Connect the Dots Drawing Challenge

Have you heard of the Doodle Shapes Challenge from @1hour1sketch (Twitter Link)? If you haven’t, you’re missing out.

Watch the video, meet Adam, and learn about the challenge below:

One day we were chatting about doodle shapes and toddler life on discord and we came up with a concept for a new doodle challenge. Essentially, I let Nathaniel (my 3-year-) paint dots using my Huion tablet and doodlers choose the shapes they see the different dot patterns.

The first Connect The Dots Challenge looked something like this:

The concept of connecting the dots is a loose translation because any and all connections are acceptable. The dots are almost like a Rorschach test, but, have no fear, this isn’t a quiz on your mental state. It’s just a fun drawing challenge to get you thinking about something different.

Join the Knit-a-Doodle Doer’s Discord to get the next Connect The Dots template and share with the community. Sharing is definitely caring for this group.

Mo. 1 Wk 3: Cables #52Swatches

I’m back with another swatch. This one was difficult to reproduce stitch by stitch. During the first week, I could only sketch the first four rows. So, I reverted to an old art trick by creating a grid and drawing one square at a time. Over the last two weeks, I worked on it bit by bit.

This is the final result:

So, now I am onto the next swatch. I’m hopeful that I will finish it within the week.

If you would like to join the challenge, look to the original post for more information. I look forward to seeing your sketches.

 

#1hour1sketch Drawing Challenge

I follow A4manArtist on Twitch, Twitter, and Instagram. He started the #1hour1sketch drawing challenge. Every Wednesday, at 1PM US Central/7PM UTC, artists join Adam on his Twitch channel to determine the challenge prompt and do their best to draw it within the hour.

The prompt for January 24th, was a creepy scarecrow. Apparently, I set the bar high by completing it with color and glow effects, but it wasn’t too difficult to do. That’s because I had a very clear picture of what to do in my mind’s eye. The sketch was quick and dirty. The rest was painting and adjusting duplicate layers in different blending mode.

 

If you’re looking to join the challenge, I suggest following Adam using the links above, but don’t forget to follow @1hour1sketch, too. Happy sketching!

 



For more about Adam, visit his portfolio on a4man.com or chat away in his discord channel.

52 Swatches

 Welcome to my drawing challenge!

52 Swatches is a challenge created for knitwear designers. Stitch anatomy is something taken into consideration when drawing design details for submission. So, each week we’re going to draw a new 4″ [10cm] (1200px) square of a particular stitch pattern. Over time, the stitch patterns will become more complex.

The stitch patterns are posted to my Pinterest account. Start with month one and continue for 52 weeks or 13 months. You don’t have to start at the beginning of the month or even the year. I made this challenge to be as flexible as possible.

If you need to stay accountable, use #52swatches in your social media posts to show off your sketches. We’ll be your accountabilibuddies!

I’ll be starting the challenge on Saturday, February 3rd, and sharing my finished sketch on twitch first. Best of luck!

Part 2 – Back to Basics

I’ve spent a short time working with skulls, drapery, and still life work. It’s part of getting back to the basics of drawing and building a solid foundation in art skills. You can read part 1, here.

This is kind of goofy, but as much as I get back to the roots of drawing, the passion for knitwear designing is tapering off. Therefore, this blog loses focus. So, I’m going to leave my drawings and artwork to social media and Twitch.

Don’t worry, there will still be Saturday’s Sip and Stitch stream on Twitch. It just means my knitwear design takes prominence on the blog over sketching and art. The 52 swatches challenge stays on this blog as it pertains to the knitwear design aspect of drawing.

I hope that you still tune into the blog. Thank you, Lous for redirecting me. 😀

Sneak Peek: February Wallpaper

Happy Friday!

If you have not joined the mailing list, yet. Please, do. The next wallpaper is available on Monday, January 29th.

Below is a sneak peek of the final image.



This time I went a little Disney. It worked out well. I did some blending instead of straight cel-shading. I prefer that effect over blocks of darker shades laying on my characters.

Form is super important to my art style. It is the one true thing that I know about my art style. You’ll see more of it in March’s calendar and coming illustrations.

I hope you enjoy this sneak peek.