I know I haven’t been posting lately and I apologize to those who have stopped by only to see the same page again. Because I promise to do the National Novel Writing Month challenge with my daughter, I’m going to have to take the month of November off from my blog. I don’t know how far I’ll make it in the challenge, due to massive amounts of homework, but I’m going to give it my best shot. Today I made it to 1847 words. Not bad, but it took me most of the day to accomplish that and I don’t have many days that will be wide open like today.
The 90 day sketchbook challenge has lost all of its artists, probably because it’s too much to keep up with during the school year, so I’m going to put it on hold until next summer. But don’t be sad, we’ll throw in some short contests along the way. Just not this month!
If you are interested at all, you can check back in here during the month and I’ll post my word count whenever I can. See you more regularly in December.
Well, I’ve missed a couple of days again. In my effort to reorganize, I’ve decided to start posting the challenges on the Sketchbook Challenge Page only. If a particular post is related to the challenge, I’ll add the link. Otherwise, you can just go to the Sketchbook Page and find each days sketch there.
Unfortunately, no one got all of their sketches in for the Amazon Gift Card drawing, so we will draw again on November 2nd for Challenges #43 – #56. Don’t give up, we’re more than half way through.
I’d like to share this sketch with you today! From the great movie classic Little Women. I love the part where Jo stands to close to the fire and burns the back of her skirt, so then she has to stand with her back to the wall during the whole party and it about kills her.
The Sketchbook Challenges for the next three days are:
#46: A pair of glasses
#47: A firefly in a jar
#48: A musical instrument
Have you ever had to design a logo for a team or a club? A logo should be simple, yet the design should in someway represent the group it stands for. For example, a coffee shop might have a simple circle shape with a dash so that it looks like you are viewing a coffee cup from the top. Maybe the coffee shops name is One Cup Coffee Shop or something like that. A resort called The Swan Resort might have a large S shaped swan for it’s logo. A dentist could use a smiling tooth to represent it’s service.
Think of some popular logos you’ve seen around. Nike has the swoosh. McDonald’s has the big M and Target has the obvious red target.
Designing a logo takes some creative thinking. First, ask yourself what would best represent what this group is about. Then, think how it can best be depicted in a simple design. The more simple and unique it is, the better people will recognized and remember it. And, of course, millions of dollars spent advertising it helps out our memory!
Here is an example of a very creative design that combines two concepts of what this company is about: Africa and films. This design is by Milos Radojevic. Very creative.
You can see how he combined the two ideas in the one simple design.
Many logos also include two to three words. Sometimes it’s the name of the company and sometimes it’s their slogan.
Sketchbook Challenge #44 is sketching your favorite teams logo. I’m not really a sports fan, but I do like to watch the Minnesota Vikings occasionally. This is only to irritate my Green Bay Packer friends and family! I’d rather watch the PGA tour though. Here are a couple of examples for you.
Sketchbook Challenge #45 is to design a logo for Do Art Write. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with for this one!
Isn’t this lizard cute! I just had to share him today.
Sketchbook Challenge #42
Today’s challenge is to sketch a reflection on a lake or pond. It could be trees or mountains that are reflected, or maybe clouds. The calmness of the water’s surface will make a difference on how things are reflected. On a windy day there will be a distortion to the reflection. Plus, everything from the opposite side of the lake should be reflected upside down.
Sketchbook Challenge #43
It’s that time of the year here in northern Wisconsin. The mice are trying to come in! They are such a nuisance, but are still really cute. So the next sketch will be a mouse. Eeek!
I can’t believe how far behind I’ve gotten. I apologize. From my last post I’m sure you gathered we were out of town and getting Jeff off to New York. As soon as I got home last night, I had five hours of homework due at 11 pm, and it took me every minute to finish it. So, I’m going to be lame and list four more challenges today and give you extra time to catch up. Here they are.
Challenge #38 – Add shading to your line art project (just do the best your can)
Challenge #39 – Sketch a butterfly or grasshopper, your choice
Challenge #40 – Draw a bridge
Challenge #41 – Sketch a sign (stop sign, store sign, national park sign, any sign)
For the final touches, we will add shading to our line art guy. Since Jeff had to take off for New York yesterday and we all drove down to Minneapolis the night before his flight, he never finished writing about shading in the line-art. So, I’m going to post the final picture here and let him write about it when he gets home next week.
So, for now, I just want to point out that when you shade your work, you need to think about your light sources. There can be one main source coming from any direction, or from straight over head, or there can be more than one source. So, when you know the direction and strength of your light, then you will know the depth and direction of your shading. I’ll just leave it at that for now and let Jeff finish up when he gets back.
Our Line Art guy has become more colorful today. He is still looking a little flat, but tomorrow I will add the shading to him for a better look.
Nothing too technical here. I just added some simple coloring to his clothes, eyes, hair and skin. This is just the first step. Tomorrow, I promise to talk a little bit about how to use shading for more depth.
So, for an easy Challenge #37, just add some color to your work in progress sketch. See you tomorrow.
The winner of our second Amazon Gift Card drawing is MJ!! Thanks for your entries in the challenge and keep up the good work.
The next drawing will be held on October 19th for those who have turned in Sketchbook Challenges #29 – #42 by midnight of October 18th.
Moving on with the Line of Action series, here is the next step in the sequence. The blank guy from the last step, who was casually sitting and thinking, is starting to emerge with more details today.
He does look different now, since he has hair, facial feature and clothing, but you can still see the original pose I drew under the new details. Give it a try.
Take your work in progress and begin to add your own details to it. You can start from scratch and redraw the same pose using more details, or just work over the top of the last sketch. Add facial features, hair, clothes, muscle form, or whatever you like.
Tomorrow, I will be posting this guy in color and the next day I will add shading to complete the sketch. I’m excited to see how yours turns out, too.
Challenge #36 is to add details to your original line of action sketch.