Thursday, 4 April 2013

The end of days...

...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. 

39 comments:

  1. These are all marvelous pen and ink drawings, Nic. I've sketched in pen without doing a preliminary outline in pencil in the past, but I don't feel comfortable with it at all. I guess I need to practice more like you did. Blessings!

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  2. I commend you for making it to the end of 75 days! That is so amazing. I know I would have pooped out long before the end. Reading your post and seeing your drawings progress over the time is really inspiring. To think that you not only shaved off time as you progressed... Your drawings evolved so beautifully. It amazes me to think at the 50 day mark that these beauties are only taking you 25 minutes. You are so very talented! Can't wait to see your painting.

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  3. Congratulations on completing the 75 day pen/ink only challenge, Nic. Gorgeous sketches with this post too! When I did the challenge, I had those days where I came close to giving up but I'm so glad I pressed on. Like you, I'm not sure I would take up a challenge that long again....30/31 days maybe, but not 75! lol

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  4. Congratulations on finishing the challenge, that is massive. Love the first sketch and it took only 20 mins, my hat goes off to you.

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  5. congratulations! i'm impressed! i just love your sketch of simon!
    happy Easter, happy PPF and thanks for sharing!
    hugs,
    peggy aplSEEDS

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  6. The sketches are beautiful! Valerie

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  7. Wonderful work and so much patience required! Well done for sticking with it xx

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  8. wow bravo for finishing the awesome challenge, you certainly put yourself under a considerable strain but the results are terrific. Loving your latest drawings and am sure Peggy will be thrilled to bits to see her dog sketched so beautifully here. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. What a beautiful sketches you have made, love the owl :)

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  10. Your pups are marvelous. Your ability to capture their expressions is great. I can relate to having something fun feel like schoolwork....Happy PPF. xox

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  11. I am sure your sketching improves when you do it every day (not unlike practicing the piano). Your sketches are amazing! I particularly like the pup in the chair. Happy PPF

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  12. Congratulations for completing the challenge! Wow, what a great achievement! I loved seeing your excellent scketches, and I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of them. Even though you weren't as enthusiastic about it all the time, it sounds like it was a great learning experience, and well worth doing. And I'm looking forward to seeing your next painting!

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  13. Thank goodness it's over? Yep - that's what I said, lol!
    But at least you did it - and you have 75 sketches in your book that may never have existed otherwise :0)
    This one is just AWESOME!!!! So much nicer than all of mine put together!

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  14. Your works are all so brilliant and fantastic...gorgeous lines and expressive energy...I love them all! Shine on..you are mega-talented! Sion is so sweet..the olw so soulful and magic..and the first one is my fave..breathtaking!
    Victoria

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  15. You must feel really proud of yourself for finishing all 75 sketches. I think they have all been great, and I think you should frame that sketch of Brodie and the owl pillow, it's priceless.

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  16. Great their animals come to life when you draw them. Saludos

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  17. I think you did a wonderful job on all of these sketches and can't wait to see the rest! You are very brave to give up the pencil and eraser! I would probably have a panic attack and freeze up lol.

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  18. Sketching for 75 days in a row is so impressive. You should really be proud of yourself for hanging in there and completing the challenge. Your sketches are wonderful! Simon is just adorable!!

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  19. Omg I absolutely adore these awesome detailed intimate perfect drawings! My new fave

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  20. the owl and the doggie... just love them! way to go without the pencil and eraser -- those are staple foods in my artistic diet. it would be like giving up wine, bread and cheese in real life!

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  21. Congratulations on completing the challenge. It sounds difficult but it also sounds like you learned alot by completing the challenge. You sketches are all wonderful but I totally fell in love with the first one. It is great.

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  22. Hi Nic:) Nice to meet you! I love your sketches. Very brave to do it till the end! Congrats:)

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  23. Love your sketches, the owl is fantastic! HPPF!

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  24. Your animal sketches are so expertly done. Peggy's little dog is so precious! Surely that one took several hours, not minutes.

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  25. I've been totally amazed at how quickly you do your awesome sketches!! You get so much depth and so much detail in such a short amount of time it boggles my mind!! congrats on seeing the challenge through!!

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  26. First off YEAH I'm here right from ppf!! No other way worked again...lol It is so worth it! You work is so impressive these sketches just wonderful... I bet Peggy is thrilled because her little one is adorable...love the owl and the owl and puppy dog... Good job....glad I made it to the party!! Can't wait to see more!

    Hugs Giggles

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  27. Your animal sketches are just terrific - amazing how much expression you can get with just a pen and paper! Peggy will love that dog sketch - it's really great. Congrats on sticking with the challenge - I don't think i would have made it. HPPF

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  28. Well done! I love the way you capture the weight and fall of the fur, especially on the last image. A challenge wouldn't be a "challenge" if we didn't have to force ourselves to do it on occassions!

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  29. Gosh what a marathon. Wish I had the confidence like you to do to use pen so freely. Fantastic artwork.

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  30. OH MY! I LOVE your drawing of simon!!!! You captured his look which is shy and it is perfectly delightful!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for taking your time to sketch Simon!
    You have a real talent!!!!!!!
    Did I say
    THANK YOU????????

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  31. Good for you for finishing the challenge you gave yourself. I am an animal lover, so I have enjoyed seeing these. Sometimes we do things and don't realise the benefits until years later. My drawing experience from years before, where I drew and drew and drew gave me very special insight into how I see things around me and interpret with line and value. I look at it as the solid foundation for everything I've ventured to do since. Love the drawing of Peggy Gatto's dog!

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  32. they are all such beautifully detailed sketches Nic!! I don't imagine myself taking on a challenge for as long as you did-I'd be going thru the same as you. I know Peggy-and I knew she'd LOVE this sketch. You're very talented. I'm looking forward to more of your sketches in the future.Have a great weekend!

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  33. Wow.. That's a lot of work you put into that challenge. All of them well done too and I adore that last one you did of Peggy's puppy. Think you did a wonderful life drawing too. I would never last that long on a challenge so take a bow you deserve a standing ovation. :) HPPF

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  34. Congrats on getting through the challenge. I simply love your art. You have a real talent for bringing out detail that seems effortless. A true gift.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  35. Congratulations on such an achievement - i have loved seeing your sketches and I am glad you still have some to share. I love your sketch if brodie its amazing the detail you have achieved in such a small amount of time x

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  36. I don't know what you're talking about, I loved all your sketches! But I know what you mean when you take on something like that and then half-way through you wished you hadn't.

    Simon is very cute.

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  37. Lol! Darn! We have to wait for the rest. I love how you summarized your feelings of this challenge. But isn't it like that with everything in life? We get excited in the beginning for all the possibilities, then we freak out a little, get used to it, then get bored and frustrated and just want it over with already. :) At least you have 75 sketches to show for it and a few lessons learned. I applaud you!

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