I decided to choose a fun subject matter tonight. #toys #the100dayproject #inkart
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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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.
I finally found ten minutes of (relatively) uninterrupted time to lounge in the shade and sketch some summer fun. Here I drew my one son with his water squirter. He’s standing in the former turtle sandbox made water hole, placed beneath our slide. As you can imagine, the slide and splash action was quite fun.
I used a Micron black ink pen in size 03 with Faber-Castell PITT artist pens (their landscape series) in my moleskin sketchbook.
Later, I’ve been a little distracted. My art, yet again, has taken a back seat on this wonderfully unpredictable trip we call life. I don’t often expose my “other” life on my blog, but decided to share with you the reason I am otherwise detained from the creation of art. My twin boys.
Ah motherhood. A full time gig with unusual rewards and very few thank yous. My little men are 4 years old this year, and eager to be even more hands on than usual. The are at reach other’s throats one minute, and inseparable the next. Now that the weather is nice, we are outside constantly soaking up the rays and the dirt.
In January we made out 2016 Bucket List of things we wanted to do and experience this year. As you can imagine, the list is long, and still growing. I too made a list of my own (admittedly most are solo activities), because life is too short to not experience… Well, life. So, this blog might be on a hiatus, or I might be posting quick sketches and doodles. Who knows. I will be back though, when time allows for new artwork. Maybe on a rainy day. 😉
I might have been the only mother in the world who just wanted a couple of hours alone on Mother’s Day. My husband took my boys to the playground for an hour or so, and I miraculously created this tiny painting. There’s a Member’s show coming up, and I desperately wanted something new to enter into it.
So here is Cat Nap, acrylics on Masonite, 4.5″ x 4.5″. I have to finish up the edges, and maybe fix the ear that bugs me, but only if time allows. I will say, an hour alone with the radio and some paints certainly fixed my mood!
Today I took about 20-30 minutes of completely interrupted time to draw this binder clip. I think that I was stopped every 2 minutes. I’m quite fond of the results actually! This was done in my moleskin sketchbook with a 02 Micron black pen.
I used Sue Bleiweiss’ The Sketchbook Challenge to prompt this drawing. She has a chapter devoted to drawing the inanimate object, or tools we use daily, as inspiration for sketching. In fact this particular chapter is what grabbed my attention when I saw this book at the library. I will most likely use another chapter from her book as inspiration in my next drawing. Current rating of the book: B, best for mixed media artists looking for creative daily inspiration. More for the “crafty artist” than a traditional fine artist.