100 Days of Botanicals

Yesterday was the last day of this year’s 100 Day Project, which is an annual global art project, free for anyone to join in. All you have to do to take part is choose a creative project that you can work on every day and do it every day for 100 days. If you choose, you share your work online with the hashtag #the100dayproject.

I’ve taken part twice in the past, making patterns and hand lettering. This year I decided that every day I would make a small drawing with a botanical theme – flowers, fruit, vegetables, leaves… These are the 100 drawings I made and as you can see, I played around with different mediums and styles and I really enjoyed it.

There were times when it felt difficult or like I really didn’t want to draw another flower ever again but I kept going and I’m glad I did. It’s been a really good way to create a new body of work and be playful at the same time.

I have some ideas about what I want to do next but for the moment I have a big piece of work to finish and then I think I’m going to have a bit of a rest from making new drawings for a bit.

In the meantime, I’m slowly adding all of these 100 drawings to my Etsy shop. Some have already sold but if the one you like isn’t there yet it will probably appear over the next couple of weeks.

Bear in a Scarf

Bear Wearing Scarf

A bear I painted in my sketchbook a few weeks ago. I’m thinking of making more drawings of animals in knitwear and more animals in general. Are there any animals in particular that you’d like to see me draw/paint?

All of Inktober

Inktober drawings part 1

So, as you know, all through October I took part in the Inktober drawing challenge. The idea is to draw in ink as often as you can throughout the month, although most people seem to aim for daily drawings and that’s what I went for too.

Unlike the daily drawings that I set for myself in other months, I decided to not have a theme and a lot of the time that did make things more difficult because it creates a good atmosphere for procrastination while you decide what to draw.

Inktober drawings part 2

I spent one week of October in Toledo in Spain and that gave me lots of new inspiration for drawings, especially since we stayed in a house that had a lovely view across some of the city’s rooftops. So for a while Inktober became my motivation to keep a travel journal.

Some days I knew exactly what I wanted to draw and other days it was more of a struggle. Some drawings I was pleased with and others I wished I’d not done, or had taken more time over. Some were from ‘real life’ and others from photos and some feel more finished or ‘polished’ than others but that’s just how these things go.

You can see each of the individual drawings on my Instagram feed (and also on Twitter), where I shared them each day, and if you click on the collages in this post you can see a higher res version of each of them on Flickr (although the layout of the collages means that some of the drawings have been cropped slightly).

Did you take part in Inktober? If you did, please let me know in the comments below where I can find your drawings because I enjoy seeing all the different styles from that month.

P.S. Because I’m a day out of sync with my posts this week, my links post will be going up on Saturday instead of Friday.

A Person a Day for Drawing August

Watercolour drawing of shopkeeper

As I mentioned last week, I’m taking part in the Twitter-based Drawing August challenge for the third year running.

To be able to draw every single day, I’ve been finding that setting some boundaries for myself has been helpful. Last August I decided that, unlike the previous year, I would make things more manageable by keeping my daily drawings very tiny. That still left me with more “A Person a Day for Drawing August”