Back at the end of the year, I signed up for a little challenge. Along with cross-stitching, drawing and painting was a HUGE part of my youth. It’s really where all my craftiness started. Up until I started knitting in my 20s, I was most likely to be found with a pencil and a sketchbook. You’ve seen a little of my artistic talents here, but it’s something I’d like to bring back into my life on a more regular basis.

So, when a facebook friend posted about the 30-Day Sketchbook Challenge, I though it would be an ideal way to polish up my rather rusty skills, without having to commit masses of time to it each day. It’s much like Inktober (for those of you who participate) – you get a prompt each day, and you can interpret it any way you wish, spending as much or as little time on it as you want.

I set myself some simple rules. I’d be working in pencil only, and spending no more than 15-minutes on each sketch. I want to get back into the habit of drawing, but I don’t want it to become a chore. It’s not about being a da Vinci – these are just quick practice sketches. Like warming up before a marathon.

We are 13 days in, and so far, I’m enjoying it.

I’ve had to get creative with a few. As I’m sketching in only pencil – “Pink” was a challenge. But I figured it would be obvious that Rupert’s little beans are pink. And I didn’t have any feathers, or cake in the house, so I had to use internet photos for those. And trying to get a few pebbles from the frozen ground… harder than you think!

I’m looking forward to finishing out the month – then finding way to bring a little artwork into my daily routine afterwards.

13 thoughts on “Sketchy

  1. Melissa

    Valerie, you may think you’re rusty but your sketches are amazing. As someone who has always wanted to be able to ‘draw’ and have as much talent in that creative endeavor as a log; I’ve been content to knit, crochet and cross stitch (happily mind you) for the last fifty years. Please continue to share your sketches as well as your other crafts. Hugs


  2. Those are fantastic Val. I can’t draw at ALL. Nothing. I’m so impressed by you and several other blog friends that have that wonderful talent. I wouldn’t have thought of Rupert’s sweet little feet. Good for you. 🙂 Please keep showing us these beautiful works of art.


  3. Araignee

    That’s how I feel about Inktober. It really pushes me to use my creative energy in a different way which is very satisfying. I always say I am going to keep it up all year but I never do. Christmas card making always does me in.


  4. Shirley Elliott

    Very impressive! As someone who has not progressed beyond daisies and cat faces, I admire your sketches. Looking forward to seeing the remainder of the month in sketches.


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