Monthly Archives: December 2015

A Drawing A Day – Week 52 and a bit

Three Hundred and Sixty Five days ago I started a project to do a drawing every single day and now I have completed the task.  I was not alone –  Maggie and Alison (click on Aligeebee to see her drawings) were there every drawing along the way, and it was a daily pleasure to see what they had posted on the site.  We are off for a jolly in January to see the Indian Textiles exhibition at the V & A in London – where Maggie and Alison will meet each other for the first time.

I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the people that have followed the blog and have been kind enough to comment and encourage.

Did I really truly do a drawing every day?  Well…….confession time, not exactly; I missed one drawing in June – I remembered during the day but then forgot to actually do it and woke up with a jump the next morning ‘Arggh I didn’t do my drawing!’.  The second miss was when I had a particularly busy day coming up where I could see no gap for a quiet sit down so I did an extra drawing the day before.

Have there been any benefits from drawing every day?  I would say yes, yes and yes!

I am no longer frightened by the blank white sheet of paper.  I am happy to show anyone any of my drawings –  my ‘artist’ skin has become thicker, OK so it’s not a very good drawing – so what! My skills have improved, I notice when I draw I am looking not at the thing but at the relationships, negative space and shading.  I have developed a ‘style’ or ‘handwriting’ to my drawings and mostly they are wonky and I am happy with that. Having a drawing to do each day gave me a anchor point while everything around me seemed on the move.

Another thought – doing just 30 minutes  a day means that I have clocked up over 180 hours of drawing and I know I have often taken more than 30 minutes with a drawing.  My shortest drawing? Well sitting having coffee at Felixstowe Ferry, I sketched a boat in 30 seconds and the drawing was done.

So what am I going to do next year? I don’t really know right now, I am waiting until drawing 365/365 is done, but I am thinking that my focus should be on composition and I want to start keeping a ‘proper’ sketchbook like real artists do.  I am also keen to do something with the amazing trees that are in the park over the road…………..

Here they are then, the last 9 drawings (now don’t get too excited it is just more of the same).  Happy New Year!

357 Star Candlestick

357 Star Candlestick

358 Hands

358 Hands

359 Supposed to be eggs

359 Supposed to be eggs

360 Rose

360 Rose

361 Lily

361 Lily

362 Lily again

362 Lily again

363 Andy Titcombs fishy teapot

363 Andy Titcombs fishy teapot

364 Orchid Leaves

364 Orchid Leaves

365 Lillies

365 Lillies – last drawing!

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A Drawing A Day – Week 51

Week 51!!?? You gotta be kiddin’ me! Well fancy that, just 9 more drawings to go……..  Well, they are not very exciting drawings this week, my workroom is in such a muddle I have only been able to perch on the corner of my table with a pencil and an A4 pad.

350 Christmas Trees

350 Christmas Trees

351 Shoes

351 Shoes

352 Ipswich roofs

352 Ipswich roofs

353 Boxes for deep beds

353 Boxes for deep beds

354 Ivy

354 Ivy

355 Shrub leaves

355 Shrub leaves

356 Holly

356 Holly

 

A Drawing A Day – Week 50

Just lost my entire post! I did not save it and left the page…………ARGGHGHGH  My priceless words have just gone, never to be shared with the world – ha ha.  You will never hear my musings on the season or my opinion of the current weather – aren’t you lucky?.  I’m not going to try and rewrite so that’s all for this week folks.

343 Jade plant

343 Jade plant

344 Dead Maple Leaf

344 Dead Maple Leaf

345 Art room plant

345 Art room plant

346 Melanie stitching

346 Melanie stitching

347 Holly outline

347 Holly outline

348 Holly coloured

348 Holly coloured

349 Preliminary outline

349 Preliminary outline

A Drawing A Day – Week 49

An obsession with Ivy this week, each leaf unique and marvellous, I could draw nothing but Ivy from now on and still find something new every time.  How am going to decide what to focus on?  We concentrated on portraits in Life Drawing this week, plus I tried another self portrait – harsh!  With I big birthday coming up I should stop doing self portraits as my actual image conflicts badly with my imagined image.  But I am very drawn (no pun intended) to drawing faces, it is so interesting and intriguing.

336 Singh sister

336 Singh sister

337 Ivy

337 Ivy

338 Ivy

338 Ivy

339 Ivy

339 Ivy

340 Arghhhh

340 Arghhhh

341-1 Figure

341-1 Figure

341-2 Head

341-2 Head

342 Maple Leaf

342 Maple Leaf

A Drawing a Day – Week 48

The final month has arrived, it is now a countdown to the finish.  I have a spreadsheet that I tick the days off and I have reached the last column; 365 days fitted onto 2 A4 sheets.  The only thing that I have not been able to find since the move is sheet one from 1st January until 30th July which is a shame as I wanted to include it in my final post.   I have been investigating how to get a blog printed (not for vanity reasons as most of these drawings are heading for the great bonfire in the sky – but just as a record for myself) and have found a site called Blog2Print – has anyone used this service or can recommend another?

329 Saucepans

329 Saucepans

330 Feet

330 Feet

331 Clementine

331 Clementine

332 Watching TV

332 Watching TV

333 Ginko leaf

333 Ginko leaf

334-1 Head

334-1 Head

334-2 Life Drawing

334-2 Life Drawing

335 Iris berries

335 Iris berries