Every November people around the world undergo the personal challenge of writing a novel in a month. This event is known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I’ve thought abut participating in the past, but have not made that leap yet. However, this year I am participating in NaNoDrawMo. Woo! Yeah, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Somebody took the idea of NaNoWriMo and modified it for artists. Though they should probably rethink the acronym. It doesn’t translate perfectly for drawing. Right now it seems to be National Novel Drawing Month. Eh. I suppose “Novel” could be replaced with “November” and then the issue would be solved. Let’s just say that’s the way it is. And maybe that is the way it is, I just couldn’t find a definite source for what the NaNoDrawMo acronym stands for.
The rules are simple:
Complete 50 drawings or sketches by the end of November.
I’m going to be focusing on figure drawing. My parents brought me back a leather notebook from their trip to Italy and I’m going to try to fill it up with quick figures done in pen.
Here’s a color scan of the opened notebook. See that stringy tassel on the left? That ties the pages into the leather. But why is it visible on the front page? Well, it’s not. I opened the book the wrong way and wound up starting in the back. I don’t know if I should just continue going in reverse or start again at the front.
This was originally drawn in pencil and then gone over with a wash of tea. I’ve seen other artists use tea and coffee like watercolors, so I wanted to give it a try. I ran into two roadblocks. The teabag had already been used to make a couple cups of tea and was incredibly weak by the time I got to sketching. The color of the water wasn’t strong enough. The second roadblock was the paper. The water chewed it into a fuzzy mess. I’ve painted on non-watercolor paper before and usually the water just bows the paper. The fibers in this paper must just be too loose.
Hoping to salvage the mess I’d made, I attacked the drawing with my pen. I worked with the wet spots and let the ink bleed. However, the left side was mostly dry and I was able to use a firm line there. I kinda like the contrast between hard and soft.
All these drawings were done from references on deviantART. This reference can be found here.
Let’s see if I can reach 50 sketches. I should be able to.