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We’re four weeks into the project now, am I allowed to call it a month yet?! I’m excited because, as I keep saying, I’ve never kept up with a challenge so well and for so long! One half of me is just waiting for me to slip up and stop participating, while the other half just laughs and says “nah, we’re here for the whole thing!” Even though I am super pleased with how well this project is going, there is one thing that I feel I really need to work on.. my participation & interaction with others & their work within the challenge. On a typical day, I’ll sort out my illustration then post it to Instagram, then I won’t think about it again throughout the rest of the day. That sucks, and I’ve begun to realise that a lot of the joy from this challenge comes from interacting with the other artists and following their journey too! I’m going to make it a daily goal now, to go through #THE100DAYPROJECT tag at least once, then I can catch up with everyone and feel more part of the growing community.

Do you have any favourite projects in the challenge? Link me and share the love!

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Golly golly gosh, week three already people!! Is time going by super quickly for you all or is it just me? Three weeks is a decent length for an everyday project but it really has flown by for me.

This has been my most challenging week so far due to a combination of not staying on top of the illustrations, and having to illustrate some HUGE constellations! I don’t know why for sure, but my normal practice of doing the day’s illustration the night before went right out the window for me this week. I often found myself quickly finishing them off right before I head off to work so I’m certain that I can photograph them well enough and get them posted for the day. Thankfully I haven’t missed a day yet, but I certainly came very close to that a couple of times in the last week! I found this to be much more stressful and frustrating for me so I am making sure to go back to readying the illustrations the night before again! We also had some quite tricky constellations to illustrate this week. Carina, Centaurus and Cetus are all huge sprawling constellations in the sky, so trying to get the proportions and shape right in a teeny A6 illustration was quite challenging. I’m very happy with how Carina and Cetus turned out, but I planned Centaurus so badly that I had to cut off some of the constellation as I set it up far too big! I’m trying to be really careful with the larger constellations now so that doesn’t happen again, so at least I have learnt my lesson!

So it’s been a challenging week, but also the week where I have learnt the most in so I’m happy with that!

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Welp, this recap is teensy bit late but better late than never! Here are all the illustrations I did for Week Two of my #100daysofinkedastronomy! I’m still going strong in this challenge, I haven’t missed a single day yet which has really surprised me, but also makes me feel really proud. I am terrible with challenges that require so much commitment but it’s actually working out really well for me!

One of the things I really love about my project is that everyday I get to explore a new constellation. I learn its name, what it looks like and if I have time, I read about what it represents and the stories behind it! Eventually I want to be well versed in all the constellations in the sky but I think that is going to take a while haha! I’m interested in all their stories because eventually I would love to turn these illustrations into an Oracle deck for myself. I imagine shuffling a deck of a hundred cards then picking one that could be any constellation, moon phase or meteor shower, then using the myths and stories to give them a divinatory message. The idea of an Oracle deck comprised of the very essence of the night sky just rocks my world and I can’t wait to get it in my hands, but first I have to get all these illustrations finished!

I hope you’re enjoying my project and your own if you are taking part!