Sketchbook Challenge Week

I haven’t had a ton of time to sketch lately, but recently joined a small group of friends for an online Facebook art challenge for the month, each of us hosting a week of challenges.  I am considering doing that here.  Mainly because it’s fun, but also encouraging and inspiring, and I would love to see other people share their work.  Let me know in the comments if you would participate and I’ll start something up.

The basics of my week of challenges were to post a quick challenge each day, as well as a week-long challenge that started on Monday and ended on Sunday.  My challenges were as follows:

Week-long:  We will be drawing either the inside of your medicine cabinet or inside your fridge. This idea was taken from Art Before Breakfast by Danny Gregory.

Monday:  I want you to create a sketch of a pair of sun glasses or eye glasses. Use two different colors of pen or fine tip marker (or colored pencil if you don’t have pen… but no erasing!). Try sketching them from at least two different points of view (looking down, at an angle, turn them over, etc). Draw them first from one angle or viewpoint, then change it up and draw them again on the same page so that they overlap your first drawing. You can add as little or as much detail as you’d like.

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Tuesday:  Sketch challenge will be to draw a crumpled piece of paper. Draw the crumpled piece of paper using whatever implement you prefer. It can be pencil pen, watercolor, pencil, whatever.

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Wednesday: Draw an object from your bathroom (or several if you’re feeling frisky) using contour line. The twist? You won’t be looking at your paper!

The definition of contour line: “Contour drawing, is an artistic technique used in the field of art in which the artist sketches the contour of a subject by drawing lines that result in a drawing that is essentially an outline; the French word contour meaning, “outline.”

I remember a high school art lesson, where we would look at an object and draw one continuous line, imagining an ant was walking along the edge of the object, your pencil following along as the ant moved (not looking at your paper!). Don’t peek until you’re done!

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Thursday:  Draw a stack of something. A stack of cups, books, bowls, plates, shoes, coins, cookies, folded laundry, etc. Uneven stacks are far more interesting to draw! Don’t worry about things being perfect. Just go with it. Try a new medium. Sketch faster, sketch slower. Use something from a child’s stash (thick marker, crayon, etc). Just have fun!

Friday:  Let’s have some fun today! Today’s challenge is entopic graphomania. Say what? (I used this link to show a video from the Creative Live blog where I got the idea)

Saturday:  Today’s challenge is to get outside! If you can, take your sketchbook outside today and draw something from nature, from your surroundings, from your point of view. If you can’t get outside because of the weather, or you know, a cast on your foot, then draw your view from a window. You don’t have to draw a scene or a landscape. Draw objects that catch your eye, or the skyline of some tall buildings, or even just part of a building, a child’s toy in the neighboring lawn, a car in the driveway, etc. Try to fill up your page with lots of little quick sketches. Challenge yourself more if you’d like by limiting yourself to one minute per sketch.

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Sunday: Catch up day 🙂

Some of the sketches I did not accomplish, because, well, life.  I would like to keep this up of course.  I would like to fill up a sketchbook for once!  I feel like ever since having the boys, I spend more time coloring and drawing with them than my own artwork.  Dedicating myself to 15 minutes a day at least is a start.  Plus, well, I deserve it.

Try a challenge or two and share with me?

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Blast from the Past

During some Spring cleaning I discovered this sketchbook from college. If my memory serves correctly, I found this book. The first few pages have the barely legible writing of someone at odds with a situation and a broken heart. I chose to flip the book over and begin sketching from the other side. Here is a sketch of a lamp with a scarf tied around it, circa 2006. I look back and wonder what happened to this artist? We are one and the same, and yet I struggle to recognize her. This drawing is nothing like my style today, which feels rushed and chaotic. I miss this version of me I think. I wonder if she is tucked away somewhere.

Self-Portrait

I am working on a self-portrait with the intent to enter a contest with Jerry’s Artarama, and of course, to improve my abability to draw faces. I always seem to have trouble making the face look like the reference. This is myself drawn in a basic pencil in my sketchbook. As you can see, I left my original mistakes present, choosing not to erase the first incorrect placements of the nose. The reference photo is of me in a low pushup hold. Fitness is my other passion.

Toys

A few minutes of uninterrupted time yielded this result: an ink drawing in my sketchbook of my sons’ toy hammer. This is done in Micron black ink, on a smooth paper roughly 9×12. I really like how this came together!

Cup of Joe

A little ink work in the new sketchbook. I’m trying to take the suggestion from an article I read in a recent issue of Artist’s Magazine. Without looking up the quote, the artist interviewed essentially said to stop looking for inspiration in other people’s artwork, but instead create your own. How many wasted minutes have we scrolled through Pinterest looking for inspiration, only to lose sight of the real goal of seeking inspiration?  She feels that when we go searching like this, we are really seeking for artwork to copy, rather than create something original.  She also said to use a variety of materials and experiment with them; stop placing so much pressure on yourself to create a perfect piece every time… Or at all. What better advice? Don’t we place too much pressure to make everything perfect, especially the first go around, because we are all so short on time. 

In this sketch I drew my morning coffee cup, and I didn’t care that you could see all the lines I used to get the curves accurate. I also used several ink options, and made notes to the left to remember which pens I used. I placed a little anecdote in the corner about my dsncing boys, who were engrossed in their Lego playing, which allowed me time to focus on my art (I didn’t even mind the few interruptions from the boys asking me to pry those tiny Lego pieces from their counterparts). Ahhh another peaceful Monday morning. Let there be many more this year!

P.S. I would like to fill the rest of the “white space” in, and may do so later in the day. 

 

Breaking in the new sketchbook

New year means a new sketchbook, right? Not that I need an excuse. Spent a little while today sketching what I saw outside my window using a Micron 08 black pen. The Micron seems to be my go to for ink. I haven’t found anything comparable in my price range. The sketchbook is a $5 steal from Five Below. It is about 9×12 with a black hard cover, spiral bound on top, and the paper is a medium weight and smooth, which works for my method of sketching in ink. My goal for 2017 is to sketch everyday, no matter how small the sketch is. Even a doodle will suffice. I would like to fill this book over the next 365 days. What is your art resolution for 2017?

Time Out

Captured one of my little ones still snoozing after a car ride home. He was successfully transfered from car to couch, and is sunken down into his coat. Done with #FaberCastell PITT pen in size B in black in my moleskin sketchbook.