Musings from the Moonroom

Thoughts on Art, Inspiration, Creativity and Spirit

The Challenge of Drawing

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I recently joined Craftsy’s 31-Day Drawing Challenge. Well, “joined” may not be the best word. I’m not submitting what I create on the Craftsy site. Rather, I’m sharing my drawings on my Facebook page and here in blog-o-land.

So what is this “challenge” exactly? If you go to the above link, you’ll see that Craftsy has provided a prompt for each day in August. Interpret the prompt in any way you want. Yes, the suggested format is drawing. But if you’re not into drawing or sketching, then write a poem, make some music, do an interpretative dance, take a picture. Paint a picture. Let the prompt inspire your creative muse. The format isn’t important. Letting your creative juices flow is!

My challenge is trying not to be too literal with the prompts. That’s probably why I made it through the first three and haven’t picked up my sketchbook since then. That and well, just setting aside the time. I’m trying not to put pressure on myself as I find myself falling behind (uh, oh, see the tiny beads of sweat breaking out on my forehead.)

That making time thing and just doing it, well that’s a post for another day.

Anyways, here are my interpretations for the first three prompts:

Grow” Inspired by the baby robins that were in a nest outside our kitchen window.

Grow

Grow

In Bloom” The Black-Eyed Susans are bursting in our yard.

Black Eyed Susan

Black Eyed Susan

Flutter” This brought several images to mind. Butterflies. Wings. Eyelashes. I chose a large turkey feather as inspiration.

Fluttering Feathers

Fluttering Feathers

What will you create with the prompts in the 31-Day Challenge?

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4 thoughts on “The Challenge of Drawing

  1. I really like these, Amy. You do very well with your sketches. Me? Not so much.

    • Thanks Judy. Sketching is a very individual thing. Some of mine are very rough-scribbly lines and such. Others are like the ones here. There’s no right or wrong way to sketch.

  2. Very cool drawings, Amy! They so reflect your interest in the natural world. What medium did you use? Pastels?

    • Thanks Karen. Ha, you seem to have found a pattern in these first few drawings! I start the drawing in pencil. Sometimes I go over the pencil with a Micron pen. I add color with Caran d’Ache watersoluble pastels. Good eye you have there.

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