Take THAT Drawing Challenge…

I’ve forgone the drawing challenge for the past few days in order to complete a commission for… well… this. Kind of a sexy cowboy thing going on. I don’t question, I just draw. 😉

graphite drawing of man's stomach and jeans and hand sexy cowboy
Sexy Cowboy, graphite on paper, 11 x 14″

Drawing Challenge Day 14

For day 14 of the Drawing Challenge I was supposed to draw my favorite fairy tale. I personally really enjoy fairy tales involving bears. One is The Bear collected by Andrew Lang in The Grey Fairy BookA princess is sort of turned into a bear. Another tale describes a girl who runs off with a bear. They’re both great. Disney’s Pixar “Brave” involves bears in a similar fashion. All good!

Here’s my drawn fairy tale:

pen and ink drawing of the bear, a fairy tale
The Bear, a fairy tale

Day 12 of the Drawing Challenge and a Knitting Pattern

Day 12: Draw your most recent accomplishment.

This is a drawing a lace shawl that I designed recently. The shawl was inspired by the architecture of the Eiffel Tower  and is composed of lattice lace sections, ridge sections and rows of eyelets to suggest the scaffolding and platforms of the tower.

This shawl is the first knitting pattern I’ve written but it was enthusiastically received when published on Ravelry.com. I am very pleased to say that there are more than 130 shawls in progress (or already completed) right now. To me, that is an accomplishment I can feel proud of.

This drawing obviously does not do the shawl justice, but you may find it interesting nonetheless. I have become an avid knitter over the past year and a half, such that I am often thinking about how to paint and draw knitting. Who knows how these different art forms might intersect in my future!

graphite and ink drawing of knitting
Knitting

Here is a photo of the actual shawl. For more information about it or to knit it yourself, follow the link above and join Ravelry! The website is free and this pattern is also free – for a limited time.

photograph of dinner in the eiffel tower lace shawl by jessie dodington
Dinner in the Eiffel Tower ~ A Shawl
photo of lace shawl knitted dinner in the eiffel tower jessie dodington
Dinner in the Eiffel Tower

Day 5 of the Drawing Challenge

Day 5 of the Drawing challenge calls for a drawing of your best friend.

This is a sketch of Liby who is a very talented belly dancer (as well as seamstress, crafter extraordinaire and many other things – you don’t want to try her banana bread or you will never feel complete again without it.).

I want to play with markers and color on this drawing but just in case I ruin the initial sketch I thought I’d post it here first. Really, it’s like a doodle gone wild…

ink drawing of belly dancer
Liby the bellydancer

 

 

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

30 Day Drawing Challenge: Day 1

I saw this pin on pinterest and decided to give it a go. “30 Day Drawing Challenge”: why not?

Now, I’ve decided to show you my process even though it is a little embarrassing… because I’m cool that way. Below you will see my attempts at Day One’s challenge: “yourself”. Please keep in mind I haven’t been in the practice of drawing lately (and insert sheepish smile here).

First attempt. This one captures my eye best (that’s totally my eye) but look at that giant jaw and mouth! Hahahahaha. And I just ran out of space in general (squishy forehead).

portrait drawing graphite
Attempt #1

Next attempt. I made this one very quickly and just didn’t have the proportions right. I don’t think it resembles me very much. Tant pis. My drawing hand is warming up a bit more at this point and I’m less stiff than attempt #1.

graphite drawing self portrait
Attempt #2

Third attempt exhibits some nice proportion but I still don’t recognize myself in it. Often when you draw yourself you idealize your features (I think this happens when you draw other people too sometimes). That’s probably what happened here. Oh well… I still quite like the scribbly-ness of it and enjoy it as a drawing in itself.

graphite self portrait drawing
Third attempt

The point is to attempt all 30 days of the drawing challenge… warm my hand back up, get expressive… not necessarily produce perfect results. Okay? Okay. 🙂

Tomorrow’s challenge: favorite animal…