I recently found out about a great illustration website called "Illustration Friday." Every Friday they choose a different topic and then invite anyone to submit an illustration depicting that topic.
It is really great to take a look at how different artists tackle a single assignment. Furthermore, it gives artists a "deadline" to reach toward every week, even if they do not have any other illustration clients currently lined up.
This week's topic was: fluid.
Since there are no requirements whatsoever, nor any clients to please, I thought I would just let myself go and see what happened. As opposed to how I typically work, for this illustration I did not look at any reference material whatsoever. I wanted to see what I would come up without any concrete influences. I was so engrossed, that several hours passed before I knew it. I essentially did this drawing in one push, with only a couple minimal breaks.
I hope very much to participate in Illustration Friday as often as possible. Watch this space...