Beeple creates a still render, using Cinema 4D, every single day. He’s created more than 2,500 consecutive pictures since this article published. Beeple calls this never-ending project – Everyday.
You create a new project every day. Why?
I think it’s something that can be applied to just about any different field. You can say you want to work on a novel or something. It’s a lot easier if you work on it a set amount. Write one page a day.
I think with the right rules, it’s something you can be very successful at and it can be a great tool to improve skills and help you get better.
Do you enjoy it?
It’s definitely fucking torture most days. At the end of the day, you feel better and you can say, ‘I’ve learned something.’ It gives you different jumping off points because you have so little invested. You have a couple of hours to create something and you can ask yourself, ‘Do I like this look? Is it something I want to pursue further?’
It helps give me a lot of little sketches of an idea.
Your Everydays are pretty spectacular.
It’s not meant to be a finished picture . Sometimes I say, ‘This could be made into something more.’ Then most of the time it’s just junk. I feel like you gotta get these bad ideas out before you get to the good ones.
How long do you work on the Everyday images?
On average, a couple of hours a day…. a half-hour, if I’m tired as hell.
Take a look at the making of one of Beeple's Everyday. Warning: Your head may explode.
Is there is a good idea in all of the Everydays?
If you go back and look at my Everydays for the last year, you’ll see tiny pieces from Transparent Machines™. I built that piece, start to finish, with the mindset that this will be part of a bigger project.
Always make sure you’re working on a bigger project.
So, are we seeing small pieces of your future films?
Right now, some pieces of the Everydays will eventually be part of this short film I’m working on. It’s a way of building on assets incrementally. Instead of being like, ‘Fuck, I gotta build xyz… It’s going to take forever.’ You just do a little a day and have that be part of your Everydays.