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.
Designing is in a holding pattern around finishing a sample. It is probably my least favorite thing right now. During the spring, I’m all about doing as much as humanly possible and repeating the same set of stitches over some 240+ stitches for 20″ or more, is not fun for me. I like more complex projects around this time. However, to move forward I need to finish this sample. Ugh! lol
You can check my progress every Saturday during my Twitch stream at 8PM US Central Time (-5 GMT). I also talk about the design process, show current and future designs, spin yarn, and talk fiber preparation.
This past Saturday, I showed off the Comb and Hackle sets purchased from Blue Mountain Handcrafts and explained how they are used.
It’s always a ton of fun on Saturdays. I really enjoy sharing my knowledge about constructing yarns and textiles. If you’re interested in seeing anything in particular on my stream, feel free to shoot me a message on Discord.
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.
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!
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. 😀
On Sunday nights, I’ll be streaming some basic sketches. It’s a really a time for me to do some reference photo study. This past Sunday, it was all about facial expressions. the reference photo was of eyes only. The remaining portions were drawn from memory.
Spring has sprung, which is why your young one needs a classic style cocoon shrug. I designed this shrug with simplistic styling along the back for toddlers, children, and teens. There is “/cm of positive ease, so there is room to grow.
The pattern stitch was improvised from The Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns. Instead of repeating the flower after completing a bud, it would return to reverse stockinette stitch. The other change was the randomization of bud height. It is supposed to look like a line of buds waiting to bloom in the springtime.
Welcome to the last post in a series about my knitwear design process. Today, I’ll be talking about swatching. If you haven’t read the previous posts about where I find inspiration and using my sketchbook, you might be lost on future reading.