A few months ago I heard about inktober. A challenge to create an illustration, every day, during October. The challenge was originally created by Jake Parker, as a means to improve his illustration abilities. When I first heard of it, I thought to myself, maybe I can do it too, but I didn’t get around to it in the end. When I recently heard about Moon, aka Olivier Menanteau, and his unbelievable 365 Day Challenge, I was blown away!
Moon took upon himself a HUGE challenge. Forcing yourself to draw something, every day, for consecutive 365 days, is not a simple task. Fortunately, over time the ‘task’ became a source of pleasure for him. On January 1st the challenge began. His purpose was to improve his illustration techniques. The format he selected was 15x15cm board. The techniques will vary between graphite, ink, watercolor, and colored pencils.
Moon created a dedicated crowd funding page, so that people can support him and help his project come to life. He needed an obligation to complete it, after all, people would invest in his dream. The plan was to create a book with all the 365 illustrations in it, once the project is done. Each illustrated frame had a single story in it, and no connecting link to any of the other frames. To showcase his progress, Moon posted a daily progress to his 365 day challenge, in various social networks. Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter. He even used a special hashtag, so that people can easily find it, #365SQUARES.
Have a look at some of his illustrations below. If you dig his style, you can support his crowd funding project, that is close to an end. You can also head over to his society6 Moon page, and support him in that way.