Sunday, December 30, 2018

my drawing process and a new flickr group

Okay we're just two days out from the official start of the challenge! I have gotten several emails from those of you who want to be able to share your photos but are not on instagram or facebook.  So I've set up a new flickr group for the sketchbook challenge to make it easy for you to share your photos.  You'll have to have a flickr account to upload to the group though and there is no way to get around that.  I've set the group up as a public group so anyone can join and you will find it here. If you need help with Flickr you can find that here.

I see from the comments that you're leaving that a lot of you have got your supplies gathered and are ready to jump in on the 1st and I can't even tell you how thrilled I am that so many of you want to participate in this challenge with me!  Like I said in my last post, I know the idea of a daily challenge can be daunting so remember to keep it simple.  No need to get hung up on rendering perfect replicas of what your drawing.  Or spend half your day drawing and painting scenes with lots of details (unless you want to!) leaving you no time for anything else.  Draw in your own style, use colors you like and enjoy the process.  I have been averaging about 30 minutes on my daily drawings.  For instance, yesterday I took an early morning yoga class so I decided that would be the subject for my dailydraw. 

I always start with a light quick sketch in pencil, then I go over the pencil lines with my Staedtler Pigment Liner (0.3).  I use this pen because it's waterproof so I don't have to worry about the lines running when I add watercolor.  Then I erase all the pencil lines and then color with my water brushes and watercolor paint.  Why do I draw with a pencil first?  Because it's less stressful for me - it gives me a chance to make mistakes and change things in the drawing before committing it to ink.

Are you worried about running ideas about what you are going to draw every day?  Here's a short list of ideas to get you started:

Something from your breakfast
The tea box or coffee bag
A piece of fruit you ate
The vegetables you had with dinner
The wine bottle
Something from lunch
Your dessert
Shampoo bottle
The milk jug
A stack of books
One of the places you visited - a store, museum, salon etc
The mailbox
What was in the  mailbox
The friend you talked with
Your afternoon snack
Did you do laundry? - draw the washer machine, the dryer, the laundry or the detergent bottle
The weather - was it raining, snowing, sunny, hot, cold?
Something you saw on your walk
The car you drove
The bus or taxi you rode in
The place you bought your coffee
A magazine you read
Cans, bottles, the take out containers
The house plants you watered
Book shelf
Medicine cabinet shelf
Something from the kitchen junk drawer
Something from an errand you had to run
Your alarm clock
Your favorite chair

You get the idea - anything can make a great subject for a sketchbook page.  Just remember to keep it simple!  




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