I’ve developed a couple of online friendships with other artists on Instagram. For the most part, we love and comment on each other’s posts, but once in a while we have actual interactions. In a rare moment of extrovertedness, I initiated a game of portrait swapping; I’ll draw you in my style and you draw me in yours.
What resulted was a soul-nurturing give-and-take of artistic fun.
2020 was turning out to be a weird, stressful year for everyone, everywhere, so it was good to feel a connection with other artists from all over the world.
From Europe to America, my art buddies and I managed to play our art game together despite the physical distances between us.
Sometimes we shared our creative journeys with each other; updating the other on our progress with their portrait and sharing how we were feeling, what we were thinking about, and what we hoped for the future.
The majority of these portraits were based on selfies taken by the artists. I found it quite funny but also very… contemporary… or perhaps millenialistic, that we were creating portraits based on selfies. The result is one artist’s impression of another artist’s carefully designed, curated and edited impression of themselves.
And then… We stopped. We had finished our project, and accepted the changing world of 2020 and our place in it.
It’s not quite finished yet, both the year of 2020 and our art swap project; @helcatgoat and I are planning to do a yearly art swap to see how we each age and our art styles change over time. I wonder how long we’ll manage to keep it going…