Sometimes a project gets put on hold until I level up enough as an artist to take it back out and complete it. Usually this happens when I’m stuck in my head, and I start to draw the life out of everything.
And when it’s time to bring it out, I feel determined. I’m RESOLVED to draw the thing. But I’m also intimidated. I remember how frustrating it was, and I find myself stalling. “oh, I was going to work on that, but I decided to cook bacon! Uh.. I needed to fold towels! I have to run an errand! Oh does that need cleaning AGAIN? Just a few more chapters in this book, and I’ll get right to it.”
Procrastination is sneaky.
Before I know it, I’m completely stressed out because I’m not taking charge and I really WANT TO FINISH THIS, but now it’s a BILLION TIMES HARDER because it has grown teeth while I ignored it and keeps making threatening chomping noises.
Enter the drawing studies and the silly sketches. Above is a study of child. I’ve been leaning a lot towards drawing toddlers lately, and I wanted to get familiar again with bigger kids! Kids who run and play, hug their toys, get embarrassed, and grin when they figure out tying their shoes when 5 minutes ago IT WAS SO HARD AND THEY WERE NEVER GOING TO GET IT RIGHT.
*lightbulb flashes above my head*
Huh! I guess some things don’t change. Next time I want to shout “It’s TOO HARD I CAN’T DO IT! I’ll remember I learned to tie my shoes and just get to work instead of being a peeved pickle like below. 😀
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I did the piece shown above last fall. I fell in love with the concept, and promised myself one day I would finish it. So after my St. Patrick’s Day post, I met with my critique group, got some good feedback, and went work. The piece below is the finished product. I sketched and painted it in Photoshop CS.5
This is an audition piece I did over a few days, and it was a lot of fun to work on. This goes into the pile of things I might tweak later when I have free time, but overall, there’s a lot I love about this one.
Two posts in one day! I wanted to share with you some new art I did this week!
I decided to start taking some of my #inktober sketches from last month, and finish them. I sketched these using Copic and Micron ink pens and Copic Markers for the color. I completed the images using Photoshop CS5. I hope you enjoy them!!
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
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.”
Day 23: I LOVE this girl’s ears. This wasn’t a study, but just something I drew from my head. Simple, but direct.
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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!
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!