Yesterday, about this time I was returning home for a hot shower and a cup of tea after my first 24hr comic event. I’m still slightly recovering today, I feel a fair bit more sluggish and achey than normal and yesterday was a sleepy blur!
First thoughts, initially the things that concerned me were primarily: could I stop up for the full 24hrs? Would I finish in time?
So when I first started I structured a story based off the prompts/fact cards that were put out for us, they were Truro based facts and were really interesting. For my story I grabbed as many of these facts as I could and rolled them into one sort of place and then created a narrative for it. Upon reflection I feel the story potentially was a bit cheesy/feel-good. I hadn’t really anticipated the story writing side of things which was silly! I also went a little bit crazy with colour and didn’t limit my colour palette at all.
I think next time I’m going to spend more time to make more considered decisions, I was very worried I wouldn’t finish on time if I didn’t start straight away but I ended up working pretty quickly and finished at 5am, that was working on A4 in watercolour/acrylic painting. Also I was contemplating working on A5 next time, the scale might encourage me to be a bit more creative with breaking up the page.
Funnily enough the staying awake wasn’t really an issue for me, I felt pretty chipper about it and just chewed airwaves when I started getting dozy. I also had a migraine the night before so didn’t really sleep much and had spent 12hours on a coach ahah so I supposed if I managed to stop up after that I should always be able to do it anytime!
Overall, absolutely fantastic time and I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat! I actually hope I get the chance to do it again so I can put my reflections into practice!
Wearing no make-up was a good choice, I may have looked a little plain faced in the photos but at least I didn’t look like a weepy panda the next morning!