My intended outcome in doing the 21-Day Drawing Challenge has come to pass. That is, it got me into a daily practice and I’m am continuing to draw each day even without the prompts from the class. I was inspired by some of the artists and websites highlighted in the extra resources at the end of the class, and I made this drawing:
If you are having trouble getting started or keeping to a daily practice of drawing, here’s a bit of advice one of the artists said: Tell yourself you’re going to throw away the drawing when it’s done. Then you don’t have to worry about it being any good. That’s how I approached this dandelion drawing. Contrary to what I told myself, I’ve decided to keep it.
Part of the 21-Day Drawing Challenge was this “doodle” on cardboard. I don’t consider this a doodle. For me, a “doodle” is not something I do on demand. But anyway, I made this drawing of Jackal Man, one of the main characters in the book I’m writing.
This illustration reminds me of an illustration of a fox I’ve seen somewhere before. I don’t recall what story it was from, but it is reminiscent of it, so if it looks familiar to you, don’t worry –it’s sort of familiar to me, too!
One of the perks to working where I work is that I have free access to lynda.com. I’ve found a lot of fun stuff on there –extras, I’d call them; things I didn’t expect to find. One of them is a 21-Day Drawing Challenge. I’m currently on Day 14.
Some challenges I enjoy, and some I… well, let’s just say I haven’t spent as much time on others. But I have to do something for each one, because –Yay!– I’m doing this with a friend.
So here are four drawings from three of the days. The first is a one-line drawing, which is something I have done often and really enjoy. The second and third drawings were what I like to draw. (That would be people I see around town or wherever.) And the third was to draw some abstract nouns; in this one the word was “anguish.”
Excuse the image quality. I took the pictures with my phone in evening light.