When I started my daily portrait project back in January of 2011, I only intended to do it for one year (I called it the “Year Book” project, originally). But once I got to the end of the year, I decided to keep doing it indefinitely, thereby raising the obvious question: Just how long am I going to do this?
I must admit that lately I’ve been feeling more and more frustrated with my work, each day hoping that maybe the next day I’d get back into the groove, but I just keep feeling like I’m doing the same shit over and over again.
Today I got an email from Society6.com, where I have a store to sell prints and shirts, informing me that I’d gotten a copyright infringement complaint on one of my drawings. My first reaction was “That’s bullshit!”, but upon closer review of copyright law, I found out that really important people can claim “personality rights,” e.g. anything that even alludes to their existence without their consent gives them the right to be a big baby and threaten lawsuits. Of course, this only applies to famous people (even dead ones!), not us regular shlubs. If someone wanted to draw a picture of me and sell it on the internet, there isn’t a damn thing I could do about it. Especially if I’m dead.
While washing the dishes this evening (yes, I wash dishes), I had a sudden moment of satori. Instead of being angry over this ridiculous copyright nonsense, maybe I should consider that it, in addition to my growing frustration with my portraits, was a sign that I need to move on to something new. After all, what’s the point of doing something every day that brings me no enjoyment and makes me a target for litigation?
After giving it some thought, I’ve decided to bring the daily portrait project to a close, as soon as I’ve finished filling up the sketchbook I’m currently on (the twelfth of the series). I’m not very far into this one yet, so it’ll still be a couple months or so before it’s full. I could count the pages and give you an exact date, but I don’t feel like it.
That being said, I’m still going to be doing daily drawings, so don’t worry about that. I’m just going to be transitioning from daily drawings of famous people to daily drawings of whatever the hell I feel like. The past three and a half years have been a good exercise for me, but I feel like there are a lot more places I can go artistically if I’m not limiting myself to drawing pictures of famous douchebags all the time.
Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks to everybody who’s stuck with me for the past few years as well as those who are relative newcomers. I’ll try to keep you entertained and do cool shit as best I can for the foreseeable future.