February is over! I admit I am breathing a sigh of relief, because trying to figure out WHAT to draw every day while still trying to challenge yourself with things you haven't drawn before for 28 days straight is tough! Don't believe me? Try it next year with me when I do it all again. I'm just glad I chose the shortest month of the year!
This challenge was a great success for me. I have at least 3 projects that I will be developing more as a direct result of these sketches. My favorite, by far, is the crowd of animals that showed up at days 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 14! They feel like ME, they were a lot of fun and I kept wanting to draw more! There were 43 of those animals in total, so with that evolving sketch alone, I exceeded 28 faces in 28 days. I don't feel bad that some days the faces were very quick, or more graphic than drawn, or kinda sloppy. I think that adds to the project, since it's supposed to take you out of your comfort zone anyway.
If I have to pick a fave that is NOT the menagerie of animals, I think it's the knitting squirrel on day 16. He's cool.
Started drawing a pirate saying "argh!" but ended up with this guy. Think my favorite part is his hair
Betcha thought I forgot to do one today. ;) the giraffe needed a friend.
Today's face is the one on the left, and I drew the right face over the weekend because our waitress had interesting features. Unfortunately, the eyes on both are a little wonky and no matter how I try to fix it, it just seems to get worse. Practicing hair as well, but I need to figure out a few more hairstyles.
I drew this little guy in my sketchbook on our way to visit friends over the weekend. I think I want to make a finished piece out of him, with a few tweaks. Maybe a few more details here and there...
We went to San Pedro Port of Call and Crafted for the 37th Sketchcrawl. It was a beautiful day and we had a good turnout as we sketched ships and seaside buildings and other points of interest.
It's been a while since I've had an illustration friday post! It feels good to stretch the creative muscles in a relaxed, deadline-free way! I worked on this one while traveling, trying to make most of my "down time." I may have to take this piece to a final colored sample at some time, but i'm pretty happy with the characters as-is, and the boots the only pop of color.
An exciting package came in the mail today! A blank sketchbook so I can participate in the Sketchbook Project 2013. I've been wanting to do this for a couple of years and I dared my cousin (and possibly my roommate) to participate with me. The sketchbook is not very big but that is probably for the best. Enough to fill up random moments, but not too much to distract me from larger projects (of which i'm working on 3 right now!)
I'm not completely sure how I want to fill this sketchbook. There will be hand lettering, because I can't NOT do that these days. Most likely there will be one or two cute characters....but I shouldn't use this for brainstorming active projects I'm working on. Maybe I will use this as a good excuse to get back to something I haven't done in a while: urban sketching. Some of my favorite sketches I remember are random portions of urban scenery: a light post and signage, an archway and sign for a restaurant, etc. I'm not doing much of that right now, but I miss it.
No matter what I do, this will give me a good reason to blog more frequently in the coming months. It's been nearly a month, with nary a word from me. I must fix that.
A last minute illustation friday post, even though I actually got the drawing done over the weekend. I've had a busy couple of weeks, so I just wanted to keep it loose and simple with some lettering.
Just a quick entry this week, since I'm in the middle of finishing up my contest entry for They Draw and Cook's Kraft illustrated recipe contest. Luckily I had this groovy guy hanging out in my sketchbook, ready to stop and smell the flowers on the first day of spring!
I got gouache paints this past week because I made the determination that I need to learn to work with both color/value and work in areas larger than the tip of a colored pencil. So i'm going to start doing lots of little painting studies whenever I get the opportunity.