Movember catch-ups.

What do Chaplin, Sam Elliott and Wolverine have in common???

Almost nothing.

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Except they were requests in my Movember sketch challenge! If people give money to this cause, they earn the right to suggest a drawing! So here is Day 3, 4 and 5!

Keep Mo’ing on and donate here!

I can’t grow a moustache – but I can draw one!!

I was thinking as Inktober was ending… hmmm, I should keep drawing. Someone suggested, why not do a Movember theme? I thought it could be fun to think of 30 [31?] different sketches of moustaches and different styles to draw them in……. and THEN I thought, why NOT try to raise some moulas for this great cause whilst my pencil is running amok??

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So [with help from Tams of course] I quickly created a Movember profile, and just finished my first sketch! I thought Kip from Napoleon Dynamite was a good place to start on the moustache spectrum.

My plate is pretty full, but this is a great way for me to put some pressure on myself and support my Bros in the process.

Please consider donating and kicking my butt a bit further down the road to keep the drawings comin’! Click here to donate: http://ca.movember.com/mospace/8179729

Inktober comes to an end on Halloween.

What a great month of stretching myself and my pride, and getting encouraged by friends and other artists to just keep making art! Saw some AMAZING art created by artists I know and admire, wow. And what an awesome way to rediscover the joys of ink and paper. I will surely miss you Inktober, but onto something new!

With some suggestions from friends, I thought I would end this in Halloween-ish style, with help from ET, Beetlejuice and Gizmo.

Sketching “Psycho”.

Trying an exercise I haven’t done in a while…. watching a favourite film, pausing it whenever I like the composition, and trying to sketch it as fast as possible. Since I am [more than] slightly obsessed with anything Hitchcock created, and it’s almost Halloween, “Psycho” seemed appropriate. These didn’t all turn out, but with the good drawings come the… not so good ones.

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Onto the next scene!

Halloween-inspired Inktober’s.

Work has been really busy, and I can’t post the stuff I work on… so I am always trying to do a daily drawing of my own…. especially right now with Inktober!

One is a retro-inspired suggestion by my wife, and the other is a film-inspired sketch from “Hocus Pocus”. I got some commissions to work on too….. gotta get drawing!

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Crafting a card.

I used to make a ton of homemade cards, but I did mostly little watercolor designs. Lately though, I have become obsessed with using craft paper cutouts. So fun to get back to the second grader inside and just use scissors and glue!

I needed to do a card for friends of ours moving away to Cambodia to do some amazing work with the kids there. With some idea help from my brilliant wife, here’s how it turned out.

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Inktober-ing a Pumpkin Patch: Part 2

I decided to try a retro slant on these drawings…. my favourite style of illustration! But I have not done tons of these drawings myself, mostly out of intimidation. I am terrified to put up drawings and not be “good enough”. But I am learning…. learning so much.

Mostly… I am learning to extend the grace to myself that I try to extend to others. I am learning to have respect for the gift I do believe God has given me. And deciding to stop comparing myself to other artists and how much better they are than me… and just do art.

 

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It is making me very happy.  I hope it makes others happy too 🙂

This amazing quote from an artist I so respect hit the nail on the head this week. I will read this every morning!!

“I have failed many times in my life. But the secret is, as long as you learn from each mistake that is all that counts so you don’t repeat the mistake again and again. If YOU find yourself struggling as to what direction you wish to pursue in life, I can tell you this…. If you want to do art, you do art. Draw all the time and build up your skills. If you wish to improve your skills, learn from others, “mimicry is the prerequisite to creativity.” In order to find your ideas for creating, I have found the best way to do this is through your own observation as well. This is the most important. What do YOU see when you are at life drawing or at the coffee shop drawing people. Doing this will help you create new ideas. Do not concern yourself with what others are doing, When I say this, it is in reference to knowing that you are not them, learn from them but don’t compare, you will just drive yourself insane.
– Stephen Silver

Inktober-ing at the Pumpkin Patch, Part 1.

Sometimes I forget to extend the kind of grace I do to others, to myself. My beautiful wife always reminds me of this when I get frustrated after doing a drawing that doesn’t meet my own standards. I am really trying to get past that!! Sigh. Being a perfectionist artist comes with its’ struggles. These are by no means perfect drawings, but as in everything, they are a work in progress. I know I must do many bad and mediocre drawings to get to the good ones!

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