Tag Archives: Drawing

Creative Juice #263

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Creative Juice #263

Beautiful things to look at, and hints for the creative lifestyle.

October Challenges

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If you’ve been following ARHtistic License for a while, you’ve probably noticed that I love challenges. Every October I participate in two—OctPoWriMo (October: Poetry Writing Month, not to be confused with April, National Poetry Month) and Inktober, a drawing challenge.

Now, you probably also know that I’m my husband’s caretaker, and his needs come first. If I miss a daily blog post, it’s either because Greg needed me, or I was exhausted by daily life and took a nap instead. I know my limitations, so I will not commit to producing 31 poems and 31 drawings in October. My goal is to write a poem on most odd-numbered days and make a drawing (or maybe a Zentangle—I’ve missed doing those) on most even-numbered days. If I end up doing 14 of each, I’ll be super pleased with myself.

I’m a little concerned about OctPoWriMo; I went to the website early this afternoon and it looked like it was in suspended animation. There isn’t any pre-OctPoWriMo buzz on it yet, but the header does say OctPoWriMo 2021. I may just go ahead and write poems anyway.

I’d like to extend the challenges to you, too! If you’ve been meaning to add a little creative art to your life, join in on one or both of the challenges. You are not obligated to do something every single day of the month, but it is a good discipline. If you’re going to try, let us know in the comments below. And each day in October, if you post your challenge offering on your blog or social media, add a link to the comments on one of my posts so we can all come and take a look at what you’ve done. I hope to hear from you soon!

Creative Juice #260

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Creative Juice #260

I didn’t set out to make this week’s offerings photography-heavy; it just turned out that way. Enjoy, shutterbugs.

Creative Juice #254

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Creative Juice #254

These articles fascinated me this week, and I wanted to share:

One Last Card

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Drawing (and painting) a person (or part of a person) almost every day in July for the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge and World Watercolor Month.

Day 61; Day 31

Click here to see the rest of my cards for these challenges.

Culmination of Index-Card-a-Day and World Watercolor Month Challenges

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I love challenges. They motivate me to do the things I wish I was doing all year long, such as drawing or making art if not every day, at least every other day.

This was my sixth year participating in these two challenges. As of yesterday, I’d completed 51 out of 61 cards for ICAD and 24 out of 31 little paintings for World Watercolor Month.

Almost done

If I manage to do one today, I will post it later.

Instead of following the suggested prompts for each day, I chose to work through the first few chapters of The Complete Book of Drawing People by Barrington Barber. My goal for the month was to systematically get better at drawing people. I don’t know that I actually did that, but I tried. I confess there were a couple of sketches that were so unsatisfactory I threw them away without photographing them. All the rest, the good, the bad, and the ugly, I posted on ARHtistic License and on Instagram, not because I’m so delusional that I thought they were all good, but because all our efforts are significant, even when we fail miserably. I have nothing to lose by showing you my less successful endeavors, and I might even entice you to try what you’re dreaming of creating if you know that it’s okay to have a learning curve.

I’d like to share again the ones I like the best:

Day 13

Day 20

Day 24

Day 25

Day 35; Day 5

And this next one is my #1 favorite this year. You can see by the lines that didn’t get totally erased that this is a proportion study:

Day 37; Day 7

It’s funny how subjective our preferences are. On Instagram, this is my drawing that got the most likes:

Day 6

I’m guessing he looks like a lot of people’s best friend.

#dyicad2021 Day 60/ #WorldWatercolorMonth Day 30

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Day 60/ Day 20

#dyicad2021 Day 59/ #WorldWatercolorMonth Day 29

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Drawing (and painting) a person (or part of a person) every day in July for the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge and World Watercolor Month.

Day 59/ Day 29

#dyicad2021 Day 58/ #WorldWatercolorMonth Day 28

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Drawing (and painting) a person (or part of a person) every day in July for the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge and World Watercolor Month.

Day 58/ Day 28

#dyicad2021 Day 57/ #WorldWatercolorMonth Day 27

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Of course, you knew I couldn’t do a two-month art challenge without including a unicorn:

Day 57/ Day 27