Reinstating the Sketchbook Sunday Segment!

Here is a sketch I made yesterday from a rocking chair on my front lawn. I know you can hardly see what it is of but that’s not the point. (It’s a house and some trees at the end of our road.)

The point is that I remembered some of my old blog posts being titled: “sketchbook saturday” or “sketchbook sunday” and like the idea of using my sketchbook each weekend… religiously shall we say.

in the neighbourhood, graphite
In the neighbourhood, graphite in sketchbook

 

Computer’s-eye view

Today you get the view from my computer’s camera of what I’m working on. Can you spot the cicada? I’ll give you a hint: it’s front and center.

Insect Illustrations in progress, graphite and ink on paper
Insect Illustrations in progress, graphite and ink on paper

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…