I consider myself a perfectionist. Because of this, I've been plagued with the ability to NOT finish certain personal projects. To combat this I decided to start the #80stoon campaign which was inspired by Jake Parker and his "Design 100 Somethings" video.
As if afflicted by a bout of Alzheimer's, I always seem to forget the awesome feeling that comes when I finish something I start. This time, though, I was determined to consciously pursue that feeling.
A Learning Experience
One of the reasons why I decided on 80's cartoons was because I was passionate about them. I love cartoons, but nothing brought on the full power of nostalgia like those awesome 80's cartoons I used to watch as a kid. I couldn't draw all of them, there were just far too many. I did encounter some times were I was so busy that the last thing I wanted to do was look at my computer, but kept going. That passion, not only for drawing, but drawing something I loved, was what led me to that finish line.
No One's Perfect
Ha! I've always tried to get my stuff looking perfect before I put it out there. Turns out, I was never putting anything out there because of it. This campaign re-enforced the fact that perfection did not matter. There were many times when things didn't look quite as I intended them, and no matter how many sketches I did, I was not feeling any of them. Still, I had to make an executive decision and post something even if it looked like poop to me. It takes a lot of inner strength to be able to do this after you've conditioned yourself to get things as perfect as possible.
I'm Not Mental, Just Committed
Once I started this campaign, I had to commit to it. This meant, that if I had promised to draw one 80's toon every day for 100 days, that's exactly what I was going to do. My rules were set. My time, scheduled. Having a couple of other talented artists on board helped me stay focused as well. This also meant that I had to regrettably decline any other projects and even personal events in order to make sure I fulfilled and met my own deadlines.
I want to thank everyone who followed, and a who participated in this little campaign. It was loads of fun and I am looking forward to doing some more of these in the future. Check out Jake Parker's video below.