Well it is only 6 days into the month and the daily challenge of Every Day in May is already becoming a challenge. It seems strange that I should find it a bit of a burden since I sketch nearly every day anyway… but to be honest it is.
When I feel like I ‘have’ to do something there is a danger it becomes a chore. EDiM is far from a chore, and I do really enjoy the discipline of making time to sketch a specific thing… but I am just flagging with you all that it is not a walk in the park for me. I rarely make time to sit down and ‘do art’, instead my sketching is all about responding to the moment and it happens spontaneously. I see something, I think of something and then I go for it with pen or paint. It is incorporated into my daily life rather than a special event. EDiM is a special event…. and special events are good but require effort!
How are you going?
As for today’s sketch, I piked out of being original and went back to a favourite topic (art materials), but drawing objects that I haven’t drawn before. Bristle brushes that my dad gave me in response to a request of mine. I had been watching John Lovett in action (thanks to the great recommendations of Wendy Shortland) and wanted to try to achieve something like his wonderful expressive marks. I think a new (ie. clean) bristle brush that I mess up would be better than one from ‘the shed’.
Another aspect of daily challenges is that they can possibly interfere with my sketching of daily life…
This sketchi was easier to fit into my day… but I can tell you that crosshatching is dangerous!!! It is very hard to stop! I do prefer using a thicker nib (like my sailor fude nib) but it was fun to use my normal lamy pen for this. It started life as an EF nib but is equivalent to a medium nib these days – it has loosened and lets more ink out through ‘over’ use!
This is part of a daily sketching challenge during the month of May… it is not too late to join (just start with the challenge for today and then catch up if you can)
Join the facebook group
or the flickr group
A summary of previous years that I have been part of is here (plus this year’s list)
A few thoughts about the ups and downs in taking part in daily challenges is here