Almost done with February: Joys and struggles

February is on its way out. Yay, to be honest. It was one busy, crazy month, and final couple of days will be no different. We had a snowstorm this week, it wasn’t bad, but I can’t wait for spring.

Despite being very busy I managed to do most of my preferred art exercises this week. Let’ take a look:

I managed to do every prompt from doodlewash challenge. Most I am delighted with, the only truly embarrassing one is an attempt at a portrait, but everybody knows I am no portraitist (at least for now)

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I did a couple more watercolors first was an illustration for 52  weeks illustration challenge

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Another was a quick on location sketch done in a garden

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Only 1 marker drawing this week, but I am so pleased with this. I drew along with a webinar and it was so much fun to draw this starling

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I did a papercut. It was rough, since I fell out of practice during this 2 weeks hiatus.It was a major setback and although I liked the design I came up with, I am not showing it, hoping to rework it next week.

I haven’t done any digital work this week, hopefully will next week.

Soft Pastels:

I drew a seascape for the instagram group challenge, I love drawing sea so much, it calms me down and I get to daydream a lot 😀

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My second pastel drawing this week was inspired by Studio Ghibli movies’ backgrounds, his movies have the best meadows and gardens. I also thought a gazebo in Denver Botanic Gardens, which is one of my favorite spots there.

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My inspiration this week also came from a trip to Terry Ludwig’s pastel store. I picked up some colors for my spring drawings and it was so much fun to look at all the lovely pastels and colors. I hope to return for a tour with kids sometimes soon

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Drawing from life with colored pencils was tough this week as well. Natalie Ratkovski gave “hands and rings” as the theme, and, although I watched an online lesson, I had such a hard time and finally was able to complete the drawing on the third try. I often hear an advice to draw hands as much as possible, and never follow it and today was the payback for that 😀

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No matter what I couldn’t get the proportions or shape right, so I ended up drawing simple shapes on my actual hand , which helped a little

Ah, I suffered so much, but when I looked at one of my old drawings, about a year and a half back I was glad to see there was some progress made. I think I will make a point of drawing hands once in a while after all, feet too

 

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I did a perspective study, and once again felt what difference a regular practice makes, I will try not to miss any more

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Embroidery! I enjoy it more and more, I did it for over 21 days and I am so looking forward to making it to 100, and then 300 and in the end completing the whole year. My stitched garden grows every day

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And last, but not least, my illustrated journal, which I managed to keep with a varied degree of success this week. 5e14f18e-bc9f-48b8-b31a-03c1e0678f41

In a couple of days I will share my favorites from the month of February and talk about my art plans for March.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Love,

Anya

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