One Week 100 People 2019


The week of April 8 through 12 is when people all over the world are trying to sketch 100 people within five days. They say a week, which is typically SEVEN days…but it is a five day challenge. I decided to try it. That would be an average of 20 people per day. Unfortunately, I had a hard time keeping up and finding the time during the week days to sketch people live.

The first day, I sketched a few people that inspired me in the Sktchy App. I also tried sitting in the Pioneer Place Mall in downtown Portland, Oregon, but it appeared to be a quiet day. I got in some quick sketches. Ended up with 21. That was a good start!

The second day I sketched my housemates.

I added a little watercolor and liked that a lot.

Day three I did a combination of live sketches in a restaurant and some from photos. That is now 40/100 at the end of Wednesday.

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Day four I had to step it up and I had meetings all day long! I was snapping photos all day of coworkers and strangers so I could binge sketch that evening. Now 62/100.

The final day and I had 38 people to draw! I spent my lunch hour in the mall again. This time in the Roots Food Court at the Portland Roasting Coffee. The staff there are awesome. I reached my goal of 100 people by 10pm on Friday night.

The outcome of this challenge for me is a love of the spontaneous sketching of strangers and friends, and honing in on my ink skills.

The Adventures of Big Foot in Inktober


Inktober began in 2009 thanks to an artist, Jake Parker. He started Inktober as a way of challenging himself to improve his ‘inking skills’ and as a way of ‘developing positive drawing habits’.

Every year a new list of daily prompts or themes for the Inktober challenge in October. For the #Inktober2018 challenge, I decided to draw Big Foot everyday using theprompts.

Daily Art Journal


For the past couple of months, I have been sketching and/or painting in my art journal almost daily. Sktchy App I downloaded a free application on my phone called Sktchy.

The first challenge I participated in was the 30 days/30 pages (see earlier post, 30 pages/30 days). These were daily sketches with prompts and tips from one of three artists every day. I learned a lot and got in the habit of daily journaling.

My next challenge was with five artists for five days called ”Five Day Facial.” Each day was a different focus on a facial feature with a different artist. Eyes, Nose, Mouth, Ears and Hair. I have had no formal training in art so this was exciting to me and I learned a lot!

You can now subscribe to Sktchy for $4.95 a month and get daily artists with tips and a photo to draw. People upload their photos on Sktchy as well, to be inspirations. Then, many people draw them and tag the inspiration so you can just swipe right on your drawing and see the referenced photo underneath. You are also encouraged to hashtag the month and day so you can see everyone’s version of the same photo.

Below are some of the photos and sketches I have done over the past month or so. Sometimes there are different challenges, such as “create a story with this photo” or “try minimal lines and no color.”

 

 

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