The idea is rather quite simple. One new drawing every day. Follow so far? Excellent. There is but one parameter. Each new day’s drawing begins where the prior day’s drawings left off. If it pleases you, think of it as an exquisite corpse with a sole participant. All inquiries can be addressed directly to this site’s proprietor, Emory Allen. firstname.lastname@example.org Cheers, The Exquisite Beast
Why did you start An Exquisite Beast?
Traditionally, during the last quarter of the year, my productivity takes a nose dive. It’s no coincidence that’s when a whole slew of new video games come out. Wanting to have something to show for my time other than a slightly higher Gamer Score, I decided to start a daily drawing project. I needed the daily deadline to make sure I don’t slack off!
How much time do you spend on each drawing?
On average I spend 1.5 – 3 hours on a drawing. The longer drawings are usually a result of tossing 1 or 2 sketches before I find what I’m going to draw for the day.
What do you use to create the drawings?
I use Photoshop from start to finish which is different from how I typically work.
Do you plan your drawings before hand?
Nope. Part of the reason I enjoy this project so much is because it’s much more loose than how I normally create my illustrations. For my regular illustration work, I start with writing ideas down, creating thumbnails, then move to working and reworking a pencil sketch until I feel like it’s perfect. Finally, I scan it in and finish it on the computer bouncing back and forth between Photoshop and Illustrator. With An Exquisite Beast, I sit down without an idea and just start moving my stylus. It feels like I’m discovering a drawing rather working to create one.
How long do you plan on keeping An Exquisite Beast going?
Just like how I approach my drawing each day, part of the beauty of this project is that there is no plan :)
Any long term goals?
As Exquisite Beast was originally created with only a web presentation in mind. The sheer size of it now (over 15 yards at 4 months) makes it a little difficult to adapt it to print. I have a couple ideas, but nothing solid yet.
Have a question?
Feel free to email me! email@example.com
Find me at emoryallen.com