Day 13 of the Drawing Challenge

Day 13 of the drawing challenge calls for a comic. This drawing challenge has held me up for a few days. I adore comics but am never quite sure how to cram the stories I want to tell into a small comic panel. I get caught in one depiction of a human and end up – much later – with one nice drawing of a character, unable (or unwilling?) to reproduce them the seven more times I’d need to.

So… here is the kind of comic I can produce. You should be able to click on the image to see it a bit larger.

pen and ink comic strip about birds and ikea
the Burds

Day 10 and 11 of the Drawing Challenge

Hello all,

I ignored Day 9 (favorite tv show) for the time being and instead drew Day 10 (favorite candy) and Day 11 (turning point in your life).

In regards to favorite candy… I had to draw the wrapper because I ate all the chocolate itself… These “buttons” are the British version of Cadbury chocolates as we North Americans know it and altogether much tastier than US chocolate. Sorry USA.

ink drawing of cadbury buttons chocolate wrapper
Cadbury Buttons

Next I drew the faint outline of my wedding day, the “turning point” in my life where my husband’s and my individual trajectories collided and formed a new life path. With a few lines I outlined the people present and suggested the big pine tree we were under for our short, casual ceremony atop a mountain in New Mexico. Sometime a line is enough to describe what you remember or feel.

ink and graphite sketch of people wedding
You may now kiss the bride

Stay tuned for more drawing challenges and surprises 🙂

Day 6 of the Drawing Challenge

Day six of the drawing challenge calls for your favorite book character and specifies, “can’t be a movie” so that one doesn’t just grab a dvd case and sketch a hollywood actor/actress.

I chose Princess Cimorene from the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. I’ve only read the first book, “Dealing with Dragons” in which the princess, unwilling to remain in her castle and succumb to an arranged marriage, runs away to become a servant to a female dragon named Kazul. There she is in charge of making tea, cherries jubilee, and doing much of the cleaning. When princes begin to arrive one after another to “rescue” her from her dragon she turns them away – at one point telling a fib about a sprained ankle in an attempt to prevent more potential suitors from making the journey to rescue her. She is quite happy serving Kazul.

I thoroughly enjoyed the young adult book and recommend it to anyone who likes a somewhat unconventional fairy tale or two.

ink and pencil crayon drawing of princess cimorene of dealing with dragons book
Princess Cimorene, pencil crayon and ink, 8 x 10″

Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4 of the Drawing Challenge

Whooops! Not one day into this challenge I forgot to draw and post. Don’t worry, I have already caught up and am still enthusiastic about the rest of the month’s drawings.

Day two was favorite animal… Currently my favorite animal is a cat – my cat to be specific. She is lovely.

graphite sketch of cat
Dragon sleeping

Day three of the challenge was Favorite food. Mine is pizza or…

drawing marker of favorite food pizza sushi
Pizza or Sushi

Day four is favorite place. I choose a two story bookstore. Not that I have been in one recently… or ever… but I’m reading The Haunted  Bookshop by Christopher Morely right now and well, it deserves to be drawn. I would LOVE being there right now…

sketchbook drawing marker of library book store two story
The two story bookstore

Girls raised by wolves eh?

Today’s art attack was inspired by reading the beginning chapter of St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell – author of Swamplandia.

Here is an excerpt:
“…with mosquito-blackened sills; a tin roof that hums with the memory of rain. I love it here. Whenever the wind gusts in off the river, the sky rains leaves and feathers. During mating season, the bedroom window rattles with the ardor of birds.
Now the thunder makes the window glass ripple like wax paper. Summer rain is still the most comforting sound that I know… In the distance, an alligator bellows…”

arial photo of art desk
In the studio
mixed media drawing of cabin in jungle
Deep in the Forest, mixed media, 10 x 11"

Colouring Book Page!

As some of you know I’ve been drawing some sketches for the purpose of being coloured by children (or children at heart). I’m pleased to have an example to show you of someone’s colouring! Teenager Erin, of Huron County area in Canada enjoyed colouring this splendid multi-coloured yarn project at her public library. She did such a great job I really wished I was making these socks right now!

colouring book page of yarn and sock knitting
Multicolored Sock Knitting, colouring page example

If the yarn was just a bit thicker I would knit this with it:

malabrigo yarn cowl pic
Malabrigo yarn cowl, image via here

Everyone loves to colour!

I have been drawing a colouring/activity book on the theme of knitting.

There are many people who come to our local yarn shop for “knit night” every Friday and among them, many children. Although these kids at one time or another have been known to hunch together on the floor and crochet faster than your grandmother, sometimes I think they might like to do a little colouring. At least I did when I was a kid. A lot.

So I’m taking some copies of the six drawings I have completed so far to tonight’s meeting and we’ll see if I can get some of the small humans interested in colouring them. If I succeed I’ll post pictures of them soon!

This is not our shop but a space I visit in my head at the end of the day when I’m actually in the corner of my living room… you can join me if you wish!

colouring book of yarn shop
Knit shop, ink on paper (for now!), 11 x 14"