Took a break from the blog as I raised my son through the early part of toddlerhood, I couldn’t keep up with the updates and stay creative, but I seem to have found my stride again.
Earlier this year I attempted a 100 day challenge, I got quite far before I started having a fibromyalgia flare that forced me to stop and I lost the train of productivity. Truth be told, I loved the sketches and felt it was a direct source of levelling up but I was neglecting other artistic endeavors to achieve those results. A far better project would include some variation and breaks within the week.
Each day I would research a new animal that I haven’t drawn much before, and study it in detail. I’d do sketches for shape, proportions, common poses, challenging areas, and the anatomy of limbs, etc. The medium was ballpoint pen in a molskein notebook, minimum 2 pages per critter.
The above drawing is from day 16: koi There was a tank of goldfish in the doctors office where I started sketching. It’s interesting to look for the pre-tetrapod anatomy within the two sets of paired fins.
I think I will schedule a posting of one or more pages at a time, so that all my sketches can be seen evolving as I improve or change methods. Since I started this blog I now have over a year and a half of Schoolism classes under my belt, and the difference is quite dramatic. I will write a review of each class I took in the near future!
Here are a few more of the sketches from the first days of the project: