Every Day Matters Drawing Challenge

Every Day Matters Challenge  1 The Everyday Matters drawing challenge was first run by Artist and Author Danny Gregory.

Too many years of image making using digital tools have left my hand and eye skills very rusty so I decided to embark upon the Every Day Matters Drawing challenge. I plan to draw at least 250 of the prompts which I have listed on the EDM drawing challenge page. I plan to strike through each item as I draw it. I dont plan to work the list in order, but to choose what attracts me at the moment and aim to draw as frequently as possible.

The group has a yahoo group, a flickr group and Facebook page. Unfortunately the EDM Superblog stopped in 2010 but there are still lots of interesting stuff in the archives.

Anyway here is the first prompt off the list #1 Draw a shoe.


Sharing Few Journal Page Spreads

journals on the tableI thought today I would share a few Journal page spreads. When I first open up a new sketchbook  I often do these small mixed media collage pieces. Although I love the fresh new paper and the anticipation of a new sketchbook it always feel just a little bit alien as I have yet to use it. As I use a book, as it acquires a history it becomes a  comfortable space to experiment in. Usually until I am part the way into  a sketchbook I don’t really feel at ease with it. So  most of these pages are an attempt to personalise something that feels to new.

My notebooks are a mix of sketchbooks purchased at art supply stores, usually hard bound. Other notebooks I have put together myself a mix of papers and had them spiral wire bound at the local print shop. Some I have hand bound myself. Other sketchbooks are Moleskines but I stopped using them after I felt the quality dropped a few years ago when they started to bind them in China.

I use both A4 and A5 sized sketchbooks depending upon my mood. I also write in them a as you would a regular journal but instead of looking inwards which I find a bit boring, I like to treat my journal more like a note book and record such things as what I encounter in my day, news of the day, books I read, wildlife seen on my morning walk, developments in technology etc . Recently after many years using digital media to create imagery I have returned to simple pencil and paper. I am currently trying to get past being very rusty with my drawing skills.