100 Days of 1 Project: Reconstructing the Loch Ness Monster
This all started because it was that time of year again; when I try to make a thing every day for one hundred days.
For this year's one hundred day project, I wanted to do One Hundred Days of One Project. I decided to 'reconstruct' Nessie, Scotland's Loch Ness Monster. The five-year-old in me (as well as the 30-year-old, to be honest) so wants to be a paleo illustrator - the person who paints reconstructions of fleshed-out dinosaurs from their bones. When I was studying Medical Art we got to reconstruct a human head - and I absolutely loved it. Extinct animals and dinosaurs are the ultimate dream.
My drawing style is pretty involved, so I was keen to use this project to really detail every step taken to get to the finished article. And since I had heavily Instagrammed my haggis illustrations in 2017; I rustled up another mythological Scottish creature.
After about 29 days though, I was feeling like this 100 day format just wasn't suited to my Nessie project. Not every stage could be finished in a day - and some days were spent entirely in research, or reworking one tiny bit - the 100 consecutive days were dragging Nessie down. Sometimes, I need to leave a drawing for a day or so and come back to it. And then, I was worried that Nessie might take longer, or (better), could be completed before, the 100 day deadline.
I decided Nessie needed her own project - The Nessie Project. Still broken down by days, but not necessarily consecutive days, and some days would be full of Nessie - some might just be an article I read, some days might be Nessie free. And as I am not constrained by time - I might pull a Nessie all-nighter and there she'll be. Or, she might take 200 days. The rest remains the same - researching, studying, and 'reconstructing' Scotland's most notoriously shy celebrity creature. I hope you'll follow her progress into really being. Read on for Nessie's progress so far.
I started with research, where I found an actual published paper about Nessie sightings, which in itself was pretty damn exciting. After slogging through it I'm convinced it lacks any scientific merit and is just a guy trying to prove to himself that Nessie does exist - but it did lead me to loads of further research - so I'll call it worth the slog.