June 2018 Art Prompt

This month I am changing the format of the art prompts. I am still going to post them for the entire month as a theme, but I am going to break them down into 4 weeks per month with a new subject each week. Figured that was kinda the best of both worlds with some much needed variation. I hope you enjoy. 

The Great Outdoors

Depending on where you live, forests can be creepy and even dangerous places. With summer just around the corner I thought a creepy nature theme is just what is needed. I’m going to kick it off with a suggested prompt and it’s up to you on how you interpret it or what you draw. As always I would love to see your work. If you comment a link I will happily take a look. 

Week 1- Draw 7 different images of wild animals eating. For those of you disturbed by Mother Nature at her most grisly, feel free to draw squirrels eating nuts and other sunny subjects. 

Week 2 – Draw 7 things to fear in the forest. From serial killers to spiders, there are many frightening things in forests! 

Week 3 – Draw 7 things to fear in the water. Any water- oceans lakes, springs, ponds, whatever. 

Week 4 – Draw 7 poisonous things found in nature. Can be plants, flowers, fungi, spiders, bugs, snakes. Land, sea or air. Your choice.

I would like to say thank you to the photographers at Pexels for the free images provided in this post. If you are in need of free images to use, commercially or otherwise, check out my post on my favorite free reference photo websites. Have an awesome month sketching. 

May Mid-Month Blah blah blah

First of all I want to welcome all the new subscribers. We have had a lot lately. Very cool! I had a whole plan for the 666 thing. Skulls I guess, I’m not a satanist or anything. But suddenly there was this surge of sign-ups over the last couple of weeks. Last night I did the 748 but didn’t finish this post…..

As of this morning 757! So, hello and welcome to you all. 

Now for the real blah blah....

It has occurred to me that I may have a short attention span. I post the monthly art prompts and never finish all 30. Then a few weeks ago some of my Facebook friends started doing the 10 Days 10 favorite Albums (that you still listen to) Challenge. I thought it was pretty cool and decided to draw mine. I did all 10 days. I was pretty cool with the first week and glad it was over by day 10 because I had other stuff I wanted to work on. Got me to thinking maybe 30 days is too much? Maybe I should post a weekly challenge? Then omfg-  “I have to think of something every effing week!?” Yeah ..umm…What’s that old saying? “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

So maybe I need to mix and match 4 ideas and rotate them or something? The debate begins. However, 7 day challenges seem a lot more interesting and doable. I brainstormed the entire year’s worth of prompts before I even started the blog because I know I am a flake. Well the end of year is coming up. Time to put on my thinking cap.  

Nonetheless, here are the 10 drawings I did for the challenge: 

And the blah blah continues…..

I have been thinking about comics again in a big way. Also been thinking that drawing an entire graphic novel right now is just way too over my head. I keep battling with character designs and style. Then my inner critic shows up and then I am on my ass. Ok, deep breath. Baby steps.

I need to do short comics, like “Java Dreams“.  Cut my teeth a little first. But, where to get a story from? My story ideas are few and far between. Then suddenly it seems the flood gates are open. I have been having to keep a pen and notebook next to the bed to jot down ideas so I don’t forget them. I have 3-4 good ones right now. Most in the vein of Southern Gothic. Not sure how short they are. One is about 7 pages. I know because I already have the roughs penciled out and have been working on the character designs. *wink*  So all in all, May has been a really productive month so far. I will leave you with a spoiler for the first comic- a couple of my rough character sketches. Enjoy and make sure to watch for the upcoming June 1st art prompt.  

Daily Draw – I lost count

If I don’t post daily am I supposed to keep count? How much posting is too much? So many rules to consider when blogging because people get pissed with you if you post too much…or too little. Really makes one a bit barmy trying to decide which faction to please. So please myself is the best choice. So here is the post lowdown: I will post my best work in my gallery. I will do probably best of and worst of in my blog posts based on topic. daily(ish) posts I am going to post on Instagram and Twitter. You can follow me there if you like. So one last Daily Draw post here. I will still post art topics once or twice a month and monthly prompts at the first of the month. 

Art Prompt – May 2018

Draw 100 people in a week! Just kidding. I saw that challenge on Marc Taro Holmes’ blog. That’s a little ambitious, even for me.  Did kinda get me thinking about the Draw 100 challenge though. I thought that one was pretty cool. Just needed some variety to it. So let’s make it draw 100 pictures this month, enough so you can say you improve on each subject-say minimum 10 max 30. So you will have at least 3 subjects to draw and a max of 10. Just to keep it from getting boring. Do those annoying things that you have trouble with –

  • feet/hands
  • faces or facial features
  • architecture/perspective
  • lighting
  • trees
  • hair/ fur
  • figures/ proportion
  • crowds
  • cars
  • animals/ insects/ creatures

There thats 10 things that can be tricky. Let’s do our best to hit all 100.

On a side note, kinda debating about if I want to spam my blog with a daily draw post or post stuff someplace like Instagram.  It’s a debate. Kinda leaning towards Instagram a little. Will post a link if I decide to go that direction. 

Spring Break

I have a little work done but not posted. Things are a wee bit hectic around here right now. My kids are all home from school for spring break, plus extra company at the house this weekend. Will get caught up in a day or two.

Daily Draw #7

I forgot to post! Sorry all. I got up early yesterday and knocked my sketches out first thing. Then I got busy and completely forgot to post my sketches before bed. I did two, as promised. I learned that I need to spend more time figure drawing. And more time inking figures and deciding how to describe them. Lots of research and homework to do. I will post another sketch tonight that I did today. 

Daily Draw #7

Here is my finished skelly from yesterday. Wish I could say I got more accomplished today. Up too late last night. Up early this morning. Had just about enough energy to make it to the gym today. (My other passion is weight lifting!) I’ve been mentally comatose most of the day. I will make it up tomorrow with an extra sketch. 

Daily Draw #6

Day 6 and I’m on a roll. Was wondering if I was going to make it though. The hours kept slipping by while I was screwing around on social media. Then the kids hijacked my computer. I didn’t get started on this until they were all in bed this evening. Even then I wasn’t sure what I was going to draw. When in doubt draw a skull.  That’s my motto anyway. I like the direction this one is going in. Sadly, it is now midnight. I have to get up early with the kids. Also when I start getting tired I start making mistakes. Best to leave off now and work on it tomorrow with fresh eyes.