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 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 7 and 8 of the Drawing Challenge

Day 7: Favorite word (I don’t really have one but whimsy was what I felt like doodling). The little hexagons in the top third of the drawing are giant sparkles… like sequins.

drawing stamping of whimsy, wine, daisies, books, yarn
Whimsy in mixed media on paper

Day 8: Favorite Animated Character. Dori.

In terms of favorite characters in animated films, I adore all of the puppets used in the animation the Fantastic Mr. Fox by Wes Anderson but in terms of animated drawings, Dori is lovely. My sketch doesn’t do her justice but to draw her was a little pinch of fun in my day…

drawing of dori from finding nemo pen ink marker
Dori from Finding Nemo

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 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

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"

Sketchbook Saturday

I’m trying out a new sketchbook that has a unique feature: it tells you what to sketch. Here is an example of some of the suggestions: your least favourite food, a fainting goat, the leaning tower of Pisa, wise babies…

Cover of new sketchbook
Sketchbook page