...75 days, to be precise.
|Sketch 48 of 75 - my second attempt at life drawing - |
wee Brodie having a nap on her favourite chair.
Yes, I can now breathe a huge sigh of relief because Friday 5 April sees the end of the 75 day sketch challenge!!
Looking back over the last 75 days, I was excited to start the challenge. I was fired up with enthusiasm. I was a little less enthusiastic when I realised it was taking me well over an hour to do each sketch.
I became much braver by not relying on pencil and eraser to correct mistakes. I learnt I need to plan my composition better to ensure the subject fits on the page. I used up a whole box of fine tipped black pens on the course textured paper of my sketchbook.
I worked my way through as many breeds of dog as I could find in my dog calendar. I thanked Google for providing me with a lucky dip of animal inspiration for the remaining sketches.
I loved some sketches. I hated some sketches. I managed to get my sketching time down from an hour and 45 minutes to 15 minutes. It showed.
|Sketch 49 of 75|
I lost all enthusiasm and felt like a school kid obliged to do homework before getting to go outside and play. I moaned and groaned. Some days I didn't sketch. Some days I played catch up and did three sketches one after the other. I knew this wasn't really the point but I figured as long as I did 75 sketches in 75 days it didn't really matter. I vowed never to do another challenge that lasts that long. I was still glad I saw the challenge through to the end.
Even though this is the end of the challenge, I'm not showing you the final sketch today. Oh no, you lovely people have the joy of knowing that today I am showing you sketches 48, 49 & 50 so you've got a whole 25 still to go and I'm keeping them back to make sure I've got something to illustrate the next 25 blog posts with!!
I am hoping to have finished my latest painting by next Friday so you may get a reprieve from the ink drawings next week if you pop back to see what the subject of my painting is (and by inviting you back next Friday I've now set myself the challenge of making sure I finish it in time!)
|Peggy Gatto's dog, Simon - sketch 50 of 75|
The little guy above is Simon, Peggy Gatto's dog. She happened to comment on my blog on 8 March that she'd love me to sketch her dog, I said sure, she emailed me a photo and this was the outcome.
I'm linking up with Paint Party Friday and will, as always, do my best to pop over to visit with as many participants as I can.