I'm sure my 30 Day Creative Challenge Cats aren't impressing anyone out in Cyberspace, but each day I am learning something. Today I learned I do enjoy using a Prismacolor Ebony 14420 pencil to color and shade. I enjoy the black and white and gray. Maybe I will do more of that.It's a pencil that is a cross between charcoal and graphite. I don't know what it is but it is cool. Oops. It is graphite but it is called extra smooth. I looked it up. Very nice to work with!
I almost forgot about the cat today. So this was done in about a minute or even less. I took a picture of it rather than scanned it because I didn't feel like scanning it. This was a day I just drew a cat cause I had to. Sometimes creativity is like that.
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:
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 .
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