EDM Drawing Challenge

Studio Journals stacked on a tableThe Everyday Matters drawing challenge was first run by Artist and Author Danny Gregory. The idea is to establish a regular drawing practice by drawing from what you see  in daily life and share the result online.  No matter how mundane the drawing, it is the process of recording  the practice of observation that counts. This is not Art with a capital A but a way of seeing the world and sharing that viewpoint.

Too many years of image making using digital tools have left my hand and eye skills very rusty so I have set a personal goal of working 250 of the 328 listed sketching prompts. I don’t plan to work the list in strict order but to choose what attracts me at the moment and aim instead on developing the skill.

I figure the main goal is to draw more frequently and  the combination of  working to a prompt list and blogging the results regularly will prod me in that direction. If I draw 250 items, I think by then I will have re-established the habit and I will no longer need the challenge. That is the aim anyway.

The image is a pile of my studio journals all full but with designs and notes that relate mainly to the fiber arts as although I trained as a painter I found my way to working with fiber as medium.  Textiles is a rich area in the visual arts but lately I find myself shifting towards the simple pleasure of pencil and paper.

As I cross items off the list I will link to the drawing and if you scroll past my list you can see all drawings I have done in the challenge.

The EveryDay Matters drawing challenge 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.

You can find the challenge list on Danny Gregory’s website. I am posting a copy here because I plan to cross them off and link to the drawing as I progress.

1 – Draw a shoe
2 – Draw a desk lamp or other lamp
3 – Purses, Wallets or Bags
4 – Draw your mug or cup
5 – Draw your bed
6 – Draw your favourite well-loved object … or a childhood toy
7 – Draw a bottle, jar or tin from the kitchen
8 – Draw your watch or other piece of jewellery
9 – Draw “organised chaos” –messy desk, table stacked with books, etc.
10 – Draw your hand or hands (or someone elses if you like)
11 – Draw your glasses or sunglasses
12 – Draw what you ate for dinner
13 – Draw your telephone (land line, cell, old-fashioned?)
14 – Draw what you see in the morning when you get up
15 – Draw a tree or trees, leaves or branches
16 – Draw a favorite tool
17 – Draw a musical instrument
18 – Draw the view from a window of your house, apartment, office, etc.
19 – Draw something you’ve made
20 – Draw something “Dad”
21 – Draw something old, antique or vintage
22 – Draw a piece of clothing
23 – Draw your foot
24 – Draw a piece of fruit
25 – Draw a glass (the kind you drink from)
26 – Draw anything you like. If you want to draw a vegetable, that’s fine, too.
27 – Draw a book or anything else you want.
28 – Draw an appliance or anything else you like.
29 – Draw something architectural.
30 – Draw a chair or anything else you feel like.
31 – Draw something you collect
32 – Draw something metallic
33 – Draw an eye
34 – Draw a fall leaf
35 – Draw a bicycle or a part of one
36 – Draw out in public
37 – Draw some keys
38 – month long challenge until end of November 2005 – draw at a museum and another 2 drawings shared here
38 – Draw something related to Halloween, All Souls Day, Dia de los Muertos, All Saints, etc.
39 – Draw your toothbrush
40 – Draw something with folds
41 – Draw a landmark of your city
42 – Draw something you are thankful for
43 – Draw something china or ceramic
44 – Draw an animal – a pet, a zoo animal, a stuffed one …
45 – Draw your medicine cabinet (the inside of it)
46 – Draw something holiday themed (Hanukah, Christmas)
47 – Draw a challenge from the past year 1-46 that you didn’t try before
48 – Draw something that represents your new year’s goal or resolution
49 – Draw your refrigerator interior (and contents) or exterior
50 – Draw your home’s entryway
51 – Draw your TV and favourite show playing.
52 – Draw a dog (yours or a friends or anyone’s)
53 – Draw a mouth and journal about speaking out or holding one’s tongue …
54 – Draw someone or something you love – and journal about it.
55 – Draw a doorknob, plain or fancy
56 – Draw a self portrait
57 – Draw a picture frame and the picture in it. Write about why it’s special to you.
58 – Draw a hat, cap or other headgear. Is it sentimental? Write about it.
59 – Draw a sign or spring (or fall if you live in the southern hemisphere.)
60 – Draw an automobile or a part of one
61 – Draw a grouping of 2 or more of similar objects
62 – Draw a previous challenge in a different medium than you usually use.
63 – Go on a nature walk, pick up items, draw what you find
64 – Draw your sink – at home, work or wherever
65 – Draw your nose, a friend’s or a strangers. Or a pet’s.
66 – Draw a fire hydrant and make a journal entry about fire fighters
67 – Draw something Mom – your mother, something that reminds you of motherhood.
68 – Draw your computer
69 – Draw a beverage and write a little about it.
70 – Draw what you’re afraid of. Write about it, if you dare.
71 – Draw something representing your favorite sport.
72 – Draw somewhere new. Go somewhere new to you and draw what you find.
73 – Draw a mailbox
74 – Draw some clouds and write about them
75 – Draw the ingredients and/or process of a favorite recipe – and journal about it.
76 – Draw some flowers
77 – Draw something cold or cool. Chill, people.
78 – Draw a souvenir of a place you’ve been.
79 – Draw an ear, or two or three or more
80 – Draw something that makes you happy, and write about it, too.
81 – Draw a streetlight
82 – Draw your art space – drawing board, desk, studio, table – draw where you create.
83 – Draw a nearby body of water – ocean, lake, pond, river
84 – Draw some bread and write about it if you like.
85 – Draw a store in your neighbourhood.
86 – Draw a traffic sign (stop, yield, crossing, directional, arrows, etc.)
87 – Draw your lunch and journal about it.
88 – Draw something breezy – something that blows in the wind – a flag, leaves
89 – Draw a button or buttons
90 – Draw something with wings
91 – Draw an apple
92 – Draw a brown paper bag
93 – Draw an egg carton, with or without eggs in it.
94 – Draw a spoon and journal a little about it
95 – Draw a holiday card
96 – Draw something sweet
97 – Draw a present you have received.
98 – Free choice. Draw anything you like. We’re all busy before the holidays.
99 – Draw something that represents a new years resolution of yours
100 – Draw or paint a landscape
101 – Draw a bar of soap
102 – Draw a power plug
103 – Draw some exercise equipment – what you use to stay fit.
104 – Draw some salt and pepper shakers
105 – Draw some scissors
106 – Draw something tart or sour
107 – Draw how you get your news – at a newsstand, vending box or on your porch
108 – Draw a light bulb
109 – Draw a clock you have around your house
110 – Draw something with a flame or flames
111 – Draw a bowl
112 – Draw something fresh
113 – Draw or paint a fence
114 – Draw something ugly you love and keep for sentimental reasons.
115 – Draw a shopping cart or basket
116 – Draw something green
117 – Draw something round
118 – Draw some hair
119 – Draw some rocks
120 – Draw a flashlight
121 – Draw a coin or some coins
122 – Draw something where shade is a prominent part of the subject
123 – Draw a bell
124 – Draw something yellow
125 – Draw a bird
126 – Draw a sponge
127 – Draw a skyscape
128 – Draw a view through a doorway from one interior room to another.
129 – Draw people doing something.
130 – Draw some school supplies.
131 – Draw a spray bottle
132 – Draw a chain
133 – Draw a peach
134 – Draw a familiar person place or thing, but from an unusual angle
135 – Draw a salad
136 – Draw or paint something that’s alive – a living thing – animal or plant
137 – Draw something you can turn on or off
138 – Draw something soft
139 – Draw something with a handle
140 – Draw an envelope
141 – Draw something with bristles
142 – Draw something hot
143 – Draw an herb or spice
144 – Draw something square
145 – Draw (or paint) a tree in autumn
146 – Draw a favorite food
147 – Draw or paint something made of wood
148 – Draw or paint something soothing
149 – Draw a broom
150 – Draw a candle
151 – Free choice
152 – Draw a nut
153 – Draw something in a plastic wrapper
154 – Draw or paint a lemon
155 – Draw something with a step or steps
156 – Draw a sandwich
157 – Draw a towel
158 – Draw a kernel of popped popcorn
159 – Draw a favourite cooking tool
160 – Draw a trophy or award
161 – Draw something you think smells wonderful
162 – Draw your breakfast
163 – Draw a deck of cards
164 – Draw a camera
165 – Draw the front of your house, apartment bldg, condo, dorm etc.
166 – Draw a fish
167 – Draw something that needs fixing
168 – Draw your daily newspaper
169 – Draw a piece of cake
170 – Draw a zipper
171 – Draw some ice cream
172 – Draw something that sparkles
173 – Draw something from memory
174 – Draw a bridge
175 – Draw a basket and what it holds
176 – Draw something summer
177 – Draw a flag
178 – Draw something red
179 – Draw an onion
180 – Draw something in your favourite colour
181 – Draw a trash or garbage can
182 – Draw a truck.
183 – Draw something dangerous
184 – Draw a park bench or other outside bench
185 – Draw a cat
186 – Draw something you’ve always wanted
187 – Draw a fan
188 – Draw a peanut in the shell or out
189 – Draw a shaver or razor
190 – Draw your palette or selection of colours
191 – Draw some paper money
192 – Draw something that floats
193 – Draw a closeup part of something
194 – Draw a baked potato
195 – Draw a fork
196 – Draw a rope
197 – Draw a remote control
198 – Draw some noodles
199 –Draw a toe
200 – Draw something lucky
201 – Draw a stapler
202 – Draw a cookie
203 – Draw a glass of juice
204 – Draw something frosty
205 – Draw a soda can
206 – Draw something familiar to you that you know is called something else in another region. (Example: soda is also called pop)
207 – Draw something that has a shell, or draw a seashell
208 – Something out of place
209 – Draw a shadow
210 – Draw some underwear
211 – Draw or paint an everyday object “in the style of” an old master or notable painter you admire.
212 – Draw something with a mirror image
213 – Draw a microwave oven
214 – Draw something representing a favourite hobby
215 – Draw your thumb
216 – Draw your inner critic
217 – Draw an umbrella
218 – Draw a knife
219 – Draw a window
220 – Draw the moon
221 – Draw a hand held game
222 – Draw your favourite drawing tool
223 – Draw your favourite sound
224 – Draw a jug or pitcher
225 – Draw something sticky
226 – Draw a screw
227 – Draw a tote bag
228 – Draw something that makes you laugh
229 – Draw a summer joy
230 – Draw a map
231 – Draw your junk drawer
232 – Draw the last thing you bought
233 – Draw your favourite drink
234 – Draw something that belongs to someone else
235 – Draw a butterfly
236 – Draw the palm of your left hand
237 – Draw what’s under your bed or the view from under your bed
238 – Draw something from a first aid kit
239 – Draw something that has scared you
240 – Draw a pencil, your favourite if you like
241 – Draw what you see from your kitchen window
242 – Draw a figurine or tzatchke you have
243 – Draw a pillow
244 – Draw the oldest thing in your refrigerator
245 – Draw something October
246 – Draw some gloves
247 – Draw something creepy
248 – Draw a lock
249 – Draw a coffeepot
250 – Draw something you got for free
251 – Draw perfume or a scented product
252 – Draw a pine or fir tree
253 – Draw your socks
254 – Draw something that represents joy
255 – Draw a person near you on a train, bus or plane
256 – Draw something bubbly
257 – Draw a house plant
258 – Draw the inside of your closet
259 – Draw something from a pet’s point of view
260 – Draw a filled suitcase
261 – Draw a Winter Olympic event
262 – Draw your shower or tub
263 – Draw your favourite cleaning supply
264 – Draw your floor
265 – Draw your neighbour
266 – Draw something or someone you cherish
267 – Draw something flexible
268 – Draw something you need
269 – Draw something annoying
270 – Draw something you’d like to preserve
271 – Free choice
272 – Illustrate a line from a song.
273 – Draw a collection of tools
274 – Draw the cover of your favourite book
275 – Draw a tube of toothpaste
276 – Draw your grocery store
277 – Something that should have been invented by now
278 – Something that starts with the first letter of your name
279 – Something that starts with the last letter of your name.
280 – Something you don’t see every day
281 – Draw what keeps you warm or cool
282 – Something you’ve been putting off doing, or don’t want to do
283 – Draw something shiny
284 – Draw your downtown
285 – Draw something that loves the sun
286 – Draw a shirt
287 – Draw something colourful
288 – Draw something with spots
289 – Draw an appliance you bought or received but don’t use
290 – Draw a teapot
291 – Draw or paint an illustration for the cover of your favourite book
292 – Draw a night scene
293 – Draw something made of glass
294 – Draw something that makes you smile
295 – Draw some toast
296 – Draw something orange
297 – Draw a bottle of water
298 – Draw something strange
299 – Draw a table
300 – Draw something bright
301 – Draw something cute
302 – Draw something in motion
303 – Draw something frozen
304 – Something you can tie
305 – Draw something huge
306 – Draw a snack
307 – Draw something raw
308 – Draw something slippery
309 – Draw something with more than 2 legs
310 – Draw your junk drawer
311 – Draw something that you need two of to make a set
312 – Draw something very light
313 – Draw something you look up at from below
314 – Draw something that has a knob
315 – Draw something under water
316 – Draw a travel memory
317 – Draw your hair in the morning
318 – Draw something with numbers
319 – Draw the condiments on a diner or casual restaurant table
320 – Draw something you’ll give away
321 – Draw something forbidden
322 – Draw something related to what you do
323 – Draw something sad
324 – Draw a garden tool
325 – Draw something blue
326 – Draw something you can keep in your pocket
327 – Draw something super
328 – Draw something that has buttons

A new Violin in our house


EDM 17 Violin

Back in January I wrote how Jerry was making a new violin. when he finished it I decided to sketch it (of course). This is the first sketch of the new violin in our house. This is also a EDM challenge sketch #17 which reads Draw a musical instrument

violin during the process of sketchingThen the following day I decided to make a  page spread to celebrate that he had actually finished building it. I think it’s  sort of magic how someone can make a musical instrument.

violin collage in progressI am still working in my hand bound journal and some of the paper is smooth for writing but I wanted an interesting surface to sketch on as I wanted to capture a little more of the feel of the instrument. I tore up some old sheet music and used Gesso to glue it to the pages. I then used watercolour paints, inktense pencils, artist pitt pens, and colour pencils to draw the violin.

violin collage I thought I would share some of the process and the finished page spread. Click on the images to see larger versions.

If you want to hear it Jerry made a youtube video to share with some facebook mates. You can view and hear it below.


Draw something you can keep in your pocket

I sketched this beetle a while back and forgot to share it. If you look carefully the real beetle is sitting in the fold of my journal.

Xmas-beetlesIn Australia these beetles are called Christmas beetles because they appear in early summer. As children we loved them as they alway arrive just before Christmas. Even though they are scratchy to hold, I often kept a beetle or two in my pocket and held them in my hands hidden under my school desk, daydreaming about the summer come while the teacher droned on in the early summer heat.

Towards the end of summer and the end of summer holidays the beetles start to die. this always was very sad to me. I found this dead beetle one on my morning walk and took it home to draw. As you can see I needed a magnifier to draw it.

I sketched it using artist pitt pens, watercolour paint, and pencil on a page that I covered in clear gesso as the paper was very smooth. It is page from my hand bound journal

This is EDM drawing challenge number 326 which reads Draw something you can keep in your pocket. Here is the full EDM List

EDM sketch challenge 62

I often draw the same thing more than once because the item itself is slightly different, or I see it differently, my skill level changes, my focus changes, or I use different media on different paper. What ever the reason each sketch presents a different set of challenges which I can learn from. Today I am sharing two recent drawing of pears. One is done in the journal and one is done in my new one.

sketch of pears EDM drawing prompt 62 reads Draw a previous challenge in a different medium than you usually use.

I have sketched pears before (I love them and they are in our fruit bowl often!) These two sketches are done a couple of days apart
The first is created with coloured pencils which I blended with rubbing alcohol. It was one of the drawing exercises in one of the online classes I took. I am working my way through a number of exercises from various classes with a little more thoroughness. When doing online classes because they are not a regular thing in my life I find I either have to hurry to do the exercises or they slip and they don’t get done.

I do not use a lot of coloured pencil  but I like them because they are a dry medium. There are many times when I can not use wet media. For instance just this last Sunday I was drawing in Our National Art Gallery and they only pencil.  So I am keen to experiment with coloured pencils more.

sketch of pears in a bowlThe second sketch is done in my new journal. You can see one of the spacer cards that I have bound into the book. I have cut the edge of it with one of those paper craft punches that creates fancy deckled edges. The sketch itself is in the top right hand corner of the page because I will write on the rest of the page. For this sketch I used my Lamy pen with De Atramentis document water proof ink in it (fog grey)  watercolour paints, Derwent watercolour pencils,  Derwent Inktense pencils (almost a disaster as they were too strong for the image) and a touch of white conte pencil.

The two sketches were done days apart and I learnt much about materials from both of them. I hope you have enjoyed my little ramble and explanation of the two drawings.


EDM Challenge Drawings 58 and 167

A few more challenge sketches done last week. Both are done as part of the EDM drawing challenge.  The first is EDM # 58 Draw a hat, cap or other headgear. This is Jerry’s  hat. It is only a little bashed about. This sketch was done in a Strathmore mixed media sketchbook which is 5.5 in x 8.5 in (14 x 21.6 cm) using artist pitt pens, Derwent watercolour pencils, and watercolour paint

sketch of a hat

The second drawing is for EDM challenge 167 Draw something that need fixing. Jerry changed the spark plugs on his motor bike as one was not working. I sketched the spark plug. For this drawing I used pen and ink. I have never sketched a spark plug before – in fact I have managed to get well into my 50’s and not had to really look at one so it was an interesting exercise!

sketch of spark plugBoth sketches are very mundane but the challenge  is to use the everyday prompts in order to establish a regular drawing practice. These exercises do work as I am sketching more often. I just dont blog each page spread as I find it hard to believe people find them of interest! That said, they are here as I am crossing off each prompt off the EDM list.

Click the images to see a larger version. This is drawing prompt off the EDM challenge list . The Every Day Matters drawing challenge has a flickr group and a  Facebook page