a completely different reason. As it was Ikea, I couldn’t resist slotting in a gag about the quality of their hot dogs and making another reference to the ongoing horsemeat scandal in the process. In a great example of life imitating art1, the very next day news broke that Ikea’s meatballs had horsemeat in them too.
The Washing Line is a great piece of work too – even Lilly seems to approve of it. I’m building up quite a substantial body of washing machine based artwork, which also includes WashMa.ch, another daily from this month which I will go into a bit more detail about at some point in the future.
1 This isn’t the first time I’ve experienced this – here is a daily creativity motivated by a sense of wonder at how much Samsung was trying to make their then-new Galaxy phone look like an Apple iPhone, particularly in their commercials, which were pretty inescapable at the time. A couple of days after I posted this, news broke that Apple were suing Samsung over this very issue.
While it’s nice to believe the world secretly revolves around my Something Creative Every Day project, I think the safer conclusion is that these things are just really obvious. Of course Ikea’s meatballs were going to test positive for horse2 – we’re talking about one of the world’s biggest cost-cutting companies here!^
2 A footnote on a footnote? Am I mad?! If nothing else positive has come out of the horsemeat scandal, it has to be the frequent use of the phrase ‘test(ing) positive for horse’ – one that eight weeks ago I would never have expected to hear coming from serious journalists across the media!
What do you know, it’s time for another SCED monthly roundup, and I had no idea it was that time already!
It’s been a colourful month! This month I have started working on drawing all of the international code of flags and drawn plenty of post-its. By far and large the greatest thing I’ve done this month is Robot Factory. I’m still surprised that came out of my mind/fingers. It’s been a relatively solid month of ideas by my standards… I wonder if I’ll keep it up next month?!
It’s back and it’s unfocussed as ever – I’m doing stuff on a daily basis once again, and have already racked up another four weeks of it:
I sort of fell back into the habit over my winter break in the capitalism nexus – I got home and realised I had pretty much done something for every day I was away, which is most of what you’re seeing here. You know, the usual stuff people do while on holiday – take photos, draw on their iPad, make plush jackalopes. Nothing strange there.
So on to picking favourites, I think my best effort this month is The Upstairs Whale. No explanation for the satisfaction it brings me though. Also a big fan of Dollar Bill – it’s dumb, it’s a play on words, it’s a bad drawing, it’s classic me.
Now I’m back into the habit, it’s worth reminding you that if you like Tumblr, I am still posting the dailies there too, to varying degrees of success. Check it all out at daily.trickartt.com now!
It’s been a long, slow 28 days of creativities in Ricky Trickartt’s Wonderful World of Colour. I’ve been grappling with a combination of busyness (working on Netsky’s album amongst other things) and general uninspiration, so pumping out the dailies has been a long slog. I think I need a holiday. Which is convenient as I have one coming up!
There have been a couple of inspired moments this month though. The highlight of the month has to be the Trojan Poultry, which was meant to look rubbish but ended up way cooler than I had originally envisioned. Nice problem to have! The Ram is worth mentioning too, as it went a little bit viral (by my standards at least!) on Tumblr, with almost a hundred reblogs and likes since I originally posted it. A final bonus word for And it Continued to Rain too – it might not be much, but it’s my oddly-pleases-me pick of the month!
Hello Internetters and welcome to another four-weekly roundup of my Something Creative Every Day project! This month has felt like hard work, but it has proven to be worth it as there are some nice ideas to have leaked out of my mind over the past few weeks. I’m particularly pleased with a couple of stopmotion experiments – the Melting Chocolate was a little pointless but somehow turned out exactly as I had envisioned it, and The Raw and The Cooked pleased me immensely, but then I don’t think there are many people out there who share my two fascinations with how microwaves and televisions once looked the same and how roast chickens are always used as generic foodstuffs to cook in a microwave.
Aside from the animations, I also really like two pictures I drew this month: Rhonda the diplodocus is the best drawing I have done on an iPad to date, and I can’t really explain why, but Domestimatic 2032 really pleases me too. It can’t just be because it has a washing machine in it – so much of my work does anyway – but I do like it!
And don’t forget, if you’re big into Tumblr, then you can now follow Something Creative Every Day on Tumblr too!
Finally! It’s time for another month of SCED to be rounded up, covering the month of March and a tiny bit of April! This month is full of all kinds of silly drawings, washing machines and robots. My highlight of the month was finishing off Speakerbot, giving him a retrocomputing style flashing light panel and a new coat of paint. I’ve also started to finally get my head around drawing on the iPad – hopefully these drawings will start to become interesting soon!
In other SCED news, as you might have noticed from the addition to the menu on the right, I have began porting my daily creativities over to Tumblr. I think I’ve found a nice audience here – I seem to be getting more likes and favourites here than I am on Flickr, which is awesome, so hello to all of my new Tumblr followers! I hope you enjoy the little window into my brain this project provides
It’s roundup time, folks, and although I have been a little late on posting a couple of days of creativity, this is the first time in a long while I have done something to count for every day in a consecutive 28-day period! Right On!
The month started with a lot of robots – I found myself thinking about the complete lack of consistency in my SCED project, so I drew robots all week. These robots spawned one of the highlights of the month for me – tiny little Speakerbot, who not only was fun to make but has made a small improvement to my home too!
Although Speakerbot is probably my highlight, there is some other good (and not-so-good) stuff here elsewhere in the month too! For example, I’m oddly pleased with the Landsnake, though I remain somewhat baffled by the politically angry comment somebody left on it last week. Not at all what I was thinking, but well done to them for exercising their imagination!
Well here we are, more than a month late, with a roundup of the latest and greatest in daily creativities! To explain the uselessness, I had to take a bit of a pause to finish NHS200 after the last roundup. By the time that was under control, I was jetting across the ocean for my winter break, where I spent three weeks contemplating how easy it is to get comfortable doing absolutely nothing, shamefully managing only four posts the entire break. Damn.
I continued to be useless upon my return, but as of about a week ago, I’m back into it, and have finally chalked up twenty-eight since the last roundup. There’s some good stuff in here too: The Cash Cow from back in November was pretty awesome, and more recently, Pirates of Yesteryear turned out about as well as I had hoped!
I have now also siphoned off my second year of SCED into a set of its own too – you can now find the daily creativities from September 2010 to September 2011 in its new set here, but the very latest will be in the same place you know and love here.
So now we’re well into 2012, lets hope this year brings more creativities I’m proud of! Yeah!
Hey, look at that! It’s taken me a lot longer than it should, but I have finally clocked up another four weeks of daily creativities! I ended up having to take about a week off from the project to work on something bigger and more exciting, details of which should emerge very soon!
I’ve got less than a month until my annual transatlantic trip now, but hopefully that won’t cause too much of a delay before my next roundup. What I’m more worried about is all the work I have to finish before I leave!!