28 Day Drawing Challenge – It’s OK to Quit

Week 2 of my 28 day drawing challenge started out well. I was into it. I even started another, bigger personal project, which I’ll most likely blog about in the future. I was excited about creating and drawing and making and doodling. I’d wake up each morning as an eager beaver to see what creative project was in my inbox. That’s until I started getting so into my other personal project, that I began feeling a little frustrated that I had to spend my limited time on the 28 day challenge, particularly because the later projects of week two, were not so inspiring.

I had all these thoughts like ‘you have to continue, it’s a challenge- that’s the whole point’ or ‘don’t be a quitter’, but then I realised that the challenge had served its purpose exactly and that I no longer needed it.

The reason I started the challenge was to get my creative juices going again and it did! I felt great. So why force myself to keep going when it had already fulfilled its purpose. One of the videos at the start of the challenge actually even says, that it’s ok to quit if you feel a pull in a different direction. Follow your creativity, follow you heart. xxx

Day 8: Thirty circles in thirty minutes

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Day 9: Seeing shapes in scribbles

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Day 10: Blind portrait using a continuous line

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Day 11: Photo doodle

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Day 12: Exquisite corpse – Collaboration

This was that game where you draw a head, fold the paper and pass it to someone else who then draws the body, folds in and passes it on for someone else to draw the legs. When you unfold it, you usually end up with a pretty hilarious drawing.
I used to play this A LOT. When I was a kid and when I was at art college. My flat mate and I would sit in the kitchen doing this for hours.

I passed on it this time round because I didn’t have anyone to do it with in my work space.

Day 13: Textual observation (again)

It didn’t inspire me last time so I chose not to do it again.

Day 14: Rest Day

These were the following week’s challenges – I wasn’t feeling it!

Day 15: Make a mind map

Day 16: Blackout poetry

Day 17: Playing with tangrams

Day 18: Visualising sound

Day 19: Writing post-it notes and leaving them places

Day 20: Textual observation (for the third time!)

Day 21: Rest day

 

Although I chose not to complete the challenge, I LOVED what I did do of 28 to Make.

Thank you thank you thank you!!!

xxx

You can find the challenge I did here.

28 Day Drawing Challenge – Week 1

Hello! It has been forever! Have you had a good summer? Summer has thrown me totally off course with lots of things going on…including getting married! To get me back into drawing and being creative again, I decided to do a drawing challenge I found on Creative Live called 28 to Make which you can find here. It is basically 28 short drawing challenges, one a day. Here is how I’ve been getting on.

Day 1: Draw whatever you’re drinking, in 20 minutes

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I can’t say I felt hugely inspired by this. I even considered drawing a different drink since what I was drinking was so boring. I decided to stick with it none the less and quite like the outcome. (Mugi-cha is Japanese barley tea, a summer staple here in Japan.)

Day 2: Draw a house plant in 20 minutes

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Watercolours! Also, this plant died shortly after…rip.

Day 3: Draw your favourite album cover, in 20 minutes

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A collage made from scraps I found in my paper recycling bin of The Cure Album ‘Boy’s Don’t Cry’. While it’s not my favourite album, I love The Cure and the cover is pretty cool.
It was between that and a picture of Britney Spears.

Day 4: Draw what’s in your bag in 20 minutes

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This was probably on a good day too. I literally have so much rubbish in my bag, all the time.

Day 5: Draw a receipt, in 20 minutes

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Like the ‘draw your drink’ project, this didn’t exactly ignite my passion but I actually got quite into it. As I live in Japan, all my receipts were in Japanese too, which was quite interesting!

Day 6: Textual observation challenge

I didn’t document this one as it wasn’t very visual or inspiring for me.

Day 7: Rest day

There is a video to watch on the importance of rest for creativity.

So that was my week! I really enjoyed the tasks actually. It’s good that they’re all quick as it means that you (or I) are more likely to do them. I found that the majority of the time I kept drawing or kept making because the challenges put me in a good creative mood.

More next week!

xxx

Hello Summer! Watercolours and Watermelons

Hello!!!

I hope you’re all enjoying summer so far! This is my second summer in Japan and I cannot get enough of the sunshine and hot weather! Last year I felt like I was melting into my cereal every morning and sweating through everything, all the time, but this year I seem to have adapted a little bit to the heat.

This month has been all about eating watermelon, growing vegetables, having water fights and fireworks! So different to my lifestyle back in the UK and I LOVE IT!

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Here is a little watercolour experiment inspired by my watermelon addiction. I’m still new to watercolours but I’m having so much fun trying them out and find it really relaxing.

xxx

Want to Draw but Lack Inspiration?

Have you ever wanted to draw but been stuck for what to draw? I’ve recently realised that you can really draw anything. Of course, that’s stating the obvious but I’ve started seeing day to day things more as drawing inspiration. Like when I had to get off my bike because I saw the cutest little chicks cheeping from a nest then a mummy bird swooped in and fed them all. So adorable! I took photos on my phone but they were rubbish so I painted it.

The great thing about painting is that you can enhance and embellish!

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I even painted some weeds over the weekend. They were pretty weeds!

I’ve been exploring water colours a bit over the past couple of weeks and I’m really enjoying it. The effects you can get from mixing colours can be so gorgeous.

xxx

Brexit! Spread the Love!

Just a quick post today of a painting I did in response to Brexit and the amount of hate and bitterness coming out of the UK over the past few days. Many of us are in complete shock over what happened and I just want to do my part by spreading as much love and positivity as possible. Love wins!!! xxx

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Developing an Illustration Style

Hello!

Something I’ve been working on this year is developing an illustration style. I know what I like but I want to make something unique to me. Recently I’ve been copying other artists and then taking elements I like, mixing them together and seeing what happens. My last post was all about the copying the illustration style Akira Ebihara, who I love. This time I’ve copied her techniques, incorporated some of my own and some that I’ve learned elsewhere.

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I used this image that I found on www.vogue.co.uk as my source for composition. I initially started drawing this, just to practice drawing but decided to develop it further.

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I Sara-fied it a little by adding some hearts and a cat then scanned it into photoshop.

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In photoshop, I decided I felt more like having a beachy vibe than a hearty vibe so changed it up again.

I used Akira Ebihara’s collage like technique for some components of the background.

My current project is totally different yet again! For now I’m enjoying trying out different things and seeing what happens!

I hope you’re having a great weekend.

xxx