There were so many wonderful art and illustration prompts circulating in December. I’m excited to share the new illustrations I created in my sketchbook for the #Advent_Challenge2021, many of which were inspired by my own December daily doodle project.
Traipsing through the snow
Visiting a Christmas Market
Cabin in the Woods
I love how these turned out so I’m excited to do something fun with them.
I started a new plan this year to create seasonal art by setting up a new sketchbook each month, brainstorming a theme, color palette, surface pattern, greeting card to hand-letter and character sketches and vignettes for little stories. I’m a very in-the-moment kind of person so I’m hoping this will help me establish seasonal art I can promote over the next year, in advance of the season to allow time for publishing and manufacturing.
I painted this pattern in my December sketchbook for a wrapping paper or greeting card design.
I also hand-lettered a greeting card design in two different sizes, a square shape and a rectangular shape.
Next up I’m working on a few woodland animal character sketches for little story vignettes.
One of my favorite things to do is simply draw an animal or scene with a pencil but I also love painting, so I’m excited to see these little illustrations come to live with watercolor!
In September, I participated in an online summit called Start Your Art, a summit full of art lectures, videos, demonstrations and inspirations to help restart an art practice. As promised, it provided lots of empowerment, inspiration, ways to overcome fear and connect with yourself.
I watched each of the sessions and did the creative exercise on the same day they were released because I knew if I got behind, I would have trouble catching up.
I adore sketchbook art so I completed almost all of the daily demos and challenges in two sketchbooks. Here’s what I got out of most of the sessions, with only a few incomplete (ideas still brewing).
So fun to have all of these ideas captured in my sketchbooks! I’m excited to finish some of the pages that are blank, and to flush out some of these characters and vignettes and scenes into something more. This summit definitely restarted my personal art practice!
I love looking back through my own sketchbooks and illustrations for inspiration for new ideas to draw and illustrate. Here’s one of my favorite illustrations, a daily doodle for the month of October which was part of a year-long daily doodle challenge I did.
I really loved this challenge and hope to make time to do this again!
I always love looking back through my own old sketchbooks and illustrations for new inspiration. Here are a few of my favorites with a fall theme, from daily doodles to tiny art to watercolor splatter drawings:
Capturing the essence of my day with a new sketchbook project – pages from book 2, started April 1, 2020. (most current sketchbook page on top) Sometimes it’s just a drawing of what I saw today, and sometimes it’s a drawing of a quote I want to remember.
I completed a lot of drawing and illustration projects in 2016. It’s fun to see my best nine on Instagram, based on the number of likes, which includes some tiny art, animal art, watercolor experiments, and black and white drawings from my moleskin sketchbook.
I completed 44 weekly animal art illustrations (not all shown here), which is wonderful to look through. I learned a lot about drawing animals and page composition, and I had fun experimenting with a variety of watercolors.
I loved working on this weekly animal art project in 2016, and my daily doodle in 2015, so I’m not sure what to do in 2017 for a daily drawing challenge. Cheers to a better year in 2017!