For Catholics, the season of Lent is a time of preparation for Easter, the resurrection of Jesus. Many practicing Catholics (myself included) often abstain from something that does not bring us closer to God and/or do some action of some sort to bring them closer to God. The reason for this project was two-fold.
A few months ago, I was having a conversation with a friend about how my faith life was feeling a bit stagnant. I was drifting. He responded by saying a lot of the things I was doing, and the way I was feeling was caused by a lack of focus on God. As a result, many times when I feel distracted in prayer or other aspects of my faith, I tell myself this one word... Focus.
This also reminded me of a lesson one my college professors dished out one day. The work that we produce, the art that we create, becomes mediocre or not satisfactory when we have a habit of going on auto-pilot. And in many ways, I think that carries over to life itself. I had (and still have) tendencies to go on auto-pilot, where I just chug along without giving much thought or purpose to what I'm doing. But if I focus, the end result becomes a greater outcome than the direction it was originally going in.
Allowing to challenge myself with those forty days, and forty different styles of lettering helped marry two aspects of my life, and also brought about many lessons along the way. Daily drawing is always a difficult challenge for me. And I haven't been able to draw daily consistently since college. But it is always something I strive to do as much as possible. These projects help expand my repertoire of skills, and I hope to continually grow in these aspects of faith, design, and illustration.