Sunday, December 23, 2018

Are you ready?

The new Sketchbook Challenge begins in just 9 days!  I am really excited about the challenge and based on the number of comments and emails and the spike in traffic to this blog and the facebook page I can see that you all are too.  One of my goals for the sketchbook challenge is to keep it approachable and easy to do for everyone and anyone regardless of whether or not you have ever drawn anything or have been sketching for years.  One of the things that I think can help you stick with the challenge is to have a sketching supply kit put together so that whenever you are ready to sit and make a quick drawing you won't have to worry about trying to find your supplies.  

I keep my sketching/coloring kit in one of my zipit beast pencil cases (I have several of these cases folding travel watercolor set, a fewwaterbrushes, blackwing pencils, black waterproof pens, eraser, pencil sharpener and a little 6″ long ruler.  That's it, that's all I need to make a sketch in my little 5" square Global Art Materials sketchbook . I absolutely love the size of this sketchbook for this project.  The pages are large enough to create a fairly detailed sketch without being so large that the amount of space to fill becomes overwhelming.  Perfect for keeping this project simple and stress free!  Oh and I also have a piece of paper towel folded up in a small ziplock bag so I can easily clean my water brushes. 

Why not take a few minutes between now and January 1st to put together a little daily sketching kit?  Your kit doesn't have to be a replica of mine because you should work with whatever materials and tools that you like.  If watercolors don't appeal then go ahead and use colored pencils, markers, brush pens, crayons, acrylics, pastels etc.  Use what you like so that the process of drawing every day feels like a joy and not a chore.  Just make sure whatever sketchbook you use has paper that is appropriate for the medium that you are using.  Maybe you prefer to use a mechanical pencil instead of a traditional one - great!  Go head and use that.  Not interested in adding color to your pages - that's okay too.  Go ahead and work in black and white - there are no rules here!

Actually I take that back - there is a rule for this challenge.  Are you ready to hear what it is?   Okay here it is:

Enjoy the process and have fun with it

That's it.  It's as simple as that.

Okay so I want to get this challenge kicked off with a little "getting started sketchbook kit" giveaway!  I am going to give this kit away to one lucky Sketchbook Challenge reader.  



Here's what's in this kit: a 5" square Global Art Materials sketchbook, a set of 12 double sided colored pencils, a set of 10 Superior Needle drawing pens, 2 blackwing pencils,  an eraser, a pencil sharpener, a set of 7 metallic Gelly Roll pens and a pencil/paintbrush.

Want a chance to win this pretty awesome little sketchbook kit?  All you have to do is leave a comment here on the blog by 12/31/18 and I will pull a name randomly from all the comments and announce the winner on January 1, 2019.  

Good luck!


p.s. If you have gotten a head start on the challenge don't forget to tag your photos with the hashtags “drawingwithsueb” and “dailydraw2019”  You can also post on the Sketchbook Challenge Facebook page here and don't forget to follow the  Sketchbook Challenge Instagram account too!







61 comments:

  1. I am excited about this project! I do not do much sketching, so this will be a wonderful way to increase my skills. Thanks!

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  2. Interesting art supplies! Thank uou!

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  3. This is the perfect opportunity to start taking my art more seriously.

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  4. I need this. I have been thinking about a daily art challenge.

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  5. who can resist a challenge AND free art supplies!

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  6. Actually this is my goal for 2019... to sketch more!! I’m so in! Thank you for the chance to win these awesome products! Fingers crossed ��

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  7. Wonderful! I need to add a daily creative exercise to my routine. This would give me all the supplies I need to get started.

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  8. I love to sketch-on-the-go, but I seldom have my tools with me?

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  9. Looks awesome! My new years resolution. :^)

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  10. Ooh, a sketchy kit - that is a brilliant idea and I'm so stealing that idea for my 8yo son too! Merry Christmas, I hope you have an arty time!!!

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  11. I am so happy you are doing this Sue! I have your book and I did the challenge a few years ago. I may incorporates the drawing challenge into my weekly documented art journal that I have kept for several years. I’ve been doing this on my own for a couple of years and I would like a group to share with.

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  12. Looking forward to the 2029 challenge!

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  13. Kit looks great - looking forward to 2019 and drawing daily!

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  14. Ooooooo........you know how to get us motivated!

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  15. I hope that this sketchbook challenge will get me back into creating.

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  16. I'm ready and excited. One of my 2019 intentions is to spend more time with my art.

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  17. You inspire me and all I have to do to smile is look at your bright Colorful Quilts or drawings.
    I am going to do my first sketch ever with the color pencils and sketch pad I bought my husband years ago. He is artistic I am not.
    By the way he has never used the pencils and pad I purchased. ��

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  18. Would love to win the sketchbook kit.

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    1. Look forward to the challenge. I've wanted to commit to something like this. I have your book but could never get started. Thank you for starting up again.

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  19. I really want to do this challenge. It would be good for my soul right now.

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  20. Can we do this by responding to your blog? I don't do FB or Insta for security reasons, but wouldn't mind you sharing the photos if you liked.

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    1. OK --- I just saw this in today's email:
      "You can also post photos of your sketches on the The Sketchbook Challenge facebook page as a reply to any of the posts there if you're not on Instagram."
      Does that mean we can post if even we don't do FB?

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    2. Jen you will have to have a facebook account in order to post on the sketchbook challenge facebook page.

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    3. Jen I have set up a flickr group for those who don't want to do facebook. You'll find it here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/3198463@N20/ It's a public group but you'll need to have a flickr account to join it. Sorry but there is no way around that.

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  21. I cant wait. I need to get back in touch with my creativity....Let's sketch!

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  22. that sketchbook looks soooo cute! Hope I win it! :)

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  23. this will get the creative juices flowing, i do love a challenge.

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  24. Ooooo! What a wonderful kit to start a good habit! Great idea...I'm looking forward to doing a lot of sketching in the coming year

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  25. Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win. So looking forward to the challenge. ��

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  26. that would be a challenge for the next year :-D

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  27. I was so happy to have you land in my In Box ! I am SO looking forward to this challenge 😊. Sue.

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  28. I want to do this. I’m a Decorative Painter but have to do a lot of Painting & Decorating to earn my bread and butter. I need a creative outlet!

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  29. Thanks for the kick-start! I’m IN!

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  30. Who can resist a chance at more art supplies? I know I can't. lol I am almost ready to start sketching again. I have really enjoyed such things in the past and need this push to draw again. Thank you for the chance to win goodies and for hosting this challenge!!!

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  31. I’m so excited to get started! Thank you getting the ball rolling, Sue

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  32. What a fun thing to do! My fingers are being drawn to my pencils and sketch pad more and more frequently lately.... in need of some creativity.

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  33. I am eager to start this commitment to sketch everyday.

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  34. This year I might finally allow myself to participate. Osmancm@comcast.net

    Thanks for the daily sketching kit it makes it easier with just a few daily supplies

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  35. So glad you're back with this challenge, and I am hoping to be a regular participant this round!

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  36. Thank you for the chance to win! Just what I need to get me going.

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  37. Lovely..nothing more inspiring than a a new stash of art materials !

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  38. I've been waiting for a chance to get organized and get my work to the next level. Thank you for that perfect giveaway.

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  39. This looks like an amazing collection for drawing on the go

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  40. what a great way to kick start the challenge! Happy holidays!!!!

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  41. Sounds like an amazing way to start the New Year!

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  42. I've been trying to make myself take the time to sketch and play, but have a hard time diving into a blank page. I'm really looking forward to this challenge. Thanks for inspiring us!

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  43. Hi Sue!!! I'm so excited to do the Daily Drawing 2019 challenge. I have missed feeling connected on an art level with you. Here's hoping I win some new supplies!

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  44. A simple challenge with the potential for loads of fun.

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  45. Drawing is such a key skill for an artist. I am in a constant state of re-energizing my commitment and it usually has to do wth exciting new products like these!

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  46. I am going to try. I am SO bad at daily anything. But I really want to do this.

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  47. would love to win this great set! what a great challenge idea! and just to have fun!

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  48. Challenge accepted! Lol can’t wait to begin.

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  49. I've just recently started to sketch again. I'm excited for the new Sketchbook Challenge!!!

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  50. I am so excited about this challenge, doing art every day is a real challenge for me, so I'll keep it short and simple 😊

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  51. I've done a daily fabric square for a quilt which was pretty difficult but I think this is going to be harder. Looking forward to improving my drawing skills.

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  52. I just found this and am so excited! I do something arty everyday as I suffer from Chronic Pain, Summer is the worst time of year for me and I was looking for something to do to keep my mind off it. This challenge is just the thing!
    I cant wait to get going.

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  53. I would love a chance to win. Sounds like a fun challenge.

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  54. A friend forwarded your blog post to me this afternoon. I'm going to take up the challenge. I'll be sketching in my bullet journal every evening. Wish me luck!

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