Fall In Love with February

Welcome back to Fall In Love with February! I’ve really enjoyed this past week. Since I’m only finishing a drawing every other day, this week was a bit more relaxed and I think my drawings benefitted from it. There are only three being posted here this week, because drawing number 4 won’t be finished until later today.

If you are following along, make sure to use #FallInLoveFeb2018 if you post on Instagram or Twitter. I’d love to see your creations!

This week in art

I love the month of February. I love Valentine’s day. So I was excited to get started this week. Drawing lovey-dovey couples just doesn’t get old for me. The most difficult prompt for me was the very first one. How did I want the couple to meet? Where should they be? What should they be doing? Once I’d made those decisions, the rest of the week came pretty easily. I decided to work a good bit on my tablet this month and try to get some practice in on it, so two of my three drawings this week were done on my Surface. I’m starting to get the hang of it a little better. Though, I think that has more to do with my use of Clip Studio Paint over Photoshop than any skill on my part.

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Anyway, let’s take a look at the first few drawings for February!

Fall in Love With February Day 1-2: Meeting for the 1st Time

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I thought about where I would want to be in February and the first place I thought of was a nice sunny beach. So that’s where my little couple meets for the first time. Poor guy, he looks totally smitten by that winking vixen!

Drawn on Surface Pro 4 with Clip Studio Paint.

Fall in Love With February Day 3-4: Becoming Friends

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I changed her hairstyle a bit this time, but I’m trying to stay with the same couple overall. I really liked this picture. It was a bit time consuming due to the table and chairs, but I really like the whole thing.

Drawn on Surface Pro 4 with Clip Studio Paint.

Fall in Love With February Day 5-6: Holding Hands

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Okay, now they are just getting super duper cute! I love this one a lot. The little blush on her face says so much and they look so adorable together. I can’t wait to draw more of this couple and see how it progresses.

Drawn on copy paper with standard pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor Pencils.

Next Week?

This coming week we have a couple having their first kiss, hugging, spending time together, and then (dum dum da dum) a proposal! Be sure to let me know if you are joining in and share your drawings on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with #FallInLoveFeb2018.

Also, let me know which one was your favorite in the comments!


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Fall In Love with February

Welcome to a brand new month, and a brand new challenge! Today begins the first day of Fall In Love with February. This month is all about falling in love and couple drawing. Because it is going to be a bit more intensive, I will only be posting a drawing from every other day. There are only 14 prompts this month!

When you look at the prompts, you will notice that they follow a pattern. It is the classic story of boy meets girl (or boy or girl meets girl, as you like), they become friends, and their relationship progresses. You could draw the same couple every day, or you could draw a new one as the mood strikes you. It’s all up to you!

Make sure to use #FallInLoveFeb2018 if you post on Instagram or Twitter if you are following along. I’d love to see your creations!

This week in art

This past week has been a bit hectic (as evidenced by my lack of posting). What with work, a new tattoo, and an irresistible desire to play World of Warcraft, I haven’t had time for much else. However, I did do my drawings every day. At least I thought I did. Then when I was looking at my drawings, they didn’t quite add up! I missed the ogre. Oh well. It’s the first time I’ve missed a day at all since the holidays, so I’m not beating myself up over it too much.

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So before we fall in love let’s take a look back at the drawing from this week!

Manuary Day 25: Demon

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I really liked the expression I got on this devilish guy. He looks so devious! I wanted to make him look fairly normal, aside from the horns, and make him look like he’s asking you to keep them a secret. This is one of my favorites this week.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 26: Ogre

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Poor Ogre got forgotten! I don’t even remember what it was I was doing on Friday that led up to me forgetting to draw this one. It was probably because we ended up going out for dinner!

Manuary Day 27: Cat Man

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I’m not super thrilled with this cat boy. His hands came out wonky, and so did his hair. There’s just a lot to not like about him. That said, I do like the way his tail came out!

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 28:Alien

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I know, it’s not original, but I love Roger so much! He’s so sassy and selfish and funny. I broke out my tablet for this one since I was more or less laid up after my tattoo session. I’m glad I did! I discovered that I’m not as bad as I anticipated.

Drawn on Surface Pro 4 with Clip Studio Paint

Manuary Day 29: Minotaur

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Not as good as my Roger the alien, but still not completely disappointed with this attempt on my tablet. I had fun drawing this little chibi, and I worked on some new skills. That’s the whole point of the exercise, right? Right.

Drawn on Surface Pro 4 with Clip Studio Paint.

Manuary Day 30: Mage

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This is another of my favorites from the week. This “janitor mage” was based off the character created by one of my friends. I was considering the backstory he’d created for him and decided I’d take a crack at drawing him learning a bit of clean-up magic.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 31: Tribal

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My final drawing of Manuary! I looked at my prompts last night and then told the mister, “I have no idea what I was thinking when I put down Tribal.” I still don’t know what I was thinking. But I forged ahead and decided to go with a caveman feel. The pose is actually based on a photo. I wanted to try morphing a reference from real to chibi. I was pretty pleased with the outcome!

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Next Week?

This week we have a couple meeting for the first time, becoming friends, holding hands and having their first kiss. Be sure to let me know if you are joining in and share your drawings on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with #FallInLoveFeb2018.

Also, let me know which one was your favorite in the comments!


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It’s Raining Men

It’s Week Four of Amazing Mimi’s 31 Days of Manuary! This has been an interesting week for drawing. I have a single standout favorite this week, and I think it will probably be my favorite for the whole month. It’s just so cute!

This week in art

I did a few more tutorials this week, simply because I was running into character prompts that left me at a bit of a loss. That said, I found a few that were really fun. Overall, this month I’ve found that I enjoy drawing males more than I expected to. They are not as difficult as I had built them up to be in my head.

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So let’s take a look back at the drawing from this week!

Manuary Day 11: Dwarf

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This little dwarf came out pretty cute! I was going for a bit of a stockier body, but I was more or less happy with him. The braided beard was definitely the hardest part of the whole drawing. I had to redo it a few times. I started out with his hair braided too, but it got so wonky that I ended up erasing and drawing in just long hair.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 12: Ranger

This one was another try at my elf. The one leg got turned kinda strange, but I like the way he came out. I think he was actually a little better before coloring, but that’s mostly because I’m still working on getting better with my markers.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Copic markers.

Manuary Day 13: Robot

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I know, I know, Alphonse Elric is not technically a robot. If you don’t know who Alphonse Elric is, go watch Full Metal Alchemist. Brotherhood. Right now. I’ll wait.

Okay, now you understand what I mean. But he IS an animated metal suit with a soul, which, depending on how you classify a robot, is pretty close. This drawing was done off a tutorial of course (I hate to say it but I am not that awesome on my own lol).

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 14: Gargoyle

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How cute is this little guy!? I had a good time drawing this one. The references I used were super cute, but I decided to go with a more prickly expression and claws on his little feet. Still cute though!

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 15: Dragon/Lizard

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Dragons are hard. Dragon people are even harder. But I kinda like it. Very chibi with the giant head and little body. Drawing the snout was the most difficult part, but it came out better than the last time I tried to draw a snout. So, success.

Drawn on copy paper with 2B pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 16: Bard

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Ahhhhhhhhhhh! This bard came out so much better than I expected. I was attempting to draw from reference but I had a bit of trouble with the instrument. It’s not awful, but I think its distortion has to do with my drawing surface. The top of our desk tilts a bit toward the back, so when I’m looking at certain drawings they look straight and even. At least until I pick them up. Oh well.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 17: Giant

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And now we come to my favorite drawing of the week. I know it’s a bit gory, but omg I laughed so hard when I drew it. This one was done with a tutorial for the giant. It can be found below:

But when I was working on the giant, the mister said I should put a chibi beside him to give some size perspective. I started out with the little mad chibi to the right. But then I started thinking…what’s she mad about? And the expression…the “oops” look in his eyes. I had to. I just had to.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Copic markers.

Next Week?

Next week is the final week of Manuary. I’ll have the last seven drawings next Thursday, along with the new list for Lovey Dovey Month! But first we have a demon, ogre, cat man, alien, minotaur, mage and a tribal drawing coming up. Be sure to let me know if you are joining in and share your drawings on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with #Manuary2018.

Also, let me know which one was your favorite in the comments!


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It’s Raining Men

It’s Week Three of Amazing Mimi’s 31 Days of Manuary! I have had a great time this week, trying new poses, new fantasy races, and I even drew my husband’s original character.

This week in art

Hands are still a major hurdle for me, but I’m not giving up on them. Every day I get a little bit better at them. I’m still striving to include them in every drawing until I finally figure out what works and what doesn’t. Right now, that’s mostly what doesn’t. A lot of times, I manage to get the shape right, but then the size is either itty bitty or way huge.

Oh well, I still had a good time with my prompts this week. The knight, in particular, was more difficult than I anticipated, but I think I did a pretty good job of following the tutorial I found for it.

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At least it wasn’t like this tutorial.

So let’s take a look back at the drawing from this week!

Manuary Day 11: Cowboy

This one is based on my husband’s original character, Beetle Habuki, from a D&Desque game that we play.

I’ve attempted him before, but I think this is the best I’ve done yet. I had some fun playing with different kinds of markers, but I found that my Copics really are the best. I really need to get more colors, they are just super expensive. Worth it in the end though.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, Copic markers, and Crayola markers.

Manuary Day 12: Superhero

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It’s a bird…it’s a plane….it’s Captain Awesome! He looks totally stoked to be him, doesn’t he? I think the best part about this picture is the cape. The cape came out SO good. And just look at those pearly whites. He’s going to give Superman a run for his money.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Copic markers.

Manuary Day 13: King

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Poor young man, thrust into the position of being king. His crown doesn’t even fit. I really liked this one. There is just something about him that stands out to me. This is one of my top four for the week, along with my cowboy, elf, and orc.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 14: Zombie

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I was sick in bed most of Sunday, and that is the only excuse I have for this poor attempt at a zombie. Since I did not feel like getting up to draw at the desk, I worked on my tablet in bed. I did try out a different program and found that I like it features quite a bit more for drawing than I like Photoshop, so that’s a plus!

Drawn on Surface Pro 4 using Clip Paint Studio.

Manuary Day 15: Elf

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Here we have an elf. Not a Christmas elf, a fantasy elf. A warrior elf. A badass sword-swinging elf. This elf takes no shit and gives no fucks. Clearly, this is one of my favorites this week.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 16: Orc

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This little chibi orc is my absolute favorite for the week. I love this little guy so much! He turned out super cute. But he still looks like he will cut you open with that ax, given half a chance. Just like an orc should.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prisma colored pencils.

Manuary Day 17: Knight

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The last drawing of the week proved to be the most difficult. I had no idea where to start drawing a knight. So I looked them up and I found a tutorial for this guy. The tutorial can be found over on DrawingForAll.net or by clicking here.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Next Week?

Next week, I have some more men in store. It’s raining men up in here! Tonight I’m working on a fantasy dwarf, and tomorrow I have a ranger. Over the weekend, I’ll be doing a robot and a gargoyle, then returning to high fantasy next week with a dragon/lizard, a bard, and a giant.  Be sure to let me know if you are joining in and share your drawings on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with #Manuary2018.

Also, let me know which one was your favorite in the comments!


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It’s Raining Men

It’s Week Two of Amazing Mimi’s 31 Days of Manuary! I have been utterly surprised by my success in drawing this past week. I feel like I’ve got a whole new outlook on my drawing style and what my capabilities are.

This week in art

Everything I drew this past week has been oriented on the male form, obviously. For me, this was a major step out of my comfort zone. Every time I start looking for a pose reference, I think: “oh that would be so cute as a girl..” But once I get down to the actual drawing, I find that I am far better at this drawing thing than I think I am.

I did my best to include hands in every drawing. I’m still not great with them. I’m learning a few tricks as I go, but most of the time, there is a major disconnect between what I want to draw and what actually gets on the paper.

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The struggle is real, yo.

Still, I have a lot to be proud of this week, and I did some really fun, cute drawings.

So let’s take a look back at the drawing from this week!

Manuary Day 4: Loner

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I really liked this guy. He’s like…so edgy.

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One other thing I was working on this week (besides hands) is putting more movement into the clothing I draw. I attempted to put in some wrinkles and drapes in all of the clothing. This was really my first serious try at including it on a drawing. I feel like I got a little better at it through the week.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 5: Nerd

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“Ugh, look at that edgy guy over there. Thinks he’s so cool…” The mister said this guy was an edgy nerd. I don’t know. I was pretty stoked about the hand on this one! A little more clothing work on this one too, but not as much as I was able to include on drawings later in the week.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 6: Rogue

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Dashing little rogue, ready to stab someone around the corner? Yep, that’s this guy. Sneaky, sneaky. No clothing work on him, but I was still pretty pleased with how he came out. But ugh..the hands! Bleh.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 7: Pirate

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This guy is seriously my favorite for the week. He’s so flippin’ cute! Such a dastardly pirate. He looks ready to use that cutlass to steal your booty. Haha, I keep going back to this one as definitely being one of my best.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Manuary Day 8: Villain

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This was another of my favs from this week. Nyah! Going to tie to you to the railroad tracks. Nyahahah! Sorry, but he’s so mischievous looking! Rubbing his chin, an evil mustache, slanty eyebrows, dapper suit, this guy has it all!

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 9: Vampire

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While not my favorite drawing of the week, this one gave me a lot more confidence in drawing clothing drapes. I actually didn’t have a reference drawing for the pose, but a picture of a figurine. The cape translated pretty well, but the hand not so much. When I first drew him, the mister gave me some constructive criticism. “He looks like one of those guys from Beetleguise with a shrunken head.” Yeah, I definitely had to fix that. The bigger head gave me a little more room to work with and his expression came out better than it was initially, but I’m still not super happy with the hair. All in all, successful for what I set out to draw.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 10: Werewolf

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Between this one, the pirate, and the villain, I am pretty happy with my week in art. This guy was fun to draw, and I really think I made some progress in the clothing department. I can still see areas where I would make changes if I were to go back with a pencil, but overall, the clothing is great. I’m actually pretty happy with the hands too (except that wonky thumb…). The only thing that I’m not thrilled with is the shape of the muzzle, but that was completely alien for me to draw. Otherwise, pretty stoked with the results of this one.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Next Week?

Next week, I have some more men in store. It’s raining men up in here! Tonight I’m working on a cowboy, and tomorrow I have a superhero. The weekend and next week mark a return to fantasy with a king, zombie, elf, orc and knight.  Be sure to let me know if you are joining in and share your drawings on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with #Manuary2018.

Also, let me know which one was your favorite in the comments!


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Manuary

It’s Raining Men!

Welcome to January all of you amazing artists out there! It’s a brand new year, a brand new month, and a brand new challenge! Let’s jump in with both feet to “Manuary”. That’s right, this month is all about drawing men.  If you’d like to join in, you can download, print out or reference my drawing prompt list here: ManuaryDrawingChallenge. Of course, if you want to join in but you don’t like my prompts, feel free to follow your own!

Why Manuary?

In November, I took the entire month to draw females in monster form. Before that, I drew females a lot. Probably 90% of what I’ve drawn pertains to women. That is in large part because I’m not confident in drawing men. When thinking of a challenge for the first month of 2018, I decided to push outside of my comfort zone and devote an entire month to drawing the male form. I’ve got good men, bad men, fantasy men, monster men, and regular men on the list. I plan to spend January getting better at drawing the forms and shapes the differentiate men.

February is Coming…

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I already have my February challenge started. February will be a month of couples! Given that every drawing will have two people in it, the month of February will only have 14 prompts, allowing two days for completion of each drawing.

But What about Drawcember?

I know, I left you all hanging in December when my computer decided to die. But that doesn’t mean I stopped drawing! There were a few days where I ended up having to combine drawings. For instance, December 16th and 17th, I combined lights and reindeer, then over the last week, I combined the 29th-31st into one big New Year’s drawing.

Instead of posting each drawing individually, I decided to put them into a collage like the one I made for Inktober. I received an amazing set of Copic markers from the mister for my birthday, so a lot of my later drawings are colored with my new Copics. Yay!

Here is the compilation of Drawcember artwork:

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New Artwork:

I’m three days into the new Manuary challenge, so without further ado, here are the drawings I’ve done since the new month began.

Manuary Day 1: Wizard

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I really liked this one. I was going for kind of an Avatar vibe, and apparently, I hit it just right. My brother commented that he just needed a blue arrow on his head. Made me feel pretty good that I hit on the right look.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil,  and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 2: Warrior

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This little guy was a lot of fun to draw. Finding a good stance for a warrior in chibi form is not easy! While I’m mostly working on just drawing men, I’m also trying to improve my hand drawing. I’m trying to draw them in different positions. It’s still difficult, but I think I’m starting to improve.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil,  and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 3: Boxer

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I can’t tell you how happy I am with this one. He looks so fierce and cute at the same time! This one was a bit easier with the hands because I could draw big mitts on him lol.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil,  Sharpie super fine marker, and Copic Ciao markers.

Next Week?

Tonight I’m sketching out a loner, and tomorrow will be a nerd. Over the weekend I’ll be having some fun with some more fantasy types with a rogue and pirate. Next week I have some bad guys coming up with a villain, vampire, and werewolf! So stay tuned, and be sure to use #Manuary2018 if you’re joining in on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Also, let me know which one was your favorite in the comments!


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New Year’s Resolutions

I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions

Personally, I feel resolutions are pretty ridiculous. Not only do you never stick to them, they are usually vague, meaningless platitudes we tell ourselves to make us feel better.

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Do you know how much gym memberships soar in January? New memberships spike in January. Between 12-50% of all new gym memberships (depending on the gym) are created in January each year. Guess how many of those new memberships last past the first week in February. It’s dismal folks. Only 20% of those people have enough resolve to stick it out a whole month. This article in the Greeley Tribune says that number is actually as low as 8%. This is just an example of how easy it is to fail in your resolutions.

New Year, New Me?

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I hate that phrase so much! Guess what? You don’t get to wake up tomorrow and be a whole new person. It doesn’t work that way. No matter how well-meaning your resolution is, you’re not going to change everything about yourself after one alcohol-soaked night.

No Goals?

Does that mean that you shouldn’t make goals for the new year if they are just destined for failure? Absolutely not! There is a HUGE difference between a New Year’s resolution and a goal. Let me illustrate:

Resolution: I’m going to quit smoking.

Goal: I’m going to quit smoking. First, I’m going to join a smoking cessation support forum tonight. On the 2nd, I’m going to call and make an appointment with my doctor to talk about different ways I can quit. My quit day is going to be February 1st.

Resolution: I’m going to start eating healthy.

Goal: This week I’m going to research some healthy recipes that are at my level of skill. Next week, I’m going to try out one of those recipes. The following week, I’m going to try out two of those recipes. Each week, I’ll add one more recipe or remake the ones I enjoy.

Resolution: I’m going to lose 100lbs!

Goal: I’m going to lose 5 lbs by February 1st. I will check my weight each week to make sure I’m on track. I will make it easier by making a MyFitnessPal account and tracking what I eat. I’ll add 1000 steps a week until I’m doing 15k a day.

See the difference?

Be Smart

Resolutions

Goals are specific, they form a plan, and they have a time frame. If you ever want to know how to form goals, just remember to make them SMART.  They are easy to track because they have steps. It’s really easy to say you’re going to lose 50 lbs this year, but if you don’t have a plan in place and a way to gauge your progress you will not succeed.

I have goals!

I have a lot of goals for this coming year. Some are big, some are small, but they all have a plan. Want to see my plan?

Yeah, that’s the planner for 2018. It’s a lot of meal plans, calendars (personal and blog), cleaning checklists, medical info, etc. You see, my biggest goal for this year is to get more organized. This binder is my lifeline to becoming more organized. I’ve been working on it for about a month, getting it ready for the coming year.

What about weight loss?

Yes, that is still a major priority for me this year. I’m halfway to my goal of 250lbs. No, that’s not the end weight I have in mind, but it’s a milestone. The ultimate goal is 140, but that’s at least two years away. So I break it down into 50lb increments. And then further into 25lb chunks. Right now, I’m 25 lbs away from that 250 mark. My goal is to hit it before we go on vacation for our anniversary in April.

So that’s why I choose to make goals, rather than resolutions. Remember, you don’t have to wait for a new year to start making goals. If you want to do something, it’s important to start right away, at least with the planning.

By The Way

Before I close today, I wanted to apologize for my recent disappearance! Right before my birthday, our desktop computer died. We had to take it in to get a new hard drive installed. We didn’t get it back until Friday night! I was a bit lost on my blog without my giant screen and fast graphics capabilities on here. This computer is my baby!  The holidays are always a little bit hectic anyway, so I decided to take a break until we got it back.

But don’t worry, I have a calendar full of post ideas for January ready to go! I also have a parting gift for you. Here is the new art challenge for January! Or should I say….Manuary? That’s right, January’s art challenge is all about drawing the male form!

31 Days of Manuary


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Drawcember

The Gift of Art

It’s Week Two of Amazing Mimi’s 31 Days of Drawcember! There is nothing quite like drawing Christmas and winter things to get you in the holiday mood. Unless it’s listening to Sia’s Everyday is Christmas album (listen to it here, or buy it here). When you do them both at the same time? Christmas magic.

This week in art

This week was the first full week of holiday drawing, and I got such a kick out of it. It’s been pretty neat to draw objects instead of just people. Objects and scenes are something that I definitely struggle with. It was nice to get out of my comfort zone a bit.

That said, not all of the drawings are great. In fact, some of them look like a third grader drew them. But that’s okay! Someday, I will be able to draw anything I want and make it look amazing. I’m not upset that today is not that day. It just means I have room to grow. Still, most of them are nice enough that if my son brought them home in third grade, I would have put them on the fridge.

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So let’s take a look back at the drawing from this week!

Drawcember Day 7: Poinsettias

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This was one of my favorites for the week. I enjoyed creating the different shapes. I know that poinsettias are rarely so symmetrical in real life, but I love the way this one came out. It was a lot of fun to color as well. The colors paired so well together!

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Drawcember Day 8: Stockings

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The only drawing this week that was completed without color, due to the amount of time it took me to get it right. I even contemplated not inking it, but the mister suggested I take the time to do at least that and I’m glad I did. I wanted to do something other than just the object in the challenge, so I opted for a small scene and worked a bit with perspectives. It was very challenging!

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil  and Sharpie super fine marker.

Drawcember Day 9: Cookies

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This one really channeled my inner child. I remember thinking, “how the heck do you draw cookies?” I decided not to go for a tutorial or anything and just jumped in with both feet, so to speak. I’m not completely disappointed with the look. The chocolate chip cookies even look pretty decent!

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Drawcember Day 10: Santa Hat

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This was the only person I drew this week, and I opted to make her a happy little chibi wearing the Santa Hat from the challenge. Yeah, her dress is short and low cut, but she is a bit of a ho, ho, ho. Aside from my terribly corny sense of humor, the hat was a little more difficult to draw than I anticipated. But still pretty cute all in all.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Drawcember Day 11: Presents

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Another drawing using perspectives, I think this one came out a bit better. I misjudged the size and ended up going off the side of my paper, which makes it look a bit awkward, but the overall drawing isn’t bad. I enjoyed working on the bow quite a bit! There are a bunch of presents around the house with bows on them, but all of them are the foldy, sticky-back bows. I was looking to do more of a loopy ribbon bow and redrew this one probably five or six times before I was happy with it. Well worth the extra effort, the bow is easily my favorite part of this present!

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Drawcember Day 12: Ornaments

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Another favorite from this week, I took inspiration from the graphic for my Drawcember pdf. The hanging ornaments look so elegant together, so I thought I’d give them a try. Personally, I think they came out quite nice. I like the shading on them and think they are pretty cute. The balls were easy to do with a couple of cylindrical or round objects that could be traced for their shape, but the one in the middle was a little more complicated to get just right.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Drawcember Day 13: Snowmen

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It’s me and the mister! If we were snowmen, that is. See, the girl even has a floppy hat like the one I wear every summer. This little drawing was banged out in the thirty minutes I had free before work yesterday. I’m not taking my niece to school this week, so I’ve had a little extra time on my hands in the morning. Luckily, there wasn’t much to color on this one, so I was able to get it finished just in time. I suppose this one is channeling my inner child as well, but it’s super cute, so I don’t care.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Next Week?

Next week, I have more festive drawings in store! Hot cocoa, a menorah, lights, reindeer, a dreidel, and mistletoe are on the list for the next week. I’m already thinking of what to do for January. I am going to go with an all-boy theme. But I’m also contemplating February, as a couples month. Double the drawing, so I’ll probably do that one as an every other day challenge! Be sure to let me know if you are joining in and share your drawings on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with #Drawcember.

Also, let me know which one was your favorite in the comments!


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The Gift of Art

It’s Week One of Amazing Mimi’s 31 Days of Drawcember! I’ve been having a lot of fun with this week’s drawings, though I did have to resort to a tutorial for one of them. And that’s okay! I realize that I’m just not going to be able to draw everything from either a reference or from my own head. But I am also really pleased that I’ve come so far that I no longer need a tutorial for everything I draw.

One Last Monster

Last Thursday was the final day of my Monster Girl Challenge so I didn’t get a chance to include the final drawing in my last art post. I really enjoyed that challenge. I also feel like I made some real progress with how I look at references and apply them to my drawings.

When I started Inktober, almost everything was coming from tutorials and by the time I finished out the Monster Girl Challenge, I was working entirely from reference and imagination. My techniques are improving too. I feel more confident when I sit down to draw! Instead of spending the majority of my time looking up what I should draw, I’m concentrating on improving the way I draw.

So let’s take a look back at the drawing from this week!

Monster Art Challenge Day 30: Nymph

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Due to my little accident last week, I was laid up quite a bit. Thursday evening, I was confined to sitting on the bed and so I resorted to an art medium that I am not fantastic at. I LOVE my tablet, don’t get me wrong. I’m just not great at digital art. Well, I’m not great at traditional art yet either, but I’m less not great at digital. Still, it was fun to break out my Surface and go to town drawing a water nymph. I wasn’t stoked over the results, but I was satisfied since I haven’t drawn anything on my tablet in months.

Drawn on my Surface Pro 4 using Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 and Lazy Izumi

Drawcember Day 1: Gingerbread Man

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This was a super quick drawing. I was in a bit of a hurry, but I still like the way it came out. Such a simple shape and coloring. It looks a bit like something you’d find in a child’s coloring book!

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Drawcember Day 2: Yule Log

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This is the one drawing from the past week that necessitated a tutorial. I think that it turned out pretty nice! Instead of drawing a traditional yule log, this is supposed to be one of those edible ones made of chocolate and cake. It made me hungry when I was drawing it. The tutorial for this came from the great Shoo Rayner on YouTube.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Drawcember Day 3: Candle

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I really liked the way this candle came out. I used the technique I learned from Shoo Rayner’s yule log tutorial for drawing the holly leaves and berries around the base. They are super easy to draw, and I’ll probably be including them in a few more drawings this month.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Drawcember Day 4: Candy Canes

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This one was a throw-back to last December for me. I followed a tutorial for candy canes last year. But, instead of looking up the tutorial and recreating what I’d done last year, I decided to try it from memory and make a candy cane heart. I love the way they turned out. Very festive!

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil and Prismacolor pencils.

Drawcember Day 5: Bells

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With these, I wanted to give the impression that they were hanging and ringing. I think it worked pretty well. Looking at them later on, I had a few ideas on improving them, so next time I draw something like this, I will have a better grasp of their movement and suspension.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Drawcember Day 6: Ugly Sweater

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This is by far my favorite of the week. Actually, it’s one of my favorites ever. I loved drawing this one. I was a little stuck for what to draw when I started, and so I went pose hunting. When I found this pose, I could just see it being a kid that was not happy. Man, I just adore the expression. I was giggling the whole time I was erasing the lines after I inked it. I couldn’t help but think this is the face my (not so little) boy would make if I made him wear a sweater like that. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to color it but I think it’s just about perfect the way it is.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil and Sharpie super fine marker.

Next Week?

Next week, I have more festive drawings in store! Poinsettias, stockings, cookies, Santa hats, presents, ornaments, and snowmen are on the list for the next week. I can’t wait to get started on them and see where my pencil takes me. Also, I think I’ll begin working on my challenge for January. Since November was all girls, I think January will be an all-boys month! Please let me know if you are joining in and share your drawings on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with #Drawcember.

Also, let me know which one was your favorite in the comments!


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Monster Art Progress

It’s the final week of my Monster Art Challenge!  This week, everything I drew, I did without a tutorial. I’m super excited that I managed to get through the week on my own imagination and a few references.

What next?

Today is the last day of November, which means the Monster Art Challenge is coming to a close. Knowing that I was going to run out of drawing prompts, I decided to come up with my own list for December. So here it is! Amazing Mimi’s 31 Days of Drawcember. These prompts can either be used as the main focus of a drawing or can be included in the background or as a prop.

But before I can get started on the Drawcember challenge, here is my last week of the November drawings!

 

Monster Art Challenge Day 23: Yokai

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I really didn’t know what to do when I saw Yokai on my list. I mean, I know that a yokai is a type of Japanese demon. But I couldn’t figure out if all Oni are Yokai or if all Yokai are Oni, and I didn’t want to draw an Oni and it not be a Yokai…yeah confusing, I know. So I ended up going with a character from Yo Kai Watch named Insomi. She was super cute! As I said above, I didn’t use any tutorials, but I did draw her using references of her character.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Monster Art Challenge Day 24: Octomaid

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My octomaid was pretty fun to draw. I think she turned out pretty cute too! I’m still having some issues with drawing hands and hair, but it’s getting better with practice.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Monster Art Challenge Day 25: Banshee

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When I first drew this one, I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like it. Thinking about  just scrapping it, I decided to try giving it color and seeing how I liked it then. I felt a lot different about it once it was colored. I think it turned out being one of my favorites of the week, though its in a bit of a different style than the rest of the chibi style drawings.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Monster Art Challenge Day 26: Robot

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My robogirl turned out to be my favorite drawing of the week. I really enjoyed working on the segments and coloring. Plus, I think she’s adorable!

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Monster Art Challenge Day 27: Mummy

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This is another one that I really enjoyed, and I think its because of the detail that I was able to put into the wrappings. Unfortunately, due to that detail, I ended up not having the time to color this one. But I don’t think that it’s really a drawback.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil and Sharpie super fine marker.

Monster Art Challenge Day 28: Zombie

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Drawing this zombie girl gave the chance to work on drawing wounds. I’ve decided I’m not very good at it. But I wasn’t entirely disappointed with this one. I think her vacant eyes and tattered dress came out very nicely.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Monster Art Challenge Day 29: Plant Girl

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I had a difficult time drawing my plant girl, though it wasn’t because of the subject matter. Due to a spill I took at work on Wednesday, this one was drawn under the influence of painkillers. That said, I love the vine work I completed on her. It is my favorite part of this drawing by far.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

 

Next Week?

Next week, I will be finishing off the last day of the Monster Girl Challenge with a nymph and starting off the Drawcember challenge with Gingerbread men, a yule log, candles, candy canes, bells, and an ugly sweater. Please let me know if you are joining in and share your drawings on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with #Drawcember.

Also, let me know which one was your favorite in the comments!


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Monster Art Progress

It’s week three of my Monster Art Challenge!  This week I discovered just how far I have come in my drawing.

Practice Makes Perfect?

These past several weeks of drawing every day, getting out of my comfort zone and drawing things that I never would have has had an amazing effect. I’ve gotten better! Only two pieces this week were done with a tutorial. The rest are drawn from a variety of references for poses and my own imagination. I’m very proud of my work this week!

I know that I still have a long way to go, and not everything I draw is going to speak to me or be exactly what I want it to. And that’s okay! In art, as in fitness, it is progress, not perfection that is important.

 

Monster Art Challenge Day 16: Ghost

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I love Fun2 Draw’s tutorials so much. This little ghost is just adorable, and she was so easy to draw. The tutorial for her is on Youtube here: Ghost Tutorial

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Monster Art Challenge Day 17: Goblin

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This little goblin girl is the reason I started drawing with just reference this week. I love her so much! I searched for tutorials on drawing WoW style goblins for nearly an hour before just saying screw it. Finally, I found a pose I liked and put pencil to paper. I’m still working on shading and such, but getting better!

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Monster Art Challenge Day 18: Alien

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Okay, Alien was on the list, and I knew immediately what I wanted to draw, I just needed to figure out how to do it. I found a pose that would work, and then I found some references for Leia’s slave outfit, and some references for Twi’leks. Then I put them all together for this lovely. Super pleased with how it turned out.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Monster Art Challenge Day 19: Cyclops

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If you’re wondering why I didn’t draw Leela for my alien day, then you haven’t watched enough Futurama! She was the first thing I thought of when I saw cyclops on the list, but I didn’t want to screw up the drawing style, so I went searching for a tutorial. The internet did not disappoint. So if you would like to try drawing her yourself, here is the tutorial on DrawingHowToDraw.com

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil and Sharpie super fine marker.

Monster Art Challenge Day 20: Faun

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There are so many different interpretations of fauns. I wasn’t sure which one I wanted to draw. Eventually, I settled on this dear little deer. “But she doesn’t have any hair.” That was the mister’s first response. But she has a cute little flower crown! Oh well. I wasn’t entirely pleased with this one, but I don’t think I did too badly for not having a tutorial, and winging the pose without references.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil and Sharpie super fine marker.

Monster Art Challenge Day 21: Canine Girl

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I’m having a hard time deciding which one is my favorite this week. This one and my Twi’lek are both contenders. I found a reference for the pose, but the rest is all me, including putting in the stairs for her to sit on. The mister said she looks more like a bear than a dog (not criticising, just commenting on his impressions), and I said, that’s okay. Bears are caniforms, dog-like mammals. Close enough. But I really like this one.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Monster Art Challenge Day 22: Feline Girl

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This feline girl didn’t work out quite as well as my canine girl did, but I’m still pretty happy with her. I attempted a Siamese cat type coloring and think I fell a little flat on the face. Otherwise, I’m pretty happy with her overall shape and look.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Next Week?

Next week, I have a yokai, octomaid, banshee, robot, mummy, plant girl, zombie, and nymph to draw. Stay tuned for more progress or join in by downloading my 30-Day Monster Girl Challenge and giving it a try.

A new challenge for December will be available next week in my art post, so keep an eye out.

Also, let me know which one was your favorite in the comments!


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Monster Art Progress

It’s week two of my Monster Art Challenge! This week has been an interesting one, art wise. I’ve been doing more without following a tutorial. I still followed one for the majority, but it’s nice to see that I can branch out and be happy with my results.

The Art of Sketching

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Also in art news, I finished my first sketchbook! I started it last year in September. I didn’t draw in it every single day, and I had a few other drawing pads that I was working in at the same time. Still, this is the first quality, bound sketchbook that I’ve drawn on every page.

It was exciting to know that I was reaching the end and purchasing a new one. Strangely, it made me feel like I’m a real artist!

It’s also made me realize that there really are a lot of different types of paper out there. There is a huge difference in the 65lb paper in my old sketchbook and the 75lb paper in the new one. The new paper is a lot smoother, which makes it easier to draw on. However, it also makes it more prone to smearing. This isn’t an issue when I’m working in pencil since I normally erase it after I ink. But it is an issue when I use certain types of ink.

I have several Pentel pens that I use for inking. Their fine tips give me nice thin lines and are easy to control. But the first time I tried to use them on the new paper I had major issues when I attempted to erase my pencil lines. Smear, smear, smear. I needed a pen that would absorb better, so now I’m using Sharpie ultra-fine tips and that seems to have done the trick.

I’ve also done a good bit more coloring this week, and I’m really starting to understand why people recommend Prismacolor pencils. Crayola just can’t compare. They are like a cross between pencils and soft crayons. The color is beautiful.

So without further ado, here is my week in art!

Monster Art Challenge Day 9: Demon

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This adorable little devil was done on 65lb drawing paper with pencil, Pentel ink, and Prismacolor pencils. For this one, I followed this tutorial by Fun2Draw

Monster Art Challenge Day 10: Succubus

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I’m not completely thrilled with this one. It came out…okay. It was after doing this one that I realized I need quite a bit of work on hands. She has itty bitty hands! I followed this tutorial on Dragoart.com for this one. I think my main issue with this one was that it came immediately after drawing a demon girl, and they are so similar.

This was drawn on 65lb drawing paper with pencil and Pentel ink.

Monster Art Challenge Day 11: Reptile Girl

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I started out with a tutorial for a dragon girl on this one. It was the closest that I could find to what I was looking for. However, I did tweak the drawing to exclude the horns, and I changed the face significantly to give it a more reptilian look.

This drawing was created on 65lb drawing paper with pencil, Pentel ink, and Prismacolor pencils.

Monster Art Challenge Day 12: Fairy

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I really love Fun2Draw on YouTube. Clearly! Three of my drawing this week come from her tutorials, including this one for a Fairy Princess. She is easy to follow, and the drawings are so cute! This is one of my favorites for this week.

This is the final drawing in my first sketchbook! Drawn on 65lb drawing paper with pencil, Pentel ink, and Prismacolor pencils.

Monster Art Challenge Day 13: Insect Girl

My insect girl has two pictures because I wanted to show just how much color can change a picture. Personally, I like the pre-colored version better on this one, but the mister prefers the colored version. Regardless, I’m pretty happy with this little lady bug, especially since she was done without a tutorial!

This is the first drawing in my new sketchbook! It was exciting to draw on that very first page and date it. I can’t wait to see what kind of progress I make from here to the last page.  Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with pencil, Pentel ink, and Prismacolor pencils.

Monster Art Challenge Day 14: Dullahan

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This is another that I did without a tutorial. Straight from my head to the paper! I really liked this one, so I was very disappointed when the ink smeared so badly. Due to the smearing, I decided not to color it. I was afraid it would get even worse. Still, I like her quite a bit.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with pencil and Pentel ink.

Monster Art Challenge Day 15: Dragon

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This is by far my favorite drawing from this week. It is just SO cute. This baby dragon is another tutorial from Fun2Draw. I didn’t feel like going with an anthro-style dragon, so instead, I made this adorable little baby super girly with pink skin and purple horns.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Next Week?

Next week, I have a ghost, goblin, alien, cyclops, faun, canine girl, and feline girl to draw. Stay tuned for more progress or join in by downloading my 30-Day Monster Girl Challenge and giving it a try.

Also, let me know which one was your favorite in the comments!


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