Drawing a Day Challenge: Day #4

When I started planning this challenge, I don’t think I thought it through very well. I should have set it up that every weekday has a drawing, and then either one drawing per weekend or take the weekends off.

But no, I said every day for 25 days straight.

Even if it’s our craziest weekend ever that also falls on daylight savings time, leaving me with one hour of sleep less than normal, I still have to do a drawing each day.

Yeah, I don’t know what I was thinking.

Saturday was a very long day. My oldest son had his Odyssey of the Mind Regionals competition all day, which meant getting to school by 7am and being there until after 4pm. Thankfully it was at our school, so while Kid 2 was with his team, we took over my husband’s classroom and I was able to draw between watching competitions, helping in the cafeteria, and the awards ceremony. Once we got home, it was prep for some of Sunday’s festivities, meaning even less time later to draw.

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Even with the crazy schedule, I was still able to get the drawing done!

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Commission Completed!

A couple months ago I stumbled across a website for artists in the Western New York area. It has listings for opportunities in museums, retail stores, and events or festivals, as well as a place to list your contact information in case someone wanted to get a hold of you about your work. I signed right up (yay for free advertising!), and then forgot about the website.

Over time I got a couple emails here and there about doing a drawing, but nothing ever came of the inquiries, so I forgot about the website again.

That is until I got another email, which leads me to this piece…

Finished

Title: Untitled

Size: 11 x 14

Medium: Graphite on paper

When: July 2015

Time to complete: About 15 hours over two weeks

Purpose: Commission by Luke P.; it’s to be a gift for his girlfriend’s birthday

Thought process: Luke was so easy to work with. He knew just what he wanted, he was flexible with my timing and busy schedule, and was very encouraging through the whole process. The only changes made to the photograph was I cropped it a little for a better composition, and I added a hawk into the pine tree in the upper right corner.

Complications with the piece: For the most part, this piece was very straight forward and was complication free, woo hoo! The thing that was hardest was doing all the grass. It’s pretty monotonous, but I think it’s the best grass I’ve drawn 🙂

Oooh, the tombstones were also tricky. There is a lot of intricate detail in the two closest ones, and getting the pictures just right on them was hard. They turned out great, though!

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Favorite part: Seeing it done. I know I say that about all my pieces, but I do love seeing all my hard work pay off. Luke’s excitement about the piece is also a great thing!

Least favorite part: I’m actually pretty happy with this piece!

Fun tidbits:

– This is my first piece that I’ve done for someone I’ve never met! Luke and I have done all the planning, detail work, and talking either via text, phone calls, or emails, and I’ll be shipping this to him instead of hand delivering it! It was stressful on my part just because he was taking a leap of faith with my work and has only seen my online portfolio, never anything in person, and I didn’t want to disappoint him!

– The hawk was added to symbolize her brother. Not only has Luke’s girlfriend lost her mother, but she lost her brother as well. He had said that he would come back as a hawk one day, so Luke thought it would be a nice addition to the drawing. I love adding little details into my pieces that just add to the meaning, and I was more than happy to add the hawk.

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– It took longer to do the line of trees in the back than it took to do the rest of the drawing, including all the tombstones!

– Luke is planning on getting this piece custom framed and he has promised me a picture when it’s all finished 🙂

***Edited 7/29: Just got a picture of the piece all framed today! It looks FANTASTIC!

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Don’t forget to check back soon as I’ll be finishing up Epic (just finished!!!), Rivendell, illustrations for Boathouse book 1, and will soon be starting another Lord of the Rings drawing (woo hoo!)! I’ll be posting lots of teaser pictures next week on Facebook!

Throwback Thursday: The Well

***This post originally published on January 1, 2015***

Here’s a piece from a couple years ago…

Title: The Well

Size: I think it’s 11″ x 14″

Medium: Graphite on paper

When: Between April and June of 2012

Time to complete: I don’t remember; probably between 10 and 15 hours

Purpose: My friend Sarah won the drawing certificate that year in our church’s annual mission’s auction. You can see the winning pieces from the other year’s certificates here.

Thought process: It was very straight forward; Sarah pretty much knew what she wanted, so I just had to draw!

Problems I encountered: Sarah wanted sun beams to come through the tree, and that was pretty tricky to accomplish. Getting a good contrast between dark and light was hard in this drawing as well!

Fun tidbits: The Prinzi’s are great friends of ours, so I included a little inscription on the back of the drawing

This is the first piece I’ve done for Sarah and her family. The house drawing is also theirs, and I’m currently working on a painting for them as well!

Favorite part: I really like how the tree leaves turned out!

Least favorite part: Getting the grape vines and leaves to stand out enough, yet not overpower the well was tricky. I’m still not satisfied with how they turned out!

Product availability: Prints are available in my Etsy shop here.

What would you choose as subject matter for a drawing?