Case Study – Warren Ohio 100 Project

Purpose: to develop my painting skills with an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the Procreate app.

The consequence was I was paid to do it. Here’s how it happened.

The 100 Day project kicked off, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. According to Elle Luna, the founding organizer, the 100 day project is “a celebration of process that encourages everyone to participate in 100 days of making…it’s not about fetishizing finished products—it’s about the process.”

My theme for the 2016 100 Day project was prompted by a friend who was sharing his photos of buildings. I decided to illustrate buildings, dwellings, and objects from my hometown of Warren, OH. Armed with an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, the ProCreate app and the internet I would ‘visit’ Warren.

I participated in the inaugural 100 Day project in 2015. I hand lettered approximately 150 names of family and friends which I offered to all the people whose names I lettered. During the process I discovered that I like to make unconventional letters.

I would illustrate familiar and unfamiliar places to learn the process of painting.

Through Instagram I posted and shared my first building with family, friends, and arts and non-profit organizations in Warren. I asked for subjects to paint. After I posted the third piece I was contacted by a local non-profit organization who wanted to know about the project. In late summer I was invited to exhibit in a group show. As that show was underway I was asked if I was interested in a solo gallery exhibit.

Promotional Postcard
Promotional postcard sent to approximately 500 members of the Trumbull Art Gallery, Warren, Ohio.

As of this post I painted 54 subjects. The illustrations are appreciated for memories the subjects elicit.

 

I opened an online shop and discovered an untapped market. The residents of Warren are proud of the city’s history and legacy. Consider what came from Warren, Ohio – Halsey Taylor Drinking Fountains, Packard Motor CarsNational American Woman Suffrage Associationfirst city in the nation with all electric street lights, and Clarence A. Crane, inventor of LifeSavers candy.

I continue to sell art prints and consumer products of the subjects I paint.

Update: The day I landed in Ohio the local newspaper contacted me for an interview. Here’s the link to the story the Tribune Chronicle, Warren, OH. The opening was fun! I reconnected with friends and family and met admirers.

http://www.tribtoday.com/news/local-news/2016/11/artist-city-native-savakis-explores-local-landmarks/

Thank you, Warren, Trumbull Art Gallery, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and Bill Mullane!