5 days art challenge day 2

As I mentioned yesterday I am doing the Facebook  5 days art challenge meme. I plan to post 3 sketches a day for 5 days running. I’ve been nominated by Jules Woolford of Needle and Pen

drawing of bokchoy
As you can see today is market day! Last week I was asked what a bok choy was. This is it – it is a member of celery family I think but a bit like a spinach as well . You can use it in stir fry type meals.

drawing of capsicumThe next drawing is another failed attempt at  Sketchbook Skool bootcamp drawing exercise which is to build up colour using coloured pencils. Well I tossed them pretty quickly into this and used watercolour, then deepened the colour with pencils – so technically I still have not cracked this but I am not sure I want to. I am interested in speeding up the process of drawing and getting looser not slowing down and tightening up. Anyway no matter as it fits with the prompt #178 on  the EDM challenge list  which reads: Draw something red.

drawing of of something round This drawing topic is also #117 on  the EDM challenge list  which reads: Draw something round.  The Every Day Matters group also has a  Facebook page where people share what they have done.

All of these were done in a a Mixed media Strathmore sketchbook with watercolours, pitt pens and in the case of the capsicums some coloured pencils.


5 days art challenge day 1

As I mentioned yesterday I am starting the 5 days art challenge today. The idea is post 3 sketches a day for 5 days running. You can if you wish post old sketches but I have decided that since this has turned into overload January I may as well attempt to post 3 new sketches. I may have to post older stuff but I am going to give it a try and in the mean while catch up on some of the other drawing challenges I have taken on too.

I’ve been nominated for the 5 days Art Challenge by Jules Woolford of Needle and Pen

drawing of grapesThe first drawing where someone is stealing my grapes is another  Sketchbook Skool bootcamp drawing exercise. It is from week 1 so I hang my head in shame as I post this one. This drawing topic is also #24 on  the EDM challenge list  which reads: Draw some fruit.

Sketches 2 and 3 are related as they are of the same thing but in different media. They are some wild summer grass. Yes, she nods to self, I am quite sane, just because I went for a walk and picked some weeds does not mean I have lost my mind.

drawing of summer grassAnyway week 3 of the bootcamp exercises is about using coloured pencils and building up colour. I find the process agonisingly slow and to be honest I think I need to do this exercise again on something that has blocks of colour rather than my weeds.

drawing of wild grassI decided I was much more of a watercolour person so tried the weeds again in watercolour – and I think you can see I enjoyed peering at them closely and seeing what colours I could see in the seed heads.

These two drawing also fits the  AJW Sketchbook challenge run by Palma of A Creative Journey  who proposes a daily prompt throughout January which is shared in the Artist Journal Workshop Facebook group The prompt for day 15 is: found objects from a nature walk.

This drawing is also #63 on  the EDM challenge list  which reads: Go on a nature walk pick items and draw what you can find. The Every Day Matters group also has a  Facebook page where people share what they have done.


Drawing money!

drawing of paper money I knew this would be a challenge to draw. It is part of the Sketchbook Skool bootcamp (yes they misspell the name of the name of School) drawing exercises. The task was to crumple a note and draw it but Australian notes are made of plastic and dont stay crumpled!  It is actually week 2 of the course but I decided to get it done as I knew this would take an age to draw. Now why is this an issue?

Well …. she shuffles in an embarrassed manner …as of tomorrow… I am doing the 5 day art challenge. This is a challenge to post 3 drawings for 5 days in a row. Now the drawings don’t have to done on the day… but I am going to attempt to do at least some on the day. For this challenge I was nominated by Jules Woolford of Needle and Pen

What is with all these challenges you ask?

There is a method to my madness. I decided that for the month of January that I would take on too many challenges. Simply put, I deliberately decided to go on overload to see if the pressure could help me establish a habit. I am a great one for not starting something until everything is nicely organised and ready. You know the routine,  materials at hand, house clean, work area tidy, family warned and time allocated. I decided that this year if I hang on to this all ducks in a row approach I would not achieve my goal of sketching daily, from life.

So, I decided that for the month of January (the summer holiday month in Australia) to accept the chaos and take on what ever challenges were offered, I decided to go on overload and see what happens. I will not achieve all the challenges,  but that is not the point. The point is to use them to establish a daily habit of drawing. I am half way through the month and I can already see benefits. The pressure has given me a boot, to get on with it, stop getting side tracked or thinking about it and simply do it.  I will write more about about the experience at the end of the month but I would love to hear if readers have ever done  a similar thing ie go on overload in order to achieve a goal.

For this drawing I used watercolour paints, Derwent watercolour pencils, Derwent Inktense pencils, and Faber Castell artist pitt pens in a Strathmore mixed media journal. As usual click on the image to see a larger version.

One thing I am finding is that many of these challenges cross over. This drawing exercise is also for The AJW Sketchbook challenge run by Palma of A Creative Journey  who proposes a daily prompt throughout January which is shared in the Artist Journal Workshop Facebook group The prompt for day 9 is : coins and / or bank notes.

This drawing is also #191 on  the EDM challenge list  which reads: Draw some paper money. The Every Day Matters group also has a  Facebook page where people share what they have done.


Liz Steel’s Sketching Now Class exercise – a garment

drawing of a jacketI knew when I chose this garment it would be a challenge. It is an asymmetrical garment with many sections cut on the cross, which means it hangs badly on the hanger, but looks good when worn. Also with each piece is cut of a different fabric, so it has different sleeves but the whole garment is in shades of black or very dark grey. Some pieces have a stripe. I was hesitant at first as I knew representing this jacket would take concentration and focus. I added a few  the disk and square paper shapes as a little collaged element on the page. I am itching to experiment a bit more with page spreads and layout but feel I want to establish the drawing habit first before heading off on to various tangents.

I am currently doing Liz Steels class Sketching Now. The course is very good, dealing with a key concept each week. This is my homework for the week. I am trying to clear the decks a bit, as I have taken on a challenge that starts Friday. I am likely to fall flat on my face with this one – it’s a case of biting off more than I can chew and chewing like mad!  I will write about it on Friday but for the moment I  am racing around freeing up as much time as I can as I think I will need it!

This drawing is also #22 on  the EDM challenge list  which reads: Draw a piece of clothing. The Every Day Matters group also has a  Facebook page where people share what they have done.