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List of Monthly Drawing Challenges for WHOLE Year

Update 01-04-2018: I did it! I uploaded for Inktober 2017! Well, I'm still uploading for it. But that's because I want to hit my go...

Friday, September 14, 2018

Sketch Diary: Inked sorceress in blue


This was one of the first drawings I did with my new fancy shmancy lightbox. Why did I wait so long to get one?!?! They're awesome. The blue ink was a random impluse I indulged because I felt like playing with my pen nibs. I was struggling to get the thinner long lines to be smooth. But I didn't really care about this drawing. I thought the original sketch was meh. But I actually like how this ink version turned out with the etching and such.

with love - M

September 14, 2018 at 12:33AM


Whoa clip studio paint is smooth as silk. #clipstudiopaint #purplehair #digitalsketch #beforeandafter #wip via Instagram https://ift.tt/2NH7QiN

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Sketch Diary: Inked Kaiju inspired by Pacific Rim


Isn't he cuh-uuute! This just started as a weird doodle and ended up being a ton of fun to draw and eventually ink.

Watch me ink this bad boy -

5x speed

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with love - M

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Sketch Diary: Yoga standing leg stretch


I used Quickposes.com to give me a random reference image to use and I feel like I got really lucky with this one. I mean look at it, profile, no weird angles/perspectives. Super lucky hah. Anyway, I like how the sketch turned out. The shoes don't look quite... real? I clearly don't spent alot of time drawing shoes.

Wanna see my draw this? Here ya go-

5x speed

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with love - M

September 12, 2018 at 12:24AM


Ah the elusive wine mermaid. They only appear when a wine glass is left full for too long, a rare occurence indeed. #mermaid #wine #inkdrawing #ink #scales #drawing #fins #glass via Instagram https://ift.tt/2p1puQq

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Sketch Diary: Hand gestures for the win

Ah we meet again. My nemesis. Let's be real, I have lots of nemesisis...isis. But hands are just tough for most folks I think. So many little muscles and bones and getting the right planes set up from the beginning... but I'm actually quite pleased with these. They show my struggle and perseverance lol.

You too can revel in my drawing adventures-

4x speed


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with love- M

September 10, 2018 at 11:46PM


Knees are surprisingly fun to draw #gesturedrawing #quickposes #pencildrawing #hunk #muscular #sketch via Instagram https://ift.tt/2NvDznb

Monday, September 10, 2018

Sketch Diary: Another gesture dump (plus video)


Gotta keep practicing those S, C, I lines. I'm still a bit stiff in these gestures. I like the pose on the left, middle. It looks fairly natural. 10 gestures down, a million to go hahah. Your turn now - Quickposes.com.

Watch me throw down these sweet sweet lines -

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with love - M

Saturday, September 8, 2018

September 08, 2018 at 08:05PM


Check out that sexy dude on the right. I should brush up on my buff dude gestures heh #gesturedrawing #gestures #pencildrawing #pose #quickposes via Instagram https://ift.tt/2MemHNf

Friday, September 7, 2018

September 07, 2018 at 07:47PM


Who me? But I don't know any sea witch... #mermaid #inkdrawing #lightbox #micronpen via Instagram https://ift.tt/2wQyb4i

Sketch Diary: A dancer (face experiment)


I wasn't intending to finish this practice. Initially, I just wanted to practice a style of doing facial features I had seen somewhere. But one thing led to another and here we are. It feel stiff, head too big and hands/arms too small but I still like it enough. Not every sketch needs to be awesome.

You can watch me draw her here:
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with love - M

Thursday, September 6, 2018

September 06, 2018 at 06:08PM


Sometimes you just need to draw something WEIRD. #pencildrawing #unwind #ribbons #weirdart via Instagram https://ift.tt/2oNAtx2

Sketch Diary: Gestures for days


Another quick gesture study using Quickpose.com. I was still really stiff here. Some of the more recent practices, I've had better luck with using those smooth S, C and straight lines to get more of the feeling of the pose, rather than moving into contouring too quickly. Each practice has been an education in some way.

with love - M

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

September 05, 2018 at 09:01PM


My goto gurl #comfyartstyle #ink #drawing #micronpen via Instagram https://ift.tt/2NRIP1q

Sketch Diary: Curly haired climber girl


Just an ink practice of a sketch in my mini sketchbook. I don't know what I was thinking with the hair. It looks like... idk but it's weird and I'm not a fan. But that's what sketchbooks are for - messing around, making mistakes. This is why I've been working with more references lately. I'm just tired of getting things wrong lol.

But if you're into it, you can watch me draw this---
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with love - M

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

September 04, 2018 at 06:53PM


Quick digital gesture practice #digitalsketch #gesturedrawing #dancer via Instagram https://ift.tt/2wJRgFv

Sketch Diary: Sword fighter digital sketch


I've been neglecting to upload any of the digital work I've been doing so here's one. I'm not a seasoned warrior of the pen tablet... but I like using it. It's nice not having to worry about smearing the graphite with the side of your hand. Or accidentally bunching or ripping the paper. I think paper will always be my go-to but watch me 50 years from now be all 'Paper is the devil! Digital art or die!'. Who knows.

Oh hey, you can watch me draw here:
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with love - M

Monday, September 3, 2018

September 03, 2018 at 04:26PM


Lightbox inking means no pencil marks to erase!! Idk why I waited so long to get one. #ink #drawing #micronpen via Instagram https://ift.tt/2oEsEcB

Sketch Diary: Speed faces in 60 seconds or less


10 faces, 60 seconds, GO. Again, I used Quickpose for this practice page. Highly recommended. Not just that website, but also the entire practice of fast gesture drawing. Do iiiiiit.

You can watch me draw!

4x speed


1x speed


with love - M

Friday, August 31, 2018

Sketch Diary: How many gestures can fit on a page??


Gestures are so wild, to me. I like to set a timer (started using Quickpose and it's THE BEST) for 60 seconds or so and just see what happens. It helps loosen up the hand, helps you see things for what they are as a whole and not get lost in the details, and sometimes helps you feel super accomplished cuz hey! you just drew 10 things! That's 10 things that helped you learn. 10 things that moved you forward. And usually, I find I get at least one jem out of it that I then use in a more finished drawing later.

You can watch me draw!

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with love - M

Monday, August 20, 2018

Sketch Diary: Black Sails - Charles Vane (plus video!)


--Click here to check out what I've been up to on youtube--

Who doesn't love a good pirate portrait?! This one was more challenging than the Captain Flint drawing I did. Maybe I'll just do everyone in the series. Well... everyone but Eleanor. She doesn't get anything. Yeah I'm bitter.

Black Sails - Charles Vane

5x speed

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with love - M

Friday, August 17, 2018

Sketch Diary: Ink of Hey Boi


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It's usually relaxing for me to ink, since it tends to require less thought than sketching. But I was really tense when I inked this so I ended up needing to go back over some lines a second time. Gotta keep it loose! Clean but loose.


5x speed


1x speed

with love - M

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sketch Diary: Colored ink of Raleigh


--Click here to check out what I've been up to on youtube--

I wanted to play with using my brush pens to ink something instead of straight black. Joel liked the original sketch of this drawing. I think I agree? Not sure. I like color. I definitely smeared his poor eye though, you can catch that goof on video below.

4x speed

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with love - M

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Sketch Diary: Captain Flint portrait


This was a ton of fun to draw. I don't draw from life or from reference much. Trying to change that. And this particular drawing I did in honor of  my fav dude's birthday. Hope you like it at least 10% as much as he did hehe.

Black Sails - Captain Flint

with love - M

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Sketch Diary: Rainbow ink Pearl fan art


AH! I love Pearl. And all of Steven Universe, really. But I really like how cute this looks in rainbow ink. I used brush pens here. BUT... I also inked this while standing with my big easel. It was very interesting since this drawing is in my mini sketchbook. I had to straddle the easel a little so I could get close enough to the sketchbook. That's why some of the lines are super wiggly. Good learning experience. Will definitely try both the rainbow inking technique as well as the stand-up easel again.

with love - M

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Sketch Diary: Punk lounging in the grass


A quick ink practice in my mini sketchbook. I love the high on the hip straps with low waisted jeans look.

with love - M

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Sketch Diary: Big ears don't care


Sometimes you just gotta draw weird ears. I was playing with the pose and I'm sad to say it didn't survive my goofs. But still a fun drawing.

with love - M

Monday, August 6, 2018

New drawing video! Ink of a sassy lady

--Click here to check out what I've been up to on youtube--


This was in my smaller sketchbook that I keep at my desk. I was kind of tense when I recorded the inking, not sure why. But I ended up not detailing as much. Looking at it now, I wish I'd just taken it a bit further. Good learning tool, though.

5x speed

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with love - M