Thing a day

I'm going to try to get back to the drawing-or-something-a-day habit. I signed up on Thing-a-day, which hopefully will kick my butt back into gear. (If you want to do something creative for the month of February, there's still time to join up there.)

I know that all the writing that I do is creative, but I still feel the urge to do creative things that are not digital. I spend far more time with my computers than I do any human being, or anything else, and there's something profoundly dissatisfying about that.

I also want to loosen up and do quick sketches, rather than obsessive multi-hour drawings that I was doing last year.

Not quite a picture a day, no. 11: Red chili peppers


I am fairly happy with this one, especially the red. Took about eight hours total!

Not quite a picture a day, no. 10: Desem bread

011107-desembread.jpgI am still drawing...but I haven't been able to keep up the daily picture goal. There are a couple of reasons for this; first, I've just not had the time, or given it the time, on days when I've been swamped with work and other matter.

A picture a day, day 9: Spotty bananas

010907-bananas.jpgBananas (no. 9): colored pencil

Past their prime though still tasty. The spots seemed to increase as I was drawing.

A picture a day, day 8: Red knitting

010807-knitting.jpgRed Knitting (no. 8): colored pencil

I am knitting a bright red mohair scarf. Hopefully I'll finish it before winter, such as it is, ends.

I have come to the conclusion that I can't use the scanner for scanning these drawings. It's fine for photographs but seems to choke on artwork. So, I'm going to have to photograph the picture the next day (since I am usually drawing in the evening, after the day's work is done.)

A picture a day, day 7: Square paper clip

010707-squarepaperclip.jpgSquare paper clip: graphite

I am much more comfortable in black and white than in color. I need to make a color chart of the pencils I have. The only drawback of graphite is that it gets all over the hands.

A picture a day, day 6: Woman in Red

010607-womaninred.jpgWoman in Red: colored pencil (Faber-Castell ColorGrip 2001)

This lady really stood out in the crowds of people doing their Saturday shopping in Zürich yesterday. In a town where most people wear blacks, greys and browns in the winter, she was wearing a bright red coat with a bright red hat. She wasn't that young or pretty, but she definitely drew stares - and smiles.

010607-womaninredsketch.thumbnail.jpgThere are more things around here in the sketch but I left them out and just left in the grey color around her.

Square paper clip

Square paper clip

Graphite (4B)

Woman in Red (no. 6b)

Woman in Red (no. 6b)

colored pencil (Faber-Castell ColorGrip 2001)

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