Lines365 is a 365 drawing project of designer and illustrator Alicia Bridgewater.
About the Lines 365 Project
At the start of 2010, I was having a hard time finding a creative job. It had been one year after I had graduated from college and I was feeling like a lost little puppy. I was starting to miss the “good old days”–the nurturing, structured environment of school–and was wondering where I had gone wrong. Then a thought came to me… instead of beating myself up over a “missed turn”, I should focus on improving a skill. Drawing was always something I had enjoyed and wanted to be better at, so I decided to start a year long drawing project. It would push me to be productive, dedicated, and inspired, especially when things weren’t so inspiring.
As it got farther into my 365 drawing project, I started to pay attention to the strangely beautiful, tiny details around me: a cluster of dried raindrops on a windshield after a rainy day, the colors of a desert landscape, and the shadows on a friend’s face. All these details inspired me to be continually drawing, which led to drawings overlapping drawings. This overlap was particularly interesting to me because it created a collage of moments and wove relationships between objects that previously had none. These moments and relationships ended up creating stories about life and death, our place in nature, family, and the funny things humans do. These juxtapositions were also evidence of a scene or the trace of a movement–beautiful, fleeting moments–and without this exploration, I never would have seen the beauty of the world around me.
My 365 project has been an amazing journey of exploration and I feel like I’ve accomplished all the goals I had set for myself: strengthening my weaknesses, building a strong foundation of observation, and improving my recall through dedicated practice. I’ve seen an improvement in my drawings, especially with the rendering of 3D space, the proportions of the human figure, and the execution of techniques. My 365 drawing project has shown me what I’m capable of, who I am as a person, and that I will always be a student… It’s made me a better artist and a happier person.
With the success I’ve achieved from my own 365 drawing project, I would highly recommend for anyone to start their own 365 project. No matter what you do or what interests you, whether it’s photography or hand lettering, a 365 project is a wonderful way to improve what you love doing and exploring who you are as a person.
About the Website: So why create a website? Instead of letting my drawings sit in a deep dark cabinet, never to be seen by anyone ever again, I created this site as a way to document my yearlong progress. I’ve always been interested in the behind the scenes sketches and processes of other artists, so I thought that perhaps my progress might be interesting to others.