Drawing a Day Challenge 2018: Day #1

Hello hello hello! It’s been awhile!

We have been in our new house for almost FIVE MONTHS already…and I have hardly worked in TEN months. Almost a year!

As you can imagine, I’ve been going nuts without drawing, painting, creating. My office here is still in shambles and my art supplies are still in boxes…but I needed something to do. Something easy to clean up, that I could do anywhere.

Enter the 2nd annual Drawing a Day Challenge!


I just need pencils and a clip board, and last year proved I could do it anywhere (my van, a classroom, the mall…a little bit of everywhere!). I started collecting ideas, dug out my pencils, and today I began the challenge:

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Drawing a Day Recap: How It Went, What I Learned

Whew. What a few weeks this was!

I had no idea what to expect going into the Drawing a Day Challenge. I figured it would be really hard and time consuming, taking away so much time from my family. I thought there would be a few days I just wouldn’t have time to get to drawing, and that I’d either extend the challenge to make up for it or double up on some days.

That wasn’t the case. Yes, it took some time away from the family on weekends and in the evening when I was writing the blog post, but most of that was done either during quiet times or after they’d go to bed. And missing a day? I’m very happy and surprised to announce I did not miss a day at all! There were days I didn’t have a chance to reveal, but I was able to get each drawing done on it’s day.

But anyway….here’s my recap!


What I Learned:

Making my art a priority CAN be done! And SHOULD be done! Yes, I’m going to some crazy days or hectic weekends, but I still managed to get a couple hours of work in, even if it was hard. I need to remember this often!

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Drawing a Day Challenge: DAY 25!!!!

Guys! I did it!!!! I was able to do 25 5×7 drawings in 25 days!

I’m a little shocked I was able to get to it some days. Like today. My husband had meetings all day, so it was just me and the three kiddos….and two of them were having a little bit of a rough time if they were together.

It was an “Is it bedtime yet?” kind of day.

But as I had been looking forward to this drawing ALL CHALLENGE, nothing was going to get in the way of my drawing!

It’s a good thing the playroom is the other half of my office, huh? Referee while I work!

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Title: If Boathouse Mouse Was Real

Medium: Graphite pencil and ink on acid free paper

Size: 5×7

This was the very first drawing to go on my list of things to do over this challenge! I’m not sure what exactly sparked the idea; I think I had gone through my binder that holds the text for whichever book I’m working on illustrating, and at the back I have my reference drawings for Boathouse as well as other design ideas. I have little sketches of realistic mice from when I was designing him, and I think that was what gave me this idea.

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Drawing a Day Challenge: Day #23

I had a real hard time concentrating on this drawing.

We’re planning on putting our house on the market within the next year, and I got bit by the decluttering bug. The more I think about moving, the less I want to pack everything up! It’s amazing how much things we’ve accumulated, and even though I’ve gone through our home many many times, I want to get rid of EVERYTHING.

I tried to go to my office and ignore everything, but just knowing that the cluttered unfinished basement was on the other side of my office wall was still so distracting. I ended up organizing my studio, and that was enough for me to be able to draw in peace…

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Title: The River

Medium: Graphite pencil on acid free paper

Size: 5×7

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Drawing a Day Challenge: Day #22

Today’s drawing was not what I was expecting. I even forgot this one was in the challenge!


I was mentally prepared to do tomorrow’s drawing when I went to the office today, so when I saw the schedule, I was caught off guard. I guess I could have switched today’s drawing with tomorrow’s, but I stuck with the original plan, and it actually worked out pretty well!

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Title: Deer at the Lake

Medium: Graphite pencil on acid free paper

Size: 5×7

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Drawing a Day Challenge: Day #21

Three weeks completed. Only four more days to go.

Is it just me, or has this challenge gone by really fast?

It was a good drawing day. My appointments were all cancelled, so I was able to take my time and just draw. It was very weird…but I really enjoyed just being able to not have to rush!


Title: Sunshine Through the Clouds

Medium: Graphite pencil on acid free paper

Size:  5×7

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Drawing a Day Challenge: Day #20

Yesterday got really crazy really fast. I knew the afternoon was going to be busy with a parent teacher conference, play practice, and errands, but the morning got ridiculous as well. I ended up only having one hour to get this drawing done, so I had to change up the composition and simplify it drastically…

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Title: Unicorn

Medium: Graphite pencil and ink on acid free paper

Size: 5×7

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Drawing a Day Challenge: Day #19

How was it Day 19 already!?? So crazy!

Yesterday was a rough day. I don’t know what exactly the problem was, but I was not feeling well, I was exhausted, cranky, and just plain miserable. After being forced to take a nap, I felt a little better, and was able to sit down and draw 🙂

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Title: Crashing Waves

Medium: Graphite pencil on acid free paper

Size: 5×7

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Drawing a Day Challenge: Day #18

Saturday was DEFINITELY one of those days that I wish I had planned to take the weekends off for the challenge.

My youngest will be 7 soon, and we had his family birthday party on Saturday. The morning was filled with last minute cleaning, baking and party prep. I finished the party prep just as the party was about to begin, and still had no idea if the drawing would be finished, much less started. I enjoyed the party and didn’t worry about the drawing. If it didn’t get done, it didn’t get done, simple as that.

Believe it or not, I did find the time to get the drawing started AND finished! I just didn’t have the time to reveal it…so here it is, a day late!

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Title: Bodie Lighthouse

Medium: Graphite pencil on acid free paper

Size: 5×7

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