The beginning of something new… #100daysofart #fillmyworldwithcolor #arteveryday
The beginning of something new… #100daysofart #fillmyworldwithcolor #arteveryday
Sometimes the presence of a blank page can be daunting as hell. Breaking it up into small “thumbnail” squares somehow makes the task more approachable. It’s also fun to catch just a snippet of what you see inside a little box. It’s quick, it’s satisfying, and it doesn’t need to be perfect. You can cover a lot of ground, fill a lot of squares with a variety of perspectives. Sketch in a square while waiting at the doctor’s, while on hold on the phone, while the dinner cooks. There’s no excuse not to fit in a little drawing a day.
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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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.
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.
Here is an older painting done in oils on canvas board. It’s 4×6, and was done last year in 2015. It’s been staring at me as a constant reminder of my tug of war with painting. Most days I consider myself a horrible painter, and then when I finally paint, I’m reminded that I’m not really all that bad. Enjoy this little treasure that I look at everyday.
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.
This is a sketch called Crusher, done with a basic #2 pencil in my moleskin sketchbook, of one of my boys’ favorite toys. There are obvious flaws, but I just went with it since I had a rare amount of time where my boys were entertained and busy and weren’t interrupting me for this and that. Actually the part I love the most is the foremost wheel on the right side. I’m not sure why. I’ve always enjoyed circular forms, and explored them quite a bit in my undergraduate art program.
I started this with a prompt from a book I picked up from the library, titled The Sketchbook Challenge by Sue Bleiweiss. I sort of intended on picking up books here and there and experimenting with them, starting a thread on my blog reviewing the book. The first prompt was to draw circles, or look for circles around you for inspiration. Can you find the circles in this sketch? The book itself I feel is less for the schooled artist, and more for those who enjoy it as a hobby and form of craft over fine art. That’s just my thoughts so far. I will attempt a few more prompts from the book before divulging a formal review.
Sorry for the belatedness in posting. I’m going to blame it all on the holidays. Here’s a small sketch of a my office drawer open a few inches. I don’t feel that it’s finished just yet, but haven’t has a moment to revisit. It was impromptu using a pocket sketchbook I keep in my handbag, along with a Micron black pen. Happy 2016!
Okay so the pun is overused, BUT, I have been trying to finish this tiny little drawing for months, and still have not finished it. This is drawn using a basic Ticonderoga pencil in my moleskin sketchbook (it’s about 5×7-ish). This actually is a large carriage bolt, not a screw, but I just couldn’t resist the title. I am attempting to render it in a realistic fashion, if I ever get the time and patience (and focus) to do so.