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post #1 of 127 Old 07-13-2010, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Sketch-a-Day

I just want to thank kayhmk for such a brilliant idea!!!!

I officially began my "sketch a day" project last night. I bought a 75 sheet sketch book and a few cheap sets of graphite, colored pencil and sketch pens with the hopes of doing one sketch a day for 75 days. Whatever inspires me, that's what I'll draw (which will consist primarily of horses I am sure...lol).

I just feel like I am suffering from commission burn out at the moment. I haven't been terribly happy with my last couple commissions and the pressure is really getting to me. Not that I won't take commissions right now, but I think I will cease to advertise for a while.

After 2 days, I already feel more enlightened with my artwork, especially tonight's piece which I will share in a moment. I am not planning to spend more than 30 minutes on each piece, though I am sure some will go over my time limit, while others will be more rough. I am just going to go with my heart and draw what I want how I want and perhaps rekindle some of the passion I have had for making money for my drawings.

Without further ado, I submit for your viewing pleasure, the first two installments of the "sketch-a-Day" project:

7/12/10- Quick sketch of the mare Lola I have been riding, an easy subject to start with

7/13/10- eye study of my friend's horse Nova. I used construction tape to form the borders of the drawing. I love the effects I got from doing this. Not only does it have the illusion of looking matted, but I enjoyed working on a smaller scale than I am used to. Stay tuned for more sketches like this.
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post #2 of 127 Old 07-14-2010, 12:27 AM
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Very good! That's a neat idea, I would love to attempt that if I had more time lol!
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post #3 of 127 Old 07-14-2010, 12:35 AM
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So you're asking for pics?

Even though it's bad quality cell pic, I love it because it shows how long her mane has gotten:

There is something about riding down the street on a prancing horse that makes you feel like something, even when you ain't a thing. ~ Will Rogers
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post #4 of 127 Old 07-14-2010, 01:05 AM
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Really nice! I'm going to have to get one of you talented people to do a drawing for Sarah for Christmas.
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post #5 of 127 Old 07-14-2010, 08:49 AM
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Only a 30 minute sketch?? Whew, I'm jealous, it took me an hour to draw just an outline of a horse.
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post #6 of 127 Old 07-14-2010, 12:47 PM
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Wow, great stuff! So soft... Especially Lola. They look very finished for only 30 minute sketches: how big is your book?
Keep it up, waiting to see your progression!
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post #7 of 127 Old 07-14-2010, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, great stuff! So soft... Especially Lola. They look very finished for only 30 minute sketches: how big is your book?
Keep it up, waiting to see your progression!

My book is 9 x 12 inches. The eye sketch probably took me more like 45 minutes to do and it was about 5 x 6 ish inches. I swore I would only do rough sketches and not do any blending at all, but the perfectionist in me still wants to make them look like finished pieces. Oh well. At this point I am not trying to "force" anything. I just want to let the pieces come together as I see fit...lol.
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post #8 of 127 Old 07-14-2010, 05:50 PM
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*sigh* I love how your "rough sketches" are better than my "real" drawings. -_-

I shall keep tuned to this, I love seeing your work and one a day? YAY!

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.
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post #9 of 127 Old 07-15-2010, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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7/14/10- I bought a cheapo set of crayola colored pencils, but I have to admit, I fell in love with them. I measured this sketch out to 5 x 7 inches. This is a horse I personally know who always jumps around with her tongue sticking out, even with a figure eight nose band! I just couldn't resist drawing this...lol. Oh yeah, and this did take me almost 2 hours to complete, so clearly not quite a "quick" sketch, but that's colored pencil for you.
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post #10 of 127 Old 07-15-2010, 03:59 AM
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Oh goodness :) I love,love,love your work. Did I mention I love it?
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