This was something nice to try out. I made a total of 159 daily sketches, both pencil drawings and digital creations. I might do this again, but for now, I have to stop. For one thing, it was draining me: It takes time to do this and I often lost sleep to do these. I miss sleep. Also, the day that would have been 160, I had no time at all, I needed to concentrate on other things and I will have to continue concentrating on other things.
It's a huge collection I have left behind! I am proud of myself, I didn't expect to get over 10, 50, 100 or even 150, but I did it! Did I get any better? I did, I think. I tried out things and I learned things and I am pleased with the outcome. Thank you to all who supported me, who left comments and Fav'ed and everyone who simply had a look at what I did. Without you, I would have stopped way earlier.
There are a few additional things I will upload. Not much and not officially part of the daily sketches.
The entirety of this project has been documented here, you can see every single day below.
I will do one traditional sketch every day! Here's how I came to this decision: Two things came together; I had just finished watching Groundhog Day for the first time and although I don't count this to my favourite movies, I felt restless, and it must be good, because so far, it is the only movie to have potentially changed my life; the second thing is ToddNTheShiningSword, my deviantArt friend whom I suspect to be a professional artist who is trolling the internet by creating flawed drawings (do check him out, you will be surprised what lies beyond the illusion of crayon colouring).
Here are the rules I set for myself:
Edit: Something unforeseeable happened: I got a graphics tablet. I intend to use it. This is why the rules needed to change!
Pencil drawings on paper Pencil drawings or drawing pad creations
One every day, no excuses, no matter where I am or how tired I am
If one day, I don't make one, this will stop. No more daily pencil drawings
It will mainly be submitted to Scraps
For those who don't want to +watch my scraps, I will also put it in this Journal entry, notification for watchers will be once a month on the first (or the next day I can).
The goal is to eventually become better. Let's see if I can reach that goal.
It is possible that dA posts will not be regular.
Day 159: I've seen a lot of stickman animations. But I never made one myself.
Day 158: This was inspired by the newest video of Aug(De)Mented Reality:
Day 157: Uh-oh, not a lot of time in the coming days. Better do something simple. I'v always wanted to do a simple wobbling lines animation, so I made the alphabet with three frames.
Day 156: OK, so I was out of ideas again, but then I found a contest!
This is my entry for this contest by . I incorporated the themes rhythm by making the star pulse like a living thing and wind by making the solar winds.
Flash is useful because converting the image to a GIF decreases the quality massively.
Day 155: Started out in my brain long time ago, when I was watching an episode of Elementary where Everyone was watching. This is one of the few opportunities to see the initial sketch right next to the next step.
Day 154: It's getting increasingly hard to find ideas again. Lyrics can only replace ideas that much.
I stole a ride on a passing star Not knowing where I was going How near or how far Through years of light, lands of future and past Until the heavenly gates Were sighted at last
Starrider, rider, rider Take me to the stars Starrider, rider, rider Show me where you are
Day 153: Here's Mr Bubbles again from 142, resting after a long day. Some say he is sleeping. Others say he is trying to take the whole building down with a pneumatic drill.
Day 152: Ummm... it started with a random doodle... of a bear... and then, I drew a kangaroo... I might or might not have quickly searched kangaroos on Google Images.
Day 151: Remember when I said I needed more colour? This is what I meant!!! Oren Lavie is a great musician. Too bad he didn't write more music. One of his most impressive tracks is "A Dance 'Round the Memory Tree", which I tried to capture. Also, after having binge-watched several videos of him on YouTube, I drew him almost from memory. I had to check for his hair and his beard, but I think this looks great.
Words we have said Grew in my head Colored my thoughts Sang me to bed
Lost memories Grew into trees Covered the doors Swallowed the keys
Day 150: After the last animation, I thought I needed more colour. This is a loop test, each frame has about three lines of sand particles.
Day 149: In search of new ideas, I thought I'd check out contest. Unfortunately, contests are mostly about character drawings... Finally, I found the Elementals Contest by . I read "Earth, Fire, Water, Air, and Uranium?" and immediately thought "I can do that!". So I did.
Day 148: Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun! Also not accurate, but who cares?
Day 147: Nerdfighters! This is obviously traced from a photo that I made. You may call it a self-portrait.
This is my entry to the monthly challenge by . July's theme was plug.
Esther Day is a holiday on August 3, commemorating Nerdfighter Esther Earl's birthday. It is celebrated to remind Nerdfighters to vocalize their love for friends and family. It is a celebration of love, specifically non-romantic love, and involves nerdfighters telling friends, family members and others that they love them.
Nerdfighter Esther Earl died of thyroid cancer in 2010. Before her passing, John spoke with Esther and proposed that he and Hank would like to continue to celebrate her birthday for as long as vlogbrothers continued. The love theme was requested by Esther when told that the day could be about anything she chose
Basically, it's like Valentine's Day, just for all kinds of love, not just for lovers.
Day 146: Animating monsters is fun? Animating monsters is fun. This was made while watching an episode of The Art Assignment. Right now I cannot participate in the newer episodes because I lack the resources. Or rather: The resources are too far away right now. Grmbl.
Day 145: I was tired and I didn't really know what to do... so I combined a few things: :dev-flyingislands-here:, pencil sketching, day 58 and um... more pressure on the paper than I should use. I am aware of the hands. Luckily, this is a fantasy drawing. Even though it wasn't intended that way. At all.
Day 144: There! I did it! A complete walkcycle. Now I just need someone to use my animations in a video game or something like that. Heck, if those people want me to alter something, I'd gladly do it.
Day 143: Continued the next day. I like doing those. Maybe I should do more monster walkcycles.
Day 142: That looks weirder than I wanted it to be. But I like the bubbles. During a chat event of , made the suggestion that I animate a man swimming underwater. So that's what I made. Not swimming, but still underwater.
Day 141 Because this, somehow, is one of the earliest animations I remember. So I recreated it.
Day 140: Another one for . I planned to make it a good 3D rotation, but apparently, after all that work, I failed.
Day 139: You might recognise this from one of my bookmarks: That's right, not much time, so I'm re-purposing again.
Day 138: Time for a 3D fail. Well, this is what the test cubes are all about.
Day 137: Just a random doodle, I guess. Do you recognise the lyrics in the title?
Day 136: First animation for a while. Wasn't entirely ready to let go the topic of the last days. For those of you who don't recognise it, these are fingers walking. Mh...
Day 135: All right, last hand study! For now. Back to animations.
Day 134: Red and green, cramped hand and thumbs up, wrong and right. In truth, the colours are random.
Day 133: I could have sworn I drew those on different days... chronologically, the right one was created first. I like ambiguous titles.
Day 132: I think this is when I realised that there is a limited amount of interesting hand poses.
Day 131: More hands. I realised that I had to draw more hands because they were so fun to draw!
Day 130 More self-portraits! OK, so this is the first part of a series of hands I drew. I have a small confession to make: I know in what order I drew these hands, but I don't remember how many and which ones I drew at what day. I'll still apply the numbers for the days as if nothing happened. I'm fairly certain that I got day 130 right.
Day 129: Having comfortable footwear is important. So here's a pair of slippers.
Day 128: I think that's the corkscrew I grew up with. Wait, that sounds weird. I don't drink a lot. Only occasionally, really. I don't like the efect alcohol has on me, but in moderation... insert joke about how my drinking behaviour seems like homoeopathy to some.
Day 127: Wow. That looks much nicer, now that I have coloured it. I used to dislike watermelons as a kid (but I liked the artificial flavour called watermelon). Now, I'm OK with them.
Day 126: A hot day, a long trip behind us, so instead of playing volley ball at this oversized sand box, most of us just chilled in the sun loungers. I liked the temparature. So I took the opportunity and studied two girls, about 20-30 minutes each (after that, they suddenly decide that it's important to socialise and they tend to move a lot during their conversations).
Day 125: Before meeting with some guys and their search and rescue dogs, I drew the two dogs on the left. Obviously, I had no idea what a dog actually looked like. Afterwards, I knew more about canine anatomy and drew the rest. Which shows that I am incredibly good... at drawing ugly dogs not corresponding to reality. Those dogs are constantly in motion, making a study virtually impossible for me. Which is why I had to draw from memory.
Day 124: Realising I left my stylus at home, I had to begin pencil sketches again. This is the first one. A Western. I don't watch Westerns. And I can't draw horses (or human faces, for that matter).
Day 123: What a funny number. Long time, no update. I was away for a week and after that, I forgot where I saved the file. Also, now I need to scan all those pencil drawings I did because I forgot to bring along the stylus of my drawing pad...
This would be the second time I used Reddit's daily sketch topics. You know that one game called Mensch ärgere dich nicht, right?
Day 122: Taking idioms literally. OK, to have a running nose has been done so many times already. But I wanted to try something walking from another angle.
Day 121: Because why not? This idea came rather quickly to me.
Day 120: Sarah and John introduced us to Lauren Zoll and she had an interesting challenge for us: Turning off a screen (for a change) and look at what reflects in it.
I chose the display of my digital clock and I chose to put my analogue watch in front of it. You know, à la: time goes on even without the clock. Of course, as it is part of my daily challenge, it is not a photo, it is a study.
The red yellow and blue colours are not randomly chosen, in fact, they were the colours from the different light sources, I only exaggerated it a bit. Blue: It's the light of my webcam. Yellow: It's the light of my regular light bulb. Red: There's some wood in the background, the light reflecting from there makes it a bit reddish.
Why did I make it so small!? I almost finished with the whole thing and I noticed that it was just way too small!
EPISODE 9 INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Turn off a screen.
2. Take a photo of only the screen.
3. Make sure to think about color, pattern, and form. Do not include any humans in the frame.
5. Fame and glory (your work might be featured in a future episode).
Day 119: I thought 118's gnome was so good that I made another version of him. Who knows, maybe I'll make a turnaround of him sometime in the future.
Day 118: The library I work in has this mascot: a reading dwarf. I made this, but they didn't ask for it, so I didn't show them... I think I'll leave it on their image folder so that they can discover it after I left. It could also be something I could easily use somewhere else.
This was done right after a live-stream with the Patreon team (including founders Jack Conte and Sam Yam) and some Patreon artists (Trudbol/Julien Neel was there) and investors (Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit and Chris Paik).
Patreon is a website that allows fans to support artists financially by giving money for every released work. Like Kickstarter, just not for one-time projects, but for continuous support. Some great artists release only 4 creations per month (or even less) and it costs money for those to be made without being payable (i.e. publicly available and maybe, maybe some ads bringing in very little money). Plus, you get perks.
As soon as my paying information are set up, I will finally be able to support my favourite creators!
Day 116: Even less time. So I re-purposed 115's material.
Day 115: Not much time these next few days.
Day 114: Encouraged by day 112, I made this. It's pretty much OK, but it looks like it's melting, which isn't quite as impressive as the last time.
Day 113: This is my entry for 's monthly challenge. June's theme was order. I didn't know what to do, so it was time for some more test cubes.
Day 112: Yes! A great idea, a good execution, what more can I ask for? Morphing is fun.
I'm a magician, I'll say it's real. I got nothing up my, nothing up my sleeve. Freaks and Clowns by Jack Conte
Day 111: I was out of ideas again. I probably should have tried to do something anyway, but there was a live chat for ProjectComment and it's always a good time there. Luckily, Riemea gave me this idea. I obviously don't know a thing about how birds fly, but I think it looks cool anyway.
Day 110: Tired again. This time, I had a plan: repurposing. A long time ago - 2 or 3 years back - I designed bookmarks. Nothing fancy, just bookmarks with books in them: Kids have a great time colouring them and cutting them out. Anyway, I used the bookmark on the top and made this animation out of the book.
Day 109: Huge failure. I was really tired. And then, I had this idea. What was I thinking!? Let's just move on.
Day 108: As always, I was running out of ideas. So, I went to the chat and finally, Primitica suggested something like drawing a girl in a boat, touching the stars below like she would touch water. That was a bit too complex a drawing, for it was late in the evening. Instead, I only drew the boat. Man, 3D is hard. For the background, I looked up tutorials, instead I ended up using an online drawing tool called Neonfames. And I drew my onw nebula. Now it has colours. Pretty.
I uploaded the background as a separate, big deviation: click here
Day 107: Hehehe, I don't know, I like the idea. Yay, another walkcycle!
Day 106: It all started with the octahedron, but then I began watching John Green's livestream about the opening game of the football world cup. The sphere doesn't look as good as planned.
Day 105: I took the crab robot from the day before and now you can see why I named it that way. If I had more time, I would have made the animation more fluid. These are only the basic keyframes of the animation.
Day 104: Originally, I intended to make the robot walk, but there was no time! Instead I tried something else. Lasers! Hm... I have looked on Reddit's daily sketch topics for quite a while now, but this is the first time I made something out of it.
Day 103: Look Ma, no reference! Ugh... The lack of correct anatomy is doubled by the incorrect animation. However, I did apply what I learned from my self-portrait on day 2. I made a skeleton first. Because that's how professionals do it. Drawn in a train. Don't draw in trains.
Day 102: I guess it's time for more lyrics.
Don't build your world around Volcanoes melt you down
And What I am to you is not real What I am to you, you do not need What I am to you is not what you mean to me You give me miles and miles of mountains And I'll ask for the sea
Day 101: Drawn in a train. Don't draw in trains. I made perspective lines first. Which is the only way I can draw something in 3D, apparently. Yay for tetrahedrons! It's not a regular one, but it still is a tetrahedron.
Day 100: Inspired by day 99, I made this. And then decided to not continue to do this the next day. Because I am simply not good at human figures, even if it is as simplified as this one.
Day 99: Probably inspired by Lore and StarCrafts. Maybe add some background motion...
Day 98: Less time. More test cubes.
Day 97: Name: Ret Samys Assignment: Episode 8 - Walk on it Title: [D97] Animated too hastily Preferred pronouns: he/his
This art assignment was about walking on a painted surface. The art of process and result. Which means digital media are excluded from this one. And I don't care. There's no way I will upload a film or a photo for the art assignment. So I'm doing my own thing (and not officially submit it to Sarah Green, both because I didn't follow the instructions and because the result is rather mediocre).
Episode 8 Instructions: 1. Find a big piece of wood or board 2. Paint it heavy with a color that you love 3. Put on a fabulous pair of shoes and walk on it. When it looks cool, you’re done. 4. Upload it to your social media platform of choice with #theartassignment 5. Fame and glory. (Your work might be featured in a future episode.)
Day 96: No ideas. Not much time. What to do? Tests. Cubes. Test cubes.
Day 95: Drawn in a train. Don't draw in trains. You might remember my surreal fruits... well, I have another one for you! You probably shouldn't get too close. Throw ice cream at it!
Day 94: How hard are turnarounds? Hard. Very hard. I don't really think threedimensional. Oh, and I can't draw circles if I'm tired. I made this after coming back home late, watching X-Men:Days of Future Past. And hey, first time using colour in an animation!
Day 93: I am proud of myself. This is... the only real animation I made. It's frame-by-frame. It was planned out by using both keyframes and a skeleton-like structure. It could have been better if I actually looked at how caterpillars move. Even briefly. But I didn't. Have a look at these contractions: Drawn in a train. Don't draw in trains.
Day 92: That didn't work and I know why. I should have thought of the arm as an arm with an ellbow instead of something without any bones in it at all. That way, it would have looked more naturally.
Day 91: One of the most generic and simple ideas, but I really didn't know what else to do. And I was tired again. So, here's a talking watering can. Have fun!
Day 90: I was bored and sometimes, I visit the chat to see if someone can help me find an idea. I had a discussion with jesseyyy and she showed me her poem Words Hurt. While the poem was not my cup of tea, I had this idea. And I like it! I think it's well done.
Day 89: A fluffball, a hair headed creature, a thing that just came out of its bed and it's tired enough to go right back to bed. It's about as tired as I felt while creating it.
Day 88: It's a human (ostensibly)... with a talking cardboard box as a head. And all is hand drawn - as always. Which is why part of the animation is out of perspective (more than the rest).
Day 87: Humans are hard. No reference used, obviously. I still have no idea what I'm doing wrong. I mean, there must be something wrong, right? I am bad at anatomy, so there is something anatomically totally incorrect in this image. But I can try as much as I want, I won't find out what it is. If someone could point me in the right direction?
Bonus points to everyone who can guess what music video inspired this.
Day 86: Too lazy to fix the preview image. What is the simplest possible walkcycle? Aside from lowering the amount of keyframes, I'd say it's only having one foot!
Day 85: OK. That was fun!!! Takes a looot of time, though. As far as I know, this is how trees grow - in an oversimplified way. Looking forward to making more animations.
Day 84: This is for 's monthly challenge. This month, the theme was fall. I used the GIMP and my Wacon Bamboo for the drawings (the rocks, the figure and the frames of the figure with the flapping clothing) and CreaToon for the falling animation. Compiled and optimised in GIMP.
One of the many advantages of using a drawing tablet and GIMP is that I can finally do some frame-by-frame animation! This is the first of hopefully many more animations I did with it. These kinds of animations take a lot of time. No matter how simple it is, it'll always take at least two hours. Both the initial sketch and the tracing demand way more than expected. Oh well...
Day 83: Well... this is about trying new things. Maybe I should have a look at some tutorials before trying something like this. Moving on.
Day 82: Well, that looks nice, doesn't it? Lunch boxes have been part of my life as long as I can remember.
Day 81: Hm... sketches with the drawing tablet will take a lot more time than pencil sketches. Pencil work can be done in 30 minutes, I need at least 1 hour for the tablet work
Day 80: So, here we are! First real sketch with the drawing tablet. I chose to study what was on my desk. One of the big advantages with the drawing tablet is that you can overlay reflections and other bright areas without any problem. I have much to learn!
Day 79: This is a graphics tablet. It's the Wacom Bamboo model. I got it as a belated birthday present. This marks the end of the sketches as you have come to know it. From now on, traditional pencil sketches will only be made if it is inconvenient for me to make a digital drawing. Coincidentally, this also fills the last page of my sketchbook. Having completed the sketchbook was a partial goal for the daily sketches (as were some numbers: 50 - which I managed to achieve and 100 - which I am still progressing to). Without putting in any real effort, I made a quick test with the tablet. I chose to draw November, a doodle that I use pretty much whenever I doodle: There are many advantages to a drawing tablet. The main disadvantage is my lack of experience. I have drawn with pencils ever since I was a little child, now I actually need to learn how to use the digital tools properly. Exciting times lie ahead.
Day 78: I hate it not to have time and being tired, but sometimes that's just what happens. This is one of those days and I tried making some demons.
Day 77: Good thing the internet could help me identify the flower. A peony. Never heard of it. Probably would have called it a rose... I took a walk and after what felt like an hour, I found a small garden and the light was just right to draw one of those flowers. This time, I really took advantage of the fact that I would digitally colour it and deliberately didn't shade it.
Day 76: In this episode of The Art Assignment, we found out about the beginnings of surrealism. Intriguing. Now it is our turn to make something out of random parts of sentences glued together. Watch the episode here. Episode 7 Instructions: 1. Visit www.whathowandwhere.com and click to receive an instruction. 2. Do the instruction and document it using any museum medium. 3. Upload to social media using #theartassignment. 4. Fame and glory. (Your work might be featured in a future episode.)
I made the lines with a pencil and I tried out my drawing tablet for the colours. Improvised background. Improvised rocks, stones, clouds and anything else in the background. OK, I had a brief look at some speed-paints for the clouds.
I still fail at anatomy.
Day 75: Oh, I was tired. I started to sketch a water bottle and realised that I did everything wrong. I then made a dragon, making soap bubble fishies, but I didn't like that either. Same went for the vampire. Then, I pretty much gave up, just made a doll, an eye and then November and then the page was filled... pffff...
Day 74: I think I must have changed my point of view at one time, because this clearly merges two different perspectives together.
Toilet paper. Remember when I said I am running out of ideas? Well... this is what happens. I edited it to be red because I did blue with the pillow some days before... and I don't think that other colours would fit well. Here's the alternate version in blue:
Day 72: Mmmh... I am not a landscape artist. It is no excuse that it was getting dark faster than expected.
Day 71: That day and some of the following days, I was tired and it is getting much too late to draw something good (apparently). So, here, have some terrible monsters. I don't really know what I was thinking. Also, since I'm not always home, I tried out an online image editing website called Pixlr. I am missing some very important tools there, but it is better than nothing, I guess. I still have high hopes for dA Muro, it seems to be improving.
Day 70: I was going outside and after 25 minutes of walking and looking what I could draw, I came to a river and found this bridge. It looks older than it is. After 15 minutes of drawing, the wind begun to blow. Five to ten minutes later, it began to rain. I quickly traced some lines and ran home. Good thing I did that, I was all wet when I got back and it continued to rain some more.
Day 69: It was my birthday and I thought I'd reward myself with a really, really simple cake. Nothing big.
Day 68: This was a great idea! Why didn't I think of it before? I also like it with the blue background that I added digitally.
Day 67: As you can see, I have little experience with irons.
Day 66: This is not a real mouse. Obviously. This is a pebble stone that was painted green, then a wool tail and some Styrofoam paper for the ears were glued to the right places and a permanent marker made the face. My mother made lots of them. They look nice.
Day 65: I see less and less digital cameras (and even less film cameras) these days because people use their mobile devices. But that doesn't mean they don't exist.
Day 64: I felt like doing something surreal again. So I mixed a ship, a coffee mill and a windmill together and tried out some clouds. I like windmills. Maybe I should go see a real one and draw it one day...
Day 63: Are these dying out, too, now that we have smartphones?
Day 62: Are you old enough to remember these? This is a Floppy Disc and people used it to store data. It's magnetic. Which means you have to keep it away from magnets or everything on it will be erased. I realised it was rather flat and thus not very interesting, but it was already too late, so I did this very quickly and sloppily.
Day 61: These are just lying around, never used. I got a whole painting set once... but I cannot operate it. I'm not a painter and I wouldn't like the thought of being one - I don't know why, it's just not me.
Day 60: Steampunk. I like most aspects of steampunk. And the internet is a wonderful place, providing me with what I am interested in. And I wanted some steampunk music. It was surprisingly hard to find something I liked. "The Dolls of New Albion, A Steampunk Opera" finally hit me with its overture. Fantastic. I listened to the rest and was a bit disappointed because it became repetitive and a biit dull at places. I found out that it was supposed to be a musical and that explained everything. However, there are a few songs that I did like and some are now amongst my favourites. I recommend these songs:
New Albion 1
The Old Trunk in the Attic
Fay Considers Edgar's Proposal
Priscilla and Jasper play Cards
Some of these are great when it comes to music, others have good lyrics. But the only one besides the overture to capture my heart was New Albion 1, the epic story about a town, building itself around a perfect introduction: a gambler and a monk, travelling and arguing about god and chance and fate, and the game of cards to resolve the discussion doesn't end!!! Poetic.
Here now, we have New Albion in the first act, at its cultural peak, airships, machines, mafia, alchemists... and Annabelle McAlistair who invents the formula for raising up the dead. She probably didn't know that this would be the start of the New Albion trilogy, starting with the Steampunk Opera, continuing with "The New Albion Radio Hour, A Dieselpunk Opera" and ending with the yet to be released Atompunk Opera.
... New Albion today With bustling streets, machines, cafes And the nice, the wise, the eccentric and insane The Mafia’s run by A red haired dwarf with just one eye Whose affairs he decides with a pair of silver dice
Over the Zeppelin Union Pilots A castrati boss presides And we hear his song each afternoon as he flies by There’s prisons made of lead And gargoyles of iron shreds And Annabelle McAlistair who’s raising up the dead Annabelle McAlistair who’s raising up the dead ... The Dolls Of New Albion, A Steampunk Opera - New Albion 1 by Paul Shapera (Mochalab)
Day 59: You know you have no idea what to draw when you draw the wall in front of you...
Day 58: I participated in ep. 5 of the Art Assignment and I think that I will try to participate in as many of the future ones as possible - as long as I do the daily sketches, of course.
In this episode, Robyn O’Neil told us about the figure-ground relationship and challenged us to draw a psychological landscape. You can see the episode here and these are the instructions:
Get a piece of paper and something to draw with.
Create a ground on your picture plane
Populate the ground with figures and give them human-like characteristics.
Fame and glory. (Your work might be featured in an upcoming video.)
Somehow, after a few lines, I knew exactly what I wanted to draw. The deserted, Moon- or Mars-like desolated surface with craters and cracks together with the lonely character walking around in his own realm is massively influenced by modern media. Neil Gaiman's Sandman, Dr. Manhattan from The Watchmen, some villains made out of ravens or feathers or emanate smoke (from The Prince of Persia to Snow White and the Huntsman, they seem to be lurking in places you would never expect and they seem to share the same characteristics). Also, a substantial amount of visual effects and very dramatic camera movement made it into this still image.
That's why I thought that the title "Overly Dramatic" was appropriate. Maybe it's cliché or exaggerated, but it is something that gets me every time I see it on screen. And dark characters in high contrast. And fantastic, verging on surreal, landscapes. And visual effects. Sometimes even an indestructible person in a hostile environment.
Day 57: I went back to my quiet place and there's a fountain not far from there. After looking it up and having trouble with the translation (in German, springs and fountains and wells are all called Brunnen unless further specified), I finally found out that this kind of fountain is called an abreuvoir. I didn't draw the basin. The full number is 1887.
Day 56: I don't understand cars. I don't know anything about their design. And that's probably why I can't draw them...
Day 55: This is my entry to 's monthly challenge. This month's challenge was Kingdom. Here are the single cards:
This is what my old art would have looked like if I had the knowledge. Well, OK, I can do much more and it would look way better, but I didn't want to invest too much time. Editing the daily sketches shouldn't be too consuming.
Considering that I like Alice, it shouldn't have taken me so long to come up with the concept, but yeah, it took me over two weeks to have the idea for the challenge.
Day 54: This travelling bag is well in use. I need it regularly. Good thing this is just a sketch, it would be bad if a featured deviation was cut off just because I went out of paper on one side.
Day 53: The pencil sharpener has become an important tool over the eternity that is now more than 50 days. Usually, I use one that has a shavings box so that I don't have to stand right next to a bin to avoid a mess. This is a right-handed sharpener, which means that you have to rotate the pencil clockwise. I don't even remember having ever used a left-handed sharpener.
Day 52: I already knew what I would draw, but I panicked when I couldn't find my sketchbook! Sure, I could have drawn on a normal sheet of paper, but I wouldn't have my sketchbook filled as quickly. So I brushed my teeth first, looked for my sketchbook everywhere and finally found it... inside the photo album that you see opened below! It was well beyond midnight, but thankfully, I could afford to stay up late. So I put some more toothpaste on my toothbrush and began to draw. Some would consider this a waste, but a splat of dentifrice is well worth the art, I'd say.
Day 51: For a "baby shower" (or "baby party", something that slowly becomes a thing in the non-US parts of the world where I am), I had to choose from photos of my first moments. Interesting that the times I have no memories of are safely contained in vast quantities in these books. Oh yeah, more books!
Day 50: I still can't believe 3D is a thing now. I don't know, somehow a waste of technology, at least for most films.
Day 49: The colours didn't come out the way I wanted them to. But that's to be expected, I have no experience in this kind of stuff.
This is my entry to Sarah Green's (and John Green's) The Art Assignment. It's my first time participating, but I don't think it will be my last time. The Art Assignment is a weekly video challenge about art that anybody can participate in - you don't even have to be skilled at anything! As long as you create and document, it can be written, it can be photographed - and in my case, due to my daily sketches, it is drawn (and digitally coloured). The Episode 5 challenge was made by Jace Clayton, aka DJ Rupture. Here are the instructions:
Go outside and talk a walk from where you live or are staying at the moment.
Continue until you’ve found the quietest place possible.
Take a moment to absorb it. Then document the place through photography or video. Upload it to your social media platform of choice using #theartassignment.
Fame and glory. (Your work might be featured in an upcoming video.)
I watched the newest Art Assignment video. I was restless. So I went for a walk. I decided to give it a try. Finding a quiet place in a small town isn't so difficult, but finding the quietest place turned out to be impossible. I thought it would be easier, but it was a sunny day, there are people everywhere, streets and cars everywhere, lawn mowers, a whole lot of bikers... and birds. They were quite loud at places, so that didn't really count, right? Then, finally, I thought I had found the place. Mid-town (surprisingly), isolated, big walls everywhere - a bit further, there's lots of grass and more plants, but you'll have a street near there. It took me five minutes (which is more than it sounds like) to have a look around. The place looks old. That's only partially due to the older buildings, some parts were deliberately left unattended, plants grew wildly on a balcony higher up... I began sketching. I noticed it was getting dark, I had to hurry a bit. Ten minutes in, two cars drove in, a door opened, people began talking very joyfully and very loudly. I finished my sketch and when I left, they began to play music. I don't think that's the quietest place any more. But it was at one time, for at least twenty minutes.
I was a bit disappointed, but when I returned home, I realised that I had fun and that I will participate in the Art Assignment in the future!
Day 48: In search of a new object, I paid my bathroom a visit. Had to, really. I found this advertising gift that I haven't used. A useless thing that demands to be drawn.
I apologise to those without a dA account and to those with the mature filter on, but this is a nude woman I tried to draw, so I had to check "Mature Content". I swear, this just started with the hair and I somehow just couldn't stop! I like the colours. The background is very easy to look at. The colours I digitally mixed into the drawing are a bit random, but I like those, too. For those of you who are like me and have no understanding of anatomy: This one is very faulty. The most obvious bad parts are the neck (way too thick), the head dimension (too small in comparison with the body) and the face (faces are the most difficult thing to draw, period!).
Nevertheless, I am very satisfied with this one, since no reference and, obviously, no model was used. This was made from scratch.
Day 46: I tried to draw some lyrics again. This is what came out. If you use Firefox, you'll be able to see some animation. This is still a pencil sketch, but the colours are inverted and I digitally coloured some of the lines red.
First picture: Inspired by "It Makes No Difference Who We Are" by Celldweller. I drew a black star and November on it. A bit like the little prince. November is kind of my OC, I scribble him a lot. Second picture: Inspired by "The Driver" by Savlonic. Anatomy fail. I tried to compensate by colouring it digitally in red. I noticed too late that I didn't write the lyrics before scanning it. So I had to add the text in the GIMP.
No price to great no distance too far If I can wish upon a Blackstar It makes no difference where they are They'll grant my wish upon a Blackstar It Makes No Difference Who We Are by Celldweller
I stole your keys 'cos you stole my heart It seems like a fair trade to me Now I will drive around in your car It helps me to feel free The Driver by Savlonic
Day 45: This is my phone. In its casing. Model: Samsung Player One
Day 44: It was just a matter of time until I began drawing books. Or a whole pile of books...
Day 43: I don't really use umbrellas, but this bent old thing was lying around and I had something to draw.
Day 42: I didn't know what to draw again, so I turned on my favourite tracks. After a while, I began scribbling.
Where, oh where did this come from? Oh my God, my head's a gun. I let myself go. Kitchen Fork by Jack Conte
I drew a sound from the belly of the well. I've loosened my grip on the rope that pulls the water pail. I threw a quarter down. I'm gonna dive down after it. I hope that Truth of Soul was right to say there isn't a bottom to hit, 'cause if there is, then throw a shovel down To let the world come in as an easy fit. I'm gonna dig, dig, dig. I'm gonna dig, dig, dig. Dig by Splashdown with the amazingly talented Melissa Kaplan
Day 41: I drew this, not knowing that I the sketch from the day before was named similarly to this one in English. Black pepper and bell pepper are two very different things. I'm really running out of things to draw. I might have to give up studies. Not quite yet. But what could I draw next?
Day 40: I'm slowly running out of things to draw. So I drew this pepper can.
Day 39: This is the same object twice. You can pull the carabiner apart and it transforms into a pen. I got this one on the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Day 38: Oh, this is horrible. I hate it when I don't have time. It's the same dice three times, by the way.
Day 37: The other side of the mortar says 'Tahiti'. I have no idea how to draw textures such as wood... I don't think this has ever been used.
Day 36: Ignore that weird head on the bottom... And it's really sketchy... OK, so I thought: If I don't find things to study fast enough, I'll have to find something else. And something else means song lyrics! This song is Like a Match by Jack Conte.
I took my head for its midnight walk. No, no, I hadn't been outside in days. I kept the leash by my side, but it wasn't quite tight, And I lost it.
Day 35: Ugh. Just... what? I'm not proud of this one. It was a long day of seminar and I was tired. Let's just move on...
Day 34: Another day in seminar. I borrowed a match from someone. While drawing, I realised that today's matches lack imperfection, which leads to less details. Boring. So I went outside and chose a leaf. I don't even know what kind of leaf, other than it comes from a tree.
Day 33: I was on a seminar, no internet connection. Still, I needed to continue my challenge. Luckily, there are objects everywhere. Phew.
Day 32: OK, so apparently, croissants do not have to be crescent shaped, especially when it's not made in a real bakery, but mass produced in a convenient store in their ovens. Hm... I'm too lazy to fix the colour. I don't like it. It makes it look a bit like what it unbecomes after it has served its purpose.
Day 31: This is an original character and an original creature by . I'm so sorry. No, I'm not, but it looks weird and different from Dappy. I did not reference any image other than to look up how the eyes looked and how many legs Dappy had (he seems to have six legs and two arms). I tried to imagine how his body worked. Dappy seems to be a mollusc, as far as his arms are concerned, a dinosaur, as far as his head+neck+torso is concerned, a spider when he runs towards you... yet, it seems to be clear that his head is somehow supported by something other than muscles and brain. So, I went ahead and thought about cartilage and muscles while drawing him. Other than that, I thought of Dappy like of a regular mammal (because that's what I'm used to). This means there is a spine which would look interesting, considering there are three legs that need to be cushioned... I don't know about the pelvis(es?). The neck doesn't fit into that, I should have thought it out a bit more...
Day 30: Apparently, it's not all that easy to translate "Brötchen" into English. The English buns or rolls differ from the German bread rolls. Oh well, bread is different everywhere and yet the same.
Day 29: I found some stones. This one got a bit chaotic, but I like it.
Day 28: Hm... why rats? Because I'm into animation films. And some of them feature rats. The one on top is probably inspired by The Secret of Nimh. The next one was supposed to be an assassin... yeah, I know... and the final one... well, it has something to do with rats leaving boarding a ship.
Day 27: First, I drew another broken world. I realised that the style I chose wasn't working for me. So I tried out something different. My dA friend 's style is a bit unusual and recently, I have looked at a lot of his work, mainly his OC Eva. Well, it wasn't all that good of an idea either... Next, I tried to measure myself with a god. What was I thinking? Chris Riddell is the most amazing drawer I know about. This is my attempt at recreating his character Ottoline in the style of Chris Riddell. And since I'm used to profiles, I thought that might help. Hm... Oh, one thing: I did not reference any drawing, I made it all from memory.
Day 26: 70% alcohol, in a small glass bottle for medical purposes. The bottle has a chemical dropper/pipette. The original bottle distorts the whole content even more and the liquid is yellowish, which would make it darker... and the pipette is warped in a way that it shouldn't be, but I still like the outcome of this one.
Day 25: Drawn in a train. Do not draw in trains.
Day 24: Saw one of those lying around in my parent's house.
Day 23: Drawn in a train. Don't draw in trains. This is for Dreamers-Welcome's monthly challenge. This month's theme was break.
Day 22: Well... this is not a study... which explains the lack of realism... I need to draw more edible things... I was tired when doing this.
Day 21: Well, that paid off! I really, really like this. This surreal moon. This beauty! It was inspired by the many good surreal drawings I have seen on dA and by the style of the great drawing god called Chris Riddell. This is for Dreamers-Welcome's monthly challenge. This month's theme was break.
Day 20: alternate, less coloured version: My first flying island! Ever since I co-founded , I wanted to draw one. Founder CheeseyPotatoePiealready did one. Now, I have one, too. This is for 's monthly challenge. This month's theme was break. I have two more submissions for that challenge.
Day 19: Those two have nothing to do with each other. I don't have to eat pills. I just realised that I messed up the pill packaging and I didn't really want to do it all over, so I grabbed the next best thing.
Day 18: I recently needed to sew a button on my pants because the old one decided it was free and a bird and it wanted to fly... it crashed, of course, but you have to admire its will and its dream.
Day 17: This turned out well, I like how the colours work together as well.
Day 16: I started with the crisps and had to give up on them when I realised that I didn't know how to persuasively recreate the texture. So I drew the glass. Also, first one to have two separate drawings and two colours!
Day 15: One day, I will run out of objects to study...
Day 14: My scissors are blue, but the blades are not. Day 13: This is what is called a fusilli - spiral formed pasta. At least, that's what it says on the package: Fusilli - di demola di grano duro
Day 12: Money, money, money. 80 european Cents in their brass colours. These are German pieces of money, you can barely see the Brandenburg Gate on them. Hm... only heads... Anyway, I have been a fan of the Euro currency ever since its beginning. It's just so modern and pretty. And you can go to France and pay with the same money. No more weird currency calculations for a drive of 30 to 50 minutes!
Day 11: This is a really small pocket knife I got in Paris years ago. It has some blue coloured metal for the handle and one blade. It is attached to two key rings (not in the image). This is the first in this series to be displayed in its approximate colours. This could have looked better, the leaves pattern on the handle aren't as well displayed... it's because this has been drawn on a train...
Day 10: Could be better... My parents have ship models in their house for some reason. This one says "America". And I decided to keep some images black from time to time. Finally, two digits!
Day 9: I have a feeling that the nature of this project demands a lot of failures in a lot of ways. This is an adapter for phone connectors (that's the technical term for the plugs of your headphones). 3.5mm goes in and with this adapter, you can plug it into 6.35mm jacks.
Day 8: A tea bag. I like tea. And this drawing is not too bad either.
Day 7: Yeah, I messed this one up...
Day 6: This has become a fundamental part of my life. And I got it all wrong by making it too long and deforming it - it's all crooked now!
Day 5: You know, you could try and remake that key. But it won't do you any good because this is not 100% accurate and because the lock it belongs to is long lost...
Day 4: Making the background look like yellowed paper was easy. An interesting thing I discovered was the multiplication mode for strengthening the drawing.
Day 3: This light bulb is broken. It needed to be replaced. Before it completed its existence, I captured it in its last moments.
Day 2: So far, this is the only self-portrait of me. Drawception! Gargh, anatomy. This is like coding: It should work, but somehow it doesn't. I have no idea why this looks wrong, I thought I did everything right. So, what is it? Or is it just me?
Day 1: Chess study. I own way too many chess boards. I'm really terrible at this game, luckily I enjoy losing. Expect more studies. They look better than my normal sketches - at least at first glance.
Discontinued? Aww. But you didn't make it to #160!
I was going to say maybe you could make one that shows how people have two faces- the one they have to show to the public, and then the one they show in private instead. I wondered what you could make with that because it would be better than anything I could.
Well, it's still amazing you ran this for almost six months! THAT'S AMAZING!
I have no idea how to do that. Especially since I'm terrible with drawing actual people. But I'll keep it in mind. I've seen people drawing their double life as a mediocre worker and as a creative genius. Maybe I'll get better within a decade or two. That might work. Time well-spent.
Well, I did it again. And I made it to... 81 days... grrr. Maybe I'll do better next time.
I'm sure it won't take a decade for you to figure out how to convey something like how people have a public mask because you can't show all your flaws and personal traits if you're over the age of 4.
I'm SURE YOU'LL get better in less than a decade. Did you ever see Todd VS The Monsters? I got from THAT to where I am now in less than 4 years, so I'm sure, with all the pushing yourself you do, you could get there in less than 20 years! !
Doing this daily challenge twice for a total of 240 days is still an achievement, and it shows fortitude... even though it probably feels to you like it doesn't!
so I looked down the list that you posted. some of which i might re suggest so sorry if i do. dancing bears, dancing tree, globe turning non translucent, a rose opening and closing, a clock hands spinning out of control, a dime or penny spinning and landing either face up or down,a tablet melting. brain melting, a ball or globe explodes and stars start to fall. a charter hits a wall and turns in to goo.
I know some of these might not be able to be done, but i can sit here all day and come up with ideas. i do have more. .I know this stuff is going to be a sketch. i hope i have not made stuff to hard or easy for you. and if want more send me a pm and i will come up with something .
No, yeah, of course I enjoy it! But doing it daily means losing quite an amount of sleep sometimes. And that's why I appreciate you and all the others leaving little messages of hope to tell me that it is not for naught.