A large part of what I have been doing artistically, and sharing with everyone, is my Multiplexicon project. This project, at the outset, was designed as a yearlong project that would force me to continue to make on a regular basis while I was losing time to other things like professional and personal life. For a variety of reasons, I was not able to keep up that base that I had intended for myself and have gone over the time frame I set out for myself. I had intended to do 100 models in 1 year; a very achievable goal. Instead, as of right now, over a year later, I have 34, only a shade past 1/3 of the way there.
Do I feel like I've failed? Not entirely. While I certainly have a deeper appreciation for the value of time and time management when trying to maintain a creative life amidst an otherwise full life, I still feel like the project did what I intended it to. I now have a habit of sitting down at the computer and, when I have time, always making sure that I'm working on one model or another. This habit of making, of always having a creative project, was something I needed in instill in myself after coming out a university environment where I was told what to do (to an extent) and rewarded for completing those goals. Simple. Deciding to do art when you have the complete freedom to do whatever you like with your time is a different matter. For some, this is no big deal and school only got in the way. For me, I have many interests that all demand my attention and time. I needed this project to help me prioritize my time for making, and that is not something I'm ashamed of.
Coming out of a year of working on this project though, I do have some tips for anyone looking to do a yearlong project, or some sort of everyday art making project. Take this only as the opinions of someone that engaged in this. Here we go.
1. Be Realistic - Select a project that you can easily complete in the given time frame. Life always has a way of throwing curveballs, even when your day to day routine is fairly regular, so give yourself some slack.
2. Impose Clear Goals - Be very specific with what you want to achieve on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Having clearly defined goals facilitates good time management and will serve to keep your creative wheels from spinning.
3. Post Results Publicly - This was something I learned partway through. By forcing yourself to post results online on instagram, your website, or whatever platform you prefer has the benefit of instilling a sense of responsibility in yourself to essentially "show up for work" and do what you set out to do, since you now have an audience. It will also push you to work at your best, since all of your results will be shared.
4. Choose Something You Know You'll Have Fun With - This may seem like an obvious point, but when you force yourself to do something for a year, on a regular basis, you have to make sure that it's always fresh and fulfilling. If you're like me, you've made similar commitments about going to the gym and have not had great success since you don't like going to the gym in the first place. This, of course, depends on why you've decided to do a yearlong project anyway.
That's it! I'm going to keep making these until I get to 100.