Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 3


One of the main reasons why I do this challenge is to prove to myself that I can make my art a priority, even on the craziest days. And today…I would have not done my art if it hadn’t been for this challenge!

My day consisted of making sure the boys were on the bus either at 7:20 or 8:20, my daughter and I were out of here by 8:30 for her orthodontist appointment, then back to school for her at 10:30. I went home, made up grocery lists, went shopping and was back at 12. I put away most of the groceries, grabbed lunch, and then finally sat down to draw. A few minutes to 3 I went to school for Bible Club, got home at 5, drew until dinner at 5:30, then finished the drawing shortly after 6.

Again, whew.

But he is done!

Bird full (1)

Title: Chickadee

Size: 5×7

Medium: Graphite pencil on acid free paper

Inspiration/nominated by: My mother-in-law, Mary! She suggested it on Facebook when I was looking for ideas 🙂

Favorite parts: His fluffy belly, his eye, the branch. I’m really happy with how all of the drawing turned out!

Bird face (1)

Challenges: The feathers. Most of this could have been resolved with my favorite eraser pencil, but I was able to make it work with what I had.

Bird feet (1)

Fun facts: The chickadee was not the original drawing for today, but because many people thought yesterday’s drawing was of a cat’s butt (and rightly so!), I wanted to goof off a bit too and use a bird’s butt as the preview on social media. Juvenille, probably, but on crazy days like today, I had to do something to make it fun for me too 😉

Bird butt (1)

Also, I have painted a chickadee before! And actually, I think I’d rather draw them with the exception of the feathers! It’s so much easier to go over and really tweak them with various sizes of paint brushes than it is pencils and erasers! The rest of it was much easier with a pencil.

Product availability: This drawing is available for purchase in my Etsy store here, and prints will be available soon as well. Maybe I’ll do note cards as well!


If you had to choose, would you prefer to paint or draw, and why?

2 thoughts on “Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 3

  1. Draw!!! All the way! 😉

    I love this guys–his face especially. I wantses him, or at least a small print of him–to go with the one I have in the back room. Seriously. I love chickadee-dee-dee. Oops, sorry, got stuck there. 😉

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