One of the exercises on the drawing course is to develop a “selfie” cartoon … a character self portrait. This caused me to use up a lot of pages in the sketch book. And to get really upset. Vanity struggles with realism. Ageing is not a good look for me, never mind the artistic challenge of frizzy grey hair.
I am doing another Domestika art course. This time it is a course by Swedish illustrator Mattias Adolfsson whose complex work has kept me fascinated … and laughing … for some years now. Very pleased to get the chance to learn from his insight on “The Art of Sketching: Transform your Doodles into Art”.
Above all this keeps me drawing every Lockdown day. And ironically is helping me overcome that dreadful “this is ART” feeling which descends upon me like a heavy, tight, Sunday Best hat.
This is a licence to play. Of course, having said that, I am already tearing my hair out.
“Tomorrow is the first day of Inktober 2020. A prompt a day for the 31 days of October. I’m hoping to stitch the challenge prompts into a story based around a character called Thaddeus Biskit.”
Are you sure? A story? Really?
“Yes, Mum! Let me introduce Mr Thaddeus Biskit and the love of his life Mavis.”
I think you’ll find that’s a lot of dots for the entire month of October, dear.
Jake Parker started this challenge some years ago. A drawing a day for each day of October – with a list of prompts to pep the challenge.
Here are the prompts if you haven’t seen them already.
The rules are:
1) Make a daily drawing in ink using the day’s prompt as a theme. (I think things have broadened these days – if you make digital art then go ahead. The point is the challenge and sharing of regular drawing practice and images.)
2) Post it on any social media account you want or just post it on your refrigerator.
3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2020
I’m going to!
*In the UK we have a category which the government has designated “shielded” which includes people vulnerable to the effects of Covid 19 and therefore not allowed to leave their homes for any purpose other than medical.
This household is one of them.