I couldn't remember what cat/day I was on so I had did a few more than I meant to do. It took a couple of weeks to get the internet (living on the Cheyenne River Reservation is a wonderful thing but it has its own time table). I kept drawing cats. Here they are:
That is the end of my cat creative challenge.
What did I learn?
I had to start thinking new ways or my cats would have all looked the same -- boring.
Putting clothes on them and sharing my own emotions of the day with my sketches opened up a whole new way to do them.
Doing something for 30+ days every day will stretch you even if you don't think it will. Try it. Creating every day is really good for your emotions and your brain, for your whole health. There are tons of ways to create -- as many ways as there are people in the world. Find what you love to do and do it.
Oops! Cat 20 was supposed to be a fat cat. She turned out to be a foxy cat. She looks much more like a fox than a cat! Better tomorrow posibly.
Having a 30 day creative challenge does more than get you creating for 30 days. If done whole-heartedly it can help you examine yourself and understand why you do things certain ways. You can also learn to give certain things up -- or heck, there's all sorts of stuff you can learn that you weren't expecting to learn in your silly 30 day challenge.
I've learned a couple of things already:
First, I've finally let go of the left-hand magical envy. I've longed to be a left-hander. I silently would look at my hands in resignation wishing God had made me a left-hander. I always thought I'd be better at creating if I was a left-hander. And I've read how some people when they use their non-dominant hand to draw a whole new world opens up.
Nothing magical happened for me with my left hand. Cat 7 I drew with my left hand (but colored with my right) and Cat 8 is the first one in this challenge that I've used my right hand. My left hand hurts and gets tired sketching a simple cat. So I am back to my right hand and glad of it. An aside for you: I do have a dominant left eye. I found this out when I was in the Army and had such trouble shooting with my right hand. My drill sergeant said to try my left hand. Turns out I'm a south paw! So maybe I have a left-hand outlook on life. I don't know (do you know your dominant eye? It is a good thing to know when you are an artist. A quick way to figure out is look at something with both eyes. Now shut each eye separately The eye that what you saw looked the same as with both eyes is your dominant eye. The non-dominant eye view would have "moved" everything.....interestingly my oldest son is left-hander but has a dominant right eye).
I also have learned (or should say relearned) that the best way for me to draw is to just let my hand go. Quick thinking and just draw. Below are my 7 and 8 day cats.
Like I said before I started this 30 days of drawing 30 cats thing, some cats I draw I won't like. I do not like Cat 4 from Day 4. The problem is that I thought too much when I drew him. I thought, I should draw one standing up like a person.
He just isn't good at all. My creative process works better if I just let my hands do the thinking and the drawing:
I like the cat from Day 5 though. I sketched him quick. These have been sketched and in my regular daily journal (reason for the lines). Quick sketches are more my style:
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