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:
So, I've not been the best at creating this summer. If you read my last post I mentioned this. But I'm going to change this -- I am going to start today.
What am I going to do?
I am going to give myself a 30 day challenge, and I will post each of my drawings from these 30 days even if (and they will be) very bad. I don't care.
I probably won't post one a day even though that sounds like the best plan. I will post them in bunches most likely because of where my life is right now.
My next 30 days are set to be crazy. In this time we need to sell our 38 acre place; move; get our two youngest enrolled and attending a new school; get our two oldest off to separate colleges; pack and unpack an entire household (including 4 1/2 horses, three cats and a dog); and somehow get caught up on all the bills including tuition for three college students (my husband is attending college online while he works full-time and his a full-time dad and husband and basic hero). It is daunting but God has called us to this move and He will work out the details.
Okay, so what is my challenge?
Simple...I am going to sketch a cat every day. I am going to start at a different place on the cat too. I have found when I draw a cat I usually draw the ears first then the head and then body. Things change if you start somewhere else. I have noticed that when Quentin Blake draws people he starts with the feet -- he goes toes to top. I often go from top to toes. And I may use my non-dominant hand some weeks. We shall see.
What about you? Maybe give yourself a 30 day challenge and see what you come up with .
I got mad tonight, angry even. One part of me wanted to punch somebody. The other part (the more reasonable part) told myself that was stupid. Instead, I did some yard work and drew a bunch of people.
It's a silly picture but I tend to draw made-up people when I doodle. Why? I don't know why.
I'm re-reading a book I've read at least three times. It's called The Two Princesses of Bamarre. It was written by Gail Carson Levine. Levine is most famous I think for Ella Enchanted (which was made into a movie).
Anyway, I really like this book because...well, I don't know why. It is one of the books I read when I am a bit lost, a bit unsettled. I identify with Princess Addie, the main character in the book (even though she is a teenager and I am almost 47 years old).
I was reading it aloud to my son Hawken. And then Hawk fell asleep. So I started doodling and drew a dragon. I messed up its eyes but then realized the dragon I drew was blinded by some fight it found itself in. I like how Levine portrays dragons in this book. She compares one dragon to a cat when it is curled up. That got me to thinking how I'd like to write a book that included dragons with even more similarities to cats -- at least their personalities.
We'll see. I don't know what my writing future holds. I don' t know much of anything right now.
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