Daily Sketch Challenge Going Strong

Well, I must say, I have sort of really shocked myself by reaching the end of January with not a single day of my Daily Sketch Challenge missed! I’ve even managed to get in a few extra sketches for a total of 34 sketches over the course of 31 days. Admittedly, it’s been quite a challenge to make the time to sketch every single day, no matter how busy I’ve been, or how little time I’ve had or even if I would rather do almost anything BUT sketch. A few of these sketches I’ve had to fit in at the very last minute before bed due to other demands on my time, and only because I am so determined to succeed at this challenge. It would be sooo easy just to succumb to the temptation of excusing myself from the challenge on the days I have no time/no desire to sketch, but so far I haven’t given in to that temptation, so for that reason, I am pretty proud of myself for sticking to it! 🙂

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Fantasy is my favourite genre and some 30ish years ago, I read many of the Terry Brooks’ Shannara series of books. They’ve recently turned one of the books into a TV series and though it’s not exactly Game of Thrones, it is pretty decently done. These 5 minute sketches are from the first episode of the show. I’m really enjoying playing with my watersoluble graphite pencils. I’m not very experienced with them, but am learning more about how they work every time I use them.

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DSC 28 – 5 minute sketches from paused movie scenes – watersoluble graphite in 8.5″ x 11″ unknown brand sketchbook.

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This was a very quick sketch, maybe 10 minutes, done just before bed, from a photo of my little joy angel, Flirt.

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DSC 29 – quick sketch of Flirt from a photo – graphite in 5″ x 8″ Moleskine sketchbook.

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I spent some time on this one, mainly on getting the proportions correctly. In 2013, I had drawn two tiny 3″x4″ miniatures (Summer Memories and Remember When) to enter in the juried International Miniature Art Exhibit. I always wanted to draw more tiny drawings as part of that same “Lazy Days of Summer” series, but never did get around to it. I think I may do this one as part of that series, and perhaps will even enter it into the 2016 mini exhibition if I get it done in time. At 5″x8″, this sketch is actually larger than the drawing would be! LOL

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DSC 30 – from a photo I took in Perth, ON – graphite in 5″ x 8″ Moleskine sketchbook.

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One of the hardest parts of this challenge for me is finding subject matter to sketch. I felt like working with my coloured pencil on this day, and had previously sketched rocks in coloured pencil on the beautiful, cream-coloured paper in my Moleskine sketchbook, so decided to try doing another rock.

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DSC 31 – a lovely striated small rock I found on a walk years ago that I use as a paper weight – coloured pencil in 5″ x 8″ Moleskine sketchbook.

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I totally didn’t much feel like drawing this day, so decided to play with some wet on wet watercolour. After my experimental “splotches” dried, I defined them a bit with some gel pens.

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DSC 32 – watercolour experiment and doodling – wet on wet watercolour with gel pens in 5.5″ x 8″ discontinued Desseres brand sketchbook.

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I love, love, love working on the tan coloured paper in my Strathmore sketchbook! I’m still not great at using the paper as my mid tone, but it’s definitely fun to play in.

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DSC 33 – little fantasy scene from imagination – micron pen, white gel pen and coloured pencil in 7.75″ x 9.75″ Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook.

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DSC 34 – birch trees from imagination – experimenting with white gel pen and black pilot pen in 7.75″ x 9.75″ Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook.

Keep your fingers crossed for me that I manage to get through February with 29 sketches completed by the end of the month!

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