Thursday, August 28, 2014

21 days: monster-making!

I loved this assignment so much that I actually took time and scanned this one in. 

For some more monstrous goodness, check out some of my favorite monsters:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

21 days: SuperDoodle

Today's challenge was to fill an entire 8.5x11 paper with doodles. My kind of assignment!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

21 days: shadows and headphones

I made good time on the weekend, but all this getting ready for school stuff is showing me how much I need to make drawing and painting a non-negotiable priority. I finished these on lunch break, timing myself with an episode of the Muppet Show. 

For this exercise in shading and light sources, I did in fact go into the downstairs bathroom with my book light and the door closed, so that I could double-check the way the light actually appears. Did I look dumb? Who cares. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

21 days: a girl and her dragon

A certain someone was very upset with me for drawing this, and will be even madder when she knows I've posted it. But this assignment is about drawing something you're passionate about. I'm passionate about storytelling, about fantasy, and about letting your imagination run wild so that you can pretend to inhabit that story. The inspiration for this drawing is from something else I'm passionate about: my daughter. 

While all my kids say it doesn't look like her (and they're correct, though they do share some awesome hair), I told them that it's inspired by her, her love of dragons, and the fact that she does in fact have a staff she likes to walk with that looks just like this one. 

You know that Shakespeare quote, "Though she be but little, she is fierce!" - that's my Angela.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

21 days: Rocktopus

Day 6's assignment. He is either playing "Rock Lobster", "Octopus's Garden", or "I Want to Hold Your Hand Hand Hand Hand Hand Hand Hand Hand."

21 days: horse and pony show

This lesson was supposed to be about refinement: to draw a subject many times in many different styles, or to draw the same image again and again with modifications until you've arrived at a happy place with it. You could choose from the following topics: Bigfoot, your boss, a shark, a skull, a pelican, an evil space villain, or a horse. No contest here.


Friday, August 22, 2014

21 days: keep your hands where I can see them

5 hands done 5 different ways. (I was going to say different flavors, but that just sounds gross.)

More closeups on my Instagram page.  

Thursday, August 21, 2014

21 days: picture pages

Fresh challenge! The original reference sheet is full of squiggles. There's no wrong way to fill it out! Mine took a nature-y turn.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

21 Days: all about the line

I will freely admit this was not my favorite challenge so far. I also didn't have much time to work on them, honestly. But all excuses aside, hello, I drew! And better yet, I made time for it. 

More on my Instagram page

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

21 days: Death Metal Cat

My coworker and I have started doing the 21-Day Drawing Challenge with Von Glitschka from (it's free, join in!) Here's my first one, under the first day's topic: "Cat". The lyrics come from this great Kliban drawing of a folk-singing cat. My friends and I would sing this on the playground back in the day, usually on the swings.