Sketchbook challenge finale

The 30-day sketchbook challenge has come to and end.

That’s all 30 sketches for your viewing pleasure. Some are definitely better than others. But they are just sketches, not masterpieces, so that’s ok. I’m sure even Holbein had crap sketching days.

And I have to confess, I did not sketch one each day. There were several days too chaotic to take even 10 minutes to pick up the pencils. So, there were a few times I was playing catch up and doing several sketches at once. I limited myself to 10 minutes per sketch, as a reminder that this was just practice.

This exercise did reinforce one thing: Why I didn’t take up as a study/career: I HATE being told what to draw. There were days I really struggled with the prompt trying to come up with something that worked with the prompt that I would actually enjoy.

This was a struggle throughout my school years… if I didn’t like the subject matter, getting me to create a piece of art around it was like pulling teeth.

Still, this was mostly fun. But I think I need to find another way to get myself picking up the pencils more often.

11 thoughts on “Sketchbook challenge finale

  1. I know what you mean – I’m not that good at drawing to begin with, and then when we were “supposed to” draw something, it was just plain discouraging.

    I like the variety of what you drew, though.


  2. Stretching your creativity is a good thing, but I’m with you…don’t tell me what to (in my case) read!
    I once joined a reading challenge, and there were 26 topics to hit, such as a book written before 1900, a book with a character that is your name, a book more than 900 pages, etc. HATED IT! My to-be-read list is over 500 books right now, and those are all books that I CHOOSE.
    Asking me to read a book for a book club or reading challenge is like fingernails on a chalkboard!


  3. It’s wonderful to see you sketches and your interpretation of the prompt. I love the clown fish and the self portrait.I hope you’ll continue to sketch and that you share your drawings.


  4. Shirley Elliott

    WOW! Those are impressive especially for ten minutes each. For some reason, my favorites were the chair and shoe. You definitely need to work sketching into your crafting adventures.


  5. Wow! I can’t believe you did each of those in 10 minutes. They are quite good, and I would have guessed each one took 20 to 30 minutes. You’ve got some talent there!
    I also hate being told what to draw/embroider/knit. But, I know I shouldn’t be so particular. I know I’ll learn more if I get out of my comfort zone.


  6. I like the snowman and the slipper. You definitely have a lot of talent Val. I don’t blame you for not wanting to be told what to draw. Especially since quitting my job a few years ago. It’s nice to, for the most part, only have to please Dennis and myself.


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