Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day #17

I am having a serious issue with the challenge this year.

Okay, so maybe serious is a little too strong of a word to use, but I’m having a problem and I blame all of you: my list of things to draw keeps getting longer and longer as I keep adding amazing suggestions from you guys, but there is no way I can do them all in the time frame I have set aside for the challenge.

Now I could always add another week (or probably two or three if I were to do everything on my list) and get everything done, but I really can’t do that as I have a book that is just begging to be illustrated. Maybe I’ll do a challenge in the fall, but that’s my busy season with festivals so that doesn’t really work either. I might just have to save the rest of the list for next year or just randomly work on the drawings during the year here and there as my schedule allows. Whatever option I end up doing, you guys have really outdone yourselves with fantastic suggestions this year and it’s making it hard for me to choose what to do every day and wish that I could keep up this crazy challenge indefinitely! Kudos to you all!

But back to today’s drawing…

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Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 16

Happy Monday!

This wasn’t the original drawing I had picked out for today. I woke up thinking about otters (random, I know!), and although an otter isn’t on my list, I wanted to draw one. However, when I got on Facebook this morning, the first thing I saw was a friend’s post about it being National Agriculture Week. What better way to celebrate than with this girl! Continue reading “Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 16”

Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 15

Week 3 is finished! Woo hoo!

I really hate to admit this, but I’m pretty tired of drawing animals. Don’t get me wrong, I love drawing them, but sometimes switching it up is nice!

I didn’t really have anything on my list that wasn’t an animal; the items that weren’t animals were a little too complex for me to work on today, so I had to figure something out.

Like I mentioned yesterday, I’m tired of winter. It snowed again last night and I had to scrape my van off this morning. My mind was drifting off to the summer sun, our annual vacations to the Outer Banks…and then it hit me: I’m working on a specific series of pieces, and I hadn’t added the next piece yet….until today:

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Title: Currituck Lighthouse

Size: 5×7

Medium: Graphite pencil and white gel pen ink on acid free paper

Inspired/nominated by: Me being cranky in the snow! And my friend, Vanessa, in a way. The first year my family went to the Outer Banks, she suggested I should go visit the five main lighthouses of the Outer Banks and then turn them into drawings or paintings. We only made it to three of them that year, and it wasn’t until our visit last year (our third year) that I made it our fourth: Currituck! My husband, his brother, and my littlest guy visited it and even climbed to the top! I drew the other three previously visited lighthouses during last year’s Drawing a Day Challenge: Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke.

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Favorite parts: The trees and landscape! The hints of brick on the lighthouse! Ok, who am I kidding, it’s an Outer Banks lighthouse, I love all of it.

Challenging parts: There are so many layers of landscape and the buildings and trees, trying to get it all to play out well was challenging. That seems to be a recurring issue this year, but I’m also focusing on improving that, so I’m being stretched.

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Product availability: The original drawing is available in my Etsy store here and prints will be coming soon! I’m also planning on doing an OBX lighthouse note card set.

 

What’s your favorite lighthouse?

Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 14

Guys, I’m so ready for spring. I’m ready for sunshine, warm air, and being outside.

I know spring is coming soon, but I wanted some spring today. And that’s where this little guy came in!

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Title: Rabbit

Size: 5×7

Medium: Graphite pencil and white gel pen ink on acid free paper

Inspired/nominated by: Me again! I love rabbits, they’re cute, fluffy and super soft. However, they don’t like me. I’m super allergic, and being close to one will send me into an asthma attack. I wanted a bunny I could be around, so here he is!

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Favorite parts: I’m really enjoying working on the backgrounds this year. Last year they were pretty blah and just a solid color, and this year I’m working on getting them to be a part of the piece somehow. I like how this one turned out! Plus little bunny faces are adorable 🙂

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Challenging parts: The grass in front! Grass is always tricky for me. I need to practice it some more…

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Product availability: This piece is available for purchase in my Etsy store here, and prints will be available soon.

 

How’s your weather? Are you as anxious for spring as I am?

Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 13

Helllooooo halfway point!

I feel like I started this challenge yesterday, but at the same time I feel like I’ve been doing it forever. I remember feeling that way last year, too. While I’m looking forward to not having to take up so much time every working on the entire process (drawing, photographing, blogging, scanning, etc), I am really enjoying working again and hope to keep up the momentum  when it’s over.

To celebrate the halfway point, I thought I’d do a fun little creature today:

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Title: Clown Fish

Size: 5×7

Medium: Graphite pencil on acid free paper

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Inspired/nominated by: My youngest kiddo, who has a nickname that is appropriately Fish! I asked him this morning what kind of fish he wanted, and without missing a beat, he said a Nemo fish, of course!

Favorite parts: I was terrified of doing fish eyes! They are so different than any other eye I’ve drawn, but they ended up being a lot easier and I really like how they turned out. The entire drawing was actually easier than I anticipated!

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Challenging parts: Getting Mr. Fishy to look round, making shadows on him while keeping the white sections and what would be the orange sections different shades of gray, aaaaand getting the anemones to be visible, flowy, yet subtle in the background.

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Product availability: The original is available here in my Etsy store, and prints will be available later.

 

What is your favorite kind of fish?

Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 12

Today, in a nutshell, was rough.

It started out great: the kiddos left for school, I had breakfast, and I started working on applications for festivals for the year! I loooove working on these as it brings me hope that summer will be here (which, at the moment, feels unlikely as there’s a snow storm rolling in tonight/tomorrow….again…).

At 10, I switched gears and got to work on the drawing.

But nothing on my list was inspiring me, begging to get off of the list and onto my drawing paper. I looked up images for a few, but nothing felt right.  I couldn’t not draw today, so I had lunch, took a breather, and got back to choosing a drawing.

At 11:50, I finally had a subject and acceptable reference image ready, and I got to work….on this gentle giant!

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Title: Moose

Size: 5×7

Medium: Graphite pencil and white ink gel pen on acid free paper

Inspired/nominated by: My friend Jessica B.!

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Favorite parts: I really like how his back turned out, as well as how the grass/flowers in front turned out! I wasn’t sure how the foreground plants would turn out, but they were much easier than I had anticipated 🙂

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Complicated parts: Surprisingly, the antlers! The reference image has them mostly in shadows, but while drawing them, it made them look flat. Getting them to look rounded while keeping them true to the moose took a long time to get right!

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Product availability: The original is available in my Etsy store here. Prints will be available soon.

*** This drawing has sold! ***

 

How was your day today?

Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 11

Hello, Monday!

I had a great weekend: on Saturday, we (aka my husband) were able to get my scanner up and running so I can turn these drawings into prints, and I started getting the original drawings up in my Etsy store. Yesterday my youngest and I went to my hometown to visit with my bestie from grade school and her son and surprised my parents with a quick visit as well.

I did miss drawing, though, and was very much looking forward to getting back to it today!

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Title: Barred Owl

Size: 5×7

Medium: Graphite pencil and white ink gel pen on acid free paper

Inspired/nominated by: I originally put an owl on the list, but it was also nominated by my friend Marie B!

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Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 10

It’s Day 10 already! The challenge is two-fifths completed, and while part of me is exhausted by it already, I’m finding it hard to believe I’m almost at the halfway point.

Today was a rough drawing day. I couldn’t figure out what to draw; I was completely uninspired by everything on my list. Once I finally chose the subject for the day, I couldn’t choose which resource image to use! I couldn’t concentrate on drawing, and between babysitting all day and then having exhausted kids on a Friday afternoon, it was just a long day and I didn’t want to work. However, it’s 8:30, the drawing was just finished, and all of our plans for tomorrow were rescheduled so we’re able to get some much needed sleep in the morning, yay!

Here’s today’s piece:

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Title: Baby Skunk

Size: 5×7

Medium: Graphite pencil and white ink gel pen on acid free paper

Inspired/nominated by: A skunk is not something I would have ever thought about doing, but this piece has a special place in my heart due to the circumstances in which it was nominated. My first year at the Brockport Arts Festival, I had a woman and man quickly walk past my booth, pausing just long enough to ask if I had any skunk pieces. I replied no, and they left as quickly as they had arrived. Now, I have never ever been asked for skunk pieces, and to me, it’s not a typical request. I figured it was just them quickly going through the festival for something specific (like the food), and were just being silly. But that was actually not the case! They showed up again last year, but stopped outside my booth instead of running past. She asked for skunks, I laughed, said that while I didn’t have any, I remembered the request from last year. They came in, we chatted (they were surprised I remembered them), and they fell in love with my drawings. Apparently she has the nickname Skunk and collects them, so the request for skunks was a genuine request. She asked if I would be back next year, and that if I was, would I have a drawing or print of a skunk, and maybe even notecards with them on it. I told her that I would have things ready, and she promised to come back and make a purchase. And that’s how the skunk came to be on my list this year!

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Favorite parts: Skunk whiskers! Cute baby skunk paws! All the skunk cuteness! Also the background; I’m working really really hard this year on making my backgrounds interesting. I just gave the smallest hint that there was grass behind the skunk’s log, and I don’t know, but I feel like it really helped the piece as a whole.

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Complicated parts: I thought this piece would be easy after doing the sloth yesterday. but no. The fur was either black or white, no real inbetween. To add dimension to the black, I had to erase, but trying to get enough dimension without it looking white was hard, and then adding some dimension to the white without it turning muddy looking was hard. I spent as much time doing the hair as I did everything else in the drawing combined!

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Other thoughts: As I was working on the skunk, I was wanting to turn him into a badger. I don’t necessarily have a thing for badgers, but they are the mascot for my Hogwarts house, the Hufflepuffs! So it got me thinking about doing a realistic picture of each animal for the Hogwarts houses and selling them as prints individually or as sets. I’m trying to break away from things like that, but at the same time, I think it would be awesome to have a set of drawings in my future movie room with the lion, badger, snake and eagle/raven as a subtle yet geeky way to decorate the space. Thoughts?

Product availability: The original is available for purchase in my Etsy store here, and prints will be coming. Notecards available by special request.

 

Skunks: yay or nay? I say yay for cuteness, nay for the stinkiness!

 

Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day 9

Today, I bring you a self-portrait. While it may not look like me, the resemblance in behavior is truly uncanny.

You see, I’m running on very, very little sleep today. Two nights ago our oldest was coughing all night long. She slept through it just fine, but even medicine, Vicks on her chest and feet, propping her up with pillows, and diffusing essential oils in her room wouldn’t calm that cough. The master bedroom is right next to it, so we heard her…and hardly slept.

Last night my hubby and I went to bed early and passed out. But, in the wee early hours of the morning, our youngest woke up crying…then screaming. Once I got him to quiet down, he said his rib hurt. He couldn’t move, but he was breathing fine and he had no fever (he was sick last week). It was the strangest thing! I took him to the bathroom which didn’t help, and then I let him watch some YouTube for awhile on my phone just so we could both lay down and try and rest. Once I got him to sleep (over an hour later), I tossed and turned for awhile.

How I ever survived having newborns, I will never know.

Then this morning, all three kids had a dentist appointment at 8, so the boys had to be up and ready earlier, but we all overslept. Once we got to the dentist’s office, I thought I was doing good by being there 5 minutes early. Woo hoo!

Nope. This tired momma was A WEEK and 5 minutes early.

Yep. Totally wrote the wrong day on my calendar.

They were so understanding and able to get all three kids in anyway (thank you appointment cancellers!), and I got them to school just fine. The rest of my day was crazy, between babysitting this afternoon, staggered pick up times for the boy’s activities after school, and the hubby and girlie at a swim meet this evening.

Just thinking about the rest of the day has me feeling, well….kinda like this guy:

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Title: Sloth

Size: 5×7

Medium: Graphite pencil and white ink gel pen on acid free paper

Inspired/nominated by: Jessica B on Instagram and Raylene L on Facebook! Love this suggestion, ladies!

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Favorite parts: Ummm…yes. I just love him so, I want to snuggle him. Is that weird? I really wasn’t sure how he’d turn out with all the hair and funny claws and little pig nose, but he is adorable and I love him to pieces. It’s a good thing that I’m not allowed to keep all my artwork (mostly due to lack of wall space for it all!), otherwise I think he’d be staying here.

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Challenging parts: Sloths join in the ranks with the giraffe and koala in the ‘Strange Looking Animals’ category! I had no idea sloth noses could look so similar to a pig’s snout! And their claws, while I knew about them, they’re not quite exactly what I always thought they’d look like. And hair….so much hair. But thankfully I’m far enough into the challenge I remember how to draw now! It also helped a lot that I found my favorite eraser pencil! YAAAYYYY!!!!! That made the hair so much easier. It probably cut down on an hour’s worth of work.

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Product availability: The original is available for purchase (contact me directly, will be listing on Etsy soon). Prints will be available shortly as well.

*** UPDATE: The original has sold.

 

How was your day today?