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End of NanoDrawMo

The notebook my mom brought back from Italy is now full. Through the last minutes of November I sketched away on its toothy pages, pursuing my goal of 50 drawings. But when I got to the end of the notebook I only had 32 sketches. I ran out of paper and time. Still, I’m happy. Completing 32 sketches is better than doing none. (If you’re lost right now and don’t know what I’m talking about, go back a couple blog posts.)

I scanned all the drawings and combined them into one large picture in order to show my progression over the month.

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After the 14th drawing I started to focus on the motion of the figures. I watched several Youtube drawing videos that emphasized the movement of the figure. Successful drawings embody movement, flowing in a specific direction. Having flow in a figure drawing is what gives it life and prevents it from becoming stiff. Since the notebook is a little larger than pocket-size, I had to work fairly small. You can see how cramped I was in the first few drawings. But I got used to it.

I’ve been drawing a lot and neglecting painting, but I think it will benefit me. Drawing forces me to focus on line, something I don’t normally think a whole lot about when I’m painting. When I go back to the canvas, I’ll definitely be using more line.

Here are all the individual drawings that weren’t uploaded in the last NaNoDrawMo post:

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I love this pose. I’m gonna have to come back to it some other time and try to loosen it up. I think it would be better to have her arms follow a more exaggerated swooping, bowed line of movement.

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Here you can really see the flow I was talking about. The whole figure curves out from top left and back down towards bottom left. The eye is forced to follow this movement.

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Probably my favorite sketch of the whole lot. The forms of the body have a roundness to them that accentuates the sweeping motion of the body.

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I’ll definitely be doing NaNoDrawMo next year. It’s excellent practice. And because I spent so much time drawing on small sheets of paper, I went out and bought another small drawing pad for my chest pocket. That way I’ll always have a drawing pad to use when I’m out and about and have nothing to do.

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Drawing When I Can

I’ve been very busy finishing up school work. The semester is almost over and I honestly can’t believe that. It went by very fast. I’ve managed to squeeze in four figure sketches this week.

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Got eleven sketches done, so thirty-nine more to go. See y’all next week.

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NaNoDrawMo

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.

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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.

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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.

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Let’s see if I can reach 50 sketches. I should be able to.