Walk to Mt. Doom

In an effort to take better care of myself, I started to eat less and exercise more. So far I’ve lost 15 pounds! YAY! You can really tell if you look at my ears. My ears are so svelte right now.

Anyway, my folks and I will be walking to Mt. Doom. Thanks to The Eowyn Challenge, the mileage is already mapped out! I made us little Hobbits. My mother is going to be Frodo, I’m Samwise, and my dad is Bilbo, and he’s thinking of following Bilbo to the Lonely Mountain, because he doesn’t think Mordor would be a nice place to walk to. Too many orcs and evil overlords. Something like that. How we’ll keep track is a mile walked is a mile walked and if we ride a bike then 2 miles riding =1 mile.

Bilbo, Samwise, and Frodo completed on the Procreate App

If you’d like to join us, feel free to I’m in! in the comments and post your updates along with us as we move forward!

If you’d like to follow a real life adventurer, follow my buddy Bruce‘s blog, who has been walking the Appalachian Trail since April! Bruce is AMAZING!

Drawing Hobbits, by the way, was so much fun. IF ANYONE ENDS UP MAKING A CUTE LOTR GRAPHIC NOVEL, I’M AVAILABLE! 😀

30 Day Drawing Challenge- Completed

 

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The 30 Day Drawing Challenge is complete! I AM SO HAPPY!! This has been a great experience for me, and I’m glad I got to share it with you! So many exclamation points being used!

Reflecting on the last 30 days, And thinking of some of the questions asked, I thought I take a moment to share some thoughts with you. You know I can’t resist an opportunity to organize my thoughts into a list!

  1.  Where did the prompts come from? For this challenge, I wrote the prompts. I wanted to create a challenge with words that could be interpreted different ways and that didn’t repeat past challenges.
  2. What were the benefits of this challenge? Drawing through “bad” drawing days was a definite bonus. My inner critic quieted down. I didn’t have time to indulge in critical thoughts, I had a drawing to get done! I did more reference searches, and focused on communicating the prompt. I could hear my voice again, and developed an appreciation for my style.  Another benefit was meeting new characters and finding stories that might be used later.
  3. What were some of the drawbacks to this challenge? Drawing without a day off for 30 days was intense. Some of the days, I didn’t feel well (“Messy” and “ouch!”) and just squeaked by. By the end, all I wanted was a day off, and would count down to the final day. “Only four more drawings!” “Celebration” was celebrating an accomplishment, but also the end of it.
  4. What is next? I need weekends, that time to recover and read books and weed the yard is important to me. But I loved the challenge of the prompts and sharing that with you. So I thought “I could take the 30 day challenge and just do it Monday through Friday”.  My mom suggested calling it a “9-5” challenge, which I loved. Thanks to family and friends and some “what if” moments, I have a list of prompts to take on for Monday  through Friday.  I will organize them into a tidy list for y’all in case you would like to try it out too.  I also have some story ideas and some I can’t wait to get started on and share with you. Finally, there are some unfinished drawings from this challenge I want to finish.
  5. When does all this awesomeness begin? Monday! I am taking Thursday through Sunday off. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

To see all 30 drawings, click and scroll through this gallery. The images will get nice and big. To exit the gallery, a small “x” is hiding in the upper left screen.

If you are interested in doing this 30 Day Drawing Challenge, here are the prompts! You can copy and paste this or make your own. Please tag me or link me to your challenge because I would LOVE to see your take on some of the prompts!  Happy Drawing!

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#30 Day Drawing Challenge Part 1

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The very last image is just a bonus I did one day after watching the news too much. 😀 If you’d like to follow along every day with this challenge, you can join me over on Instagram here.

This is a good point to reflect on the challenge and things I learned and stuff like that. (pauses for dramatic effect)  I like drawing. I like that this challenge keeps me from overworking my art and has been lots of fun. Also, it’s surprisingly easy to draw nose-picking.

🙂 Have a wonderful day.

30 Day Drawing Challenge Prompt List

I’ve been hearing a lot of fellow illustrators sharing that they have felt stuck and were having trouble creating new images. Change is stressful, many artists are feeling the stress of world events and political change right now. But we still need to create, and we still need to have fun.

When I first came to illustration, 30 Day challenges were everywhere. I really loved these challenges, and trying to challenge myself to think differently. Sometimes I came up with really great ideas. And then once I drew a piece of bread. Not everyday was a winner. But one didn’t need to be AWESOME each day. One just needed to draw something everyday, and get into the habit of creating, sketching, thinking outside the box.

With that in mind (and inspired by an enthusiastic artist, Sjaanvh, taking on an old challenge), I’ve created a new 30 Day Challenge. I’ve looked over past challenges, and tried to come up with some new prompts so it’s not the same thing you may have done a few years ago. I will be doing this starting Monday, and I hope you’ll join me! It’s going to be fun way to warm up, maybe get the beginnings of a great portfolio piece, and give a stressed out brain a little nudge to pick up your pencil and draw.

There are no rules in regards to medium. If you decide to do all 30 in 30 days, that’s awesome! If you end up doing it over a couple months, you know that’s cool, let this serve as a creative tool and have fun!

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#Inktober

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This is an #inktober sketch I did yesterday, and I love it because I just did it without worrying about the small stuff. It felt like it took 5 minutes, but I really didn’t time myself 🙂 It goes in my pile of “Things I want to continue working on” personal projects, which will probably be this month. This bear is my dad, if my dad were a bear.

I’ve been working on some paid assignments, so #inktober is taking a back seat to those projects. However, I still plan on sharing quick sketches as I get time, and work on my original #inktober concept to share with you some time in the near future.

Are you participating in #inktober this year? Are you following the prompts or taking a different road?

Inktober Preparations

I know it’s not for another week and a half, but Inktober is coming!

In case you are new and wondering what is Inktober, click this handy link to Jake Parker’s explanation. He’s the one who started this whole month of ink drawing!

Last year was the first year I completed Inktober. I’ve attempted a full month before, but for last year, I really wanted to get each day completed drawing different children. Here’s a handy link if you want to see last year’s work.

This year, I am thinking ahead about what I would like to accomplish with this month. Do I want to focus on a topic like last year? Do I want to tell a story? Do I want to tell MANY stories? How much time do I want to spend on Inktober? Is it going to interfere with my work? Do I need to buy new tools or do I just want an excuse to go shopping? Lots of questions. Lots of decisions to make.

Are you participating in Inktober this year? Do you have a plan or are you going to to wing it?  Do you have favorite tools?

#Inktober 2015 is complete!!

Inktober is over! I really enjoyed drawing with pens and markers this month. When you can’t hit ctrl z, you really have to think about where the lines are going.  Even though you can’t delete your ink lines, I didn’t feel like I needed to erase as much because I was just focused on drawing. I spend less time clicking and looking for the right keys or rebooting because the stylus is lagging. Traditional tools, it’s just place pen on paper, and BEND IT TO MY WILL.  Sorta 🙂

One of the biggest lessons I learned this month about art is to appreciate where I am today in this journey.  Having goals and moving forward is really important, but also just stopping, looking around and saying “Wow, this is a nice place too!”  I know that as an artist, there’s always going to be a part of me that thinks “I can do better”, even when I’m 90 years old. Also when I’m 90 years old, I’m going to eat cake every day. But that’s a different sort of goal 🙂 Appreciating the now makes the journey seem less like trudging forward through snow and more like a scenic roadtrip across the country. The final spot isn’t really the point as much as seeing all the weird sights along the way.

Next stop: Our regional conference next weekend. I’ll be preparing myself for that, and also working on the family christmas card, which you know I can’t show you until December so I’m SO MEAN for even bringing it up. But I’ll share with you some sneak peeks, okay?

Here are all the Inktober drawings, including the ones I haven’t shared yet from this week

Inktober Day 22-27

Oh my goodness! Can you believe it’s Wednesday already? Can you believe it’s the 28th of October already? Time is flying by this month!! I keep thinking it’s Tuesday.

This Sunday, I’ll share a final #Inktober post in a gallery format with all the drawings in one place along with final reflections about the experience, and plans for the future

Day 22: I loved this girl’s expression. I think I captured her joy, but the reference photo was even cuter. Filed under “Try, try again.”

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Day 23: I LOVE this girl’s ears. This wasn’t a study, but just something I drew from my head. Simple, but direct.

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Day 24: Halloween Witches are out! I liked this girl. I noticed this week I got a bit iffy with the feet, so that’s something I’m going to pay closer attention to in the future.

Inktober Day 24

Day 25: Medusa takes a dance class. I LOVE Medusa. I have such a soft spot for her, and loved the idea of her taking a dance class and not having it work out so well.

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Day 26 Mom and I met this girl in line at a store, and she was SO friendly, charming and I wish I had all my pens with me. She had on ALL the colors and I think the world is a brighter place with her in it. 🙂

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Day 27- My favorite baby. I often draw this little baby or a version of him when I’m feeling a little stressed out. Something about the roundness of him, and all his little shapes and well. I love drawing him!

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That’s it for this week! Today through Saturday I’ll post daily updates on Instagram, and then Sunday you’ll see all the drawings. 🙂 Thank you for being here!

#Inktober Day 15-21

Here are all the #inktober drawings from this week:

Day 15: I loved drawing this one! I have naturally straight/wavy hair, so I love drawing curly hair! This was a great opportunity to practice drawing a face in full profile too, something that often leads to my ripping the paper from vigorous erasing.

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Day 16: I had a terrific migraine this day. I drew this quickly after the Excedrin had kicked in, posted it and then retreated back into a dim room and rested. Migraines are the pits!

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Bonus Inktober: I drew this the next day. My head still ached, but the migraine had passed 🙂 There was much (quiet) celebrating!

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Day 17: Decorating Cookies. I don’t know about you, but half the fun of decorating cookies as a kid was trying to eat most of the ingredients. And of course eating the cookies that broke in the oven. “Oh nooo, we can’t give these to company!” Mom would say “I guess we’ll just have to eat them!” Best Mom ever. I “break” cookies coming out of the oven as an adult now. “Oh noooo” 😀

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Day 18: This is my friend’s son Wyatt. I really enjoyed sketching him because he looks SO MUCH like my friend. Plus, how cute is his bowtie?

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Day 19: This was the only one I forgot to label! Remember what it was like to draw with your face RIGHT UP near the drawing? As a kid, you have to get as close as possible to the paper so the image in your head has a better chance of showing up on the paper. Plus you could smell the crayons on paper and that’s a wonderful smell, right?

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Day 20: I was really happy with how this turned out. Its’ not perfect, but I feel like I am getting the hang of blending colors better with the copics. Plus, I just like the way he’s looking at someone off the page.

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Day 21: Bubbles in the Wind. I had a lot of fun with this one. There are some proportion issues (I’m looking at you arm!) but I loved drawing bubbles, wind blown hair and getting the expression for blowing bubbles.

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That is it for this week! 😀 Thanks for stopping by and checking out my work! See you again next week 😀