When I began this project, filling a sketchbook was my goal. I can't believe I filled this one in just two months. I have dedicated an average of two hours a day on creating pages that I (mostly) like. Some spreads have taken double that time, and others less than two hours. I've experimented with subjects and mediums, and this week I tried my first ever self portrait. Well, half a portrait anyway. I'm not comfortable with creating any human forms. Especially trying to recreate my oh-so-familiar face. I almost erased the portrait about thirty minutes in. I even said out loud, "I don't know why I keep working on this because I'm going to erase it." But then I just kept going. And then there was a finished (half) face. To me, there are glaring problems with the portrait. And I still considered erasing it even after I was done. But then friends threatened my life if I did, so it remains in the book. Ha! I know with time and practice, I will improve and become more comfortable with drawing people. But for now, here's where it starts, immortalized on the interwebs, which is a truly vulnerable feeling, if I'm honest. It seems about right though, to start the project feeling vulnerable about putting a daily sketch into the world and ending this book with the same feeling.
Enjoy the pages. And don't worry, I've got a fresh, blank book waiting for today's drawing.
(Catch up on previous weeks here.)
|Watercolor, Gouache, Japanese Brush Pen, Colored Pencil|
|Watercolor, Micron Pen|
|Micron Pen, Watercolor, Gelly Roll Pen|
|Left: Gelly Roll Pen Right: Mechanical Pencil|
|Prismacolor Colored Pencils|
I will be starting a community revolving around the goal of filling a sketchbook very soon. I'm excited to offer support and encouragement to others who want to get their creativity on paper. So many folks have expressed to me that my project has sparked them to start (or pick back up) their own book. I can't wait to see what we can do together!
Have a great week!