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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