Sketch-A-Day is now sketch-a-day.com

Sketch-A-Day started as small idea to get people motivated to doodle, scribble and scratch something every day. Now that I’ve been at it for 39 days without missing a beat, I’ve decided to switch things up a bit. Let’s admit, sometimes the sketches aren’t exactly Industrial Design Related or even design related, but they’ve serve as good inspiration for some based on your comments and feedback, and I’ve gotten some good feedback myself via the idsketching facebook page and post comments themselves. It’s as much practice for me as it is inspiration for you.

With that said, I’ve decided to “upgrade” the feature and move it into it’s own entity. Now, I know it’s become a mainstay here idsketching.com, but never fear, I’ll get into what this means a little later in the post.

Sketch-a-day.com is now live and features a very simple to use interface that is still organic and in progress, but should get you what you need – home, an archive link, facebook page link, link to the twitter page if you want to follow and interact there, stumble upon link so that you can spread the word, rss feed link, and a link for you to contact me with questions, suggestions, or if you just wanna chat.

Another cool feature I was able to include is facebook connect, so if you want to, you could connect with facebook to post a comment on the site. I’m working on adding a few more cool features, but that’s it for now.

My favorite part of the new site though is the post gallery. Now you can see all the sketch posts in an easy to navigate gallery mode. This way, if you’re new to sketch-a-day.com or simply missed a few posts, you can get to them relatively easily.

So what does this mean for idsketching.com, well, it means that I won’t be posting a sketch-a-day post here daily, but I’ll be doing a weekly wrap-up of what sketches got posted on sketch-a-day, interesting tweets, and comments from you.  Something of a quick thumbnail overview of what I posted. It’ll also help pull things back into focus on articles and videos about technique, rather than a random smattering of sketches by me every day.

There’ll also be a permanent link on the site here to sketch a day in the top navigation so that the mini site is easy to get to.

So what about the people in the forum? If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, you have to check it out. There’s a Sketch-A-Day forum for people inspired by the sketch-a-day feature where they’ve been sketching everyday. There’s some great stuff there, so be sure to check it out. The forum will remain intact, and I encourage you to get involved.

I get asked alot how to improve skills, learn a technique, have a certain style, and almost always the answer I give is simply practice. There’s a bit of talent involved, sure, but I can guarantee that if you can sketch-a-day with me, (or on your own if you choose) you’ll see some great results in no time.

So my challenge to you for 2010 and beyond is to sketch-a-day. Doodle, scribble, jot, just get something down on paper or on your tablet. The payoff will be a marked improvement in your skillset.

I know it may seem like a bit much at first, but trust me, it’ll be much simpler and sweeter on it’s own. I plan to have some guest sketchers every now and then if I can rally them, so hopefully there’ll be some diversity here and there.

Thanks for all your awesome (no,seriously) awesome support for the sketch-a-day feature. Be sure to bookmark sketch-a-day.com and check there daily for a sketch update.

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  • erik

    Good idea to have a separate page for the sketch-a-day. Cleans up things a bit on idsketching.com. Unfortunately the rss-feed at sketch-a-day.com doesn’t work for me. I just get a message that contains “GB zapped web bug”. I’m using netnewswire (mac) if that helps you troubleshooting this. Would be nice to get it working again the way it did when sketch-a-day was part of idsketching’s rss feed. I kinda like getting a new sketch popping into my rss-reader everyday :)

  • erik

    Good idea to have a separate page for the sketch-a-day. Cleans up things a bit on idsketching.com. Unfortunately the rss-feed at sketch-a-day.com doesn’t work for me. I just get a message that contains “GB zapped web bug”. I’m using netnewswire (mac) if that helps you troubleshooting this. Would be nice to get it working again the way it did when sketch-a-day was part of idsketching’s rss feed. I kinda like getting a new sketch popping into my rss-reader everyday :)

  • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

    LOL yeah I’m working on it right this second. hehe

  • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

    LOL yeah I’m working on it right this second. hehe

  • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

    Okay . . . should be working now.

  • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

    Okay . . . should be working now.

  • erik

    Sweet! Works now :)

  • erik

    Sweet! Works now :)

  • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

    Great!

  • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

    Great!

  • Chris

    Spencer- thanks for the work you guys are doing on the site. Sketch-on!

  • Chris

    Spencer- thanks for the work you guys are doing on the site. Sketch-on!

  • http://www.coroflot.com/seizmicdesign powers

    it’s cool to see this site blossom and grow into new and interesting things. One comment I have is on the sketch a day site, between the forward and back arrows or somewhere related to each image, a quick breakdown of sketch technique. pencil, pen, marker, paper, photoshop, SBP, intuos, cintiq. Just another thought to make you life more difficult!

  • http://www.coroflot.com/seizmicdesign powers

    it’s cool to see this site blossom and grow into new and interesting things. One comment I have is on the sketch a day site, between the forward and back arrows or somewhere related to each image, a quick breakdown of sketch technique. pencil, pen, marker, paper, photoshop, SBP, intuos, cintiq. Just another thought to make you life more difficult!

  • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

    In the works :-) I actually had to manually move each post over to the new server so it may take a little time retagging everything but I’ll get there. Glad to hear you like it.

  • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

    In the works :-) I actually had to manually move each post over to the new server so it may take a little time retagging everything but I’ll get there. Glad to hear you like it.

  • Freddy Weigle

    Cheers Spencer,

    Awesome idea! I have been following your sketch a day from the beginning….its been a huge motivator for me to get sketching. Keep it up, love the new site!

  • Freddy Weigle

    Cheers Spencer,

    Awesome idea! I have been following your sketch a day from the beginning….its been a huge motivator for me to get sketching. Keep it up, love the new site!

  • Matt

    Hey Spencer, great idea with the sketch a day thing. This site is growing arms and legs fast! Keep up the great work!

  • Matt

    Hey Spencer, great idea with the sketch a day thing. This site is growing arms and legs fast! Keep up the great work!

  • http://mandarkale.wordpress.com/ sketchforever

    Hey Spencer , awesome works on the site .. :) loving the day 41 and 40 car renders..:)

  • http://mandarkale.wordpress.com/ sketchforever

    Hey Spencer , awesome works on the site .. :) loving the day 41 and 40 car renders..:)

  • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

    Glad to hear it!

  • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

    Glad to hear it!

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