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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...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Sketch Diary: Soft and smooth lines - Ink portrait

I enjoyed the original sketch of this but the ink process was more tedious. Not sure why. I think it was... too simple? So it was actually challenging to keep the lines smooth and uncomplicated. I like the result well enough. Again... should have waited so I could ink this for Inktober!!! What a fool I am.

Watch me draw this portrait-----
5x speed

1x speed

with love - M

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Sketch Diary: Cutie character design - Ink

I should've waited to ink this for Inktober... what was I thinking lol. Oh well - I was on a roll and just wanted to play with my new lightbox as much as possible. Such a 'worth-it' purchase.

Watch me draw this cutie below-------
6x speed
1x speed

with love - M

Monday, November 19, 2018

Sketch Diary: 60 seconds of gesture chaos

Just a sketch dump full of gestures. I think my fave poses are in the bottom left. Quickposes.com - go check it out. Do some gesture exercise pages! It's fast, fun, and you'll feel super productive. If you're just starting out, I recommend focusing on drawing as fast as possible so maybe even just do 30 seconds or less per image. Just get those basic shapes down. You can always go back and pick out a favorite at the end and develop it further into another more formal drawing.

with love - M

Friday, November 16, 2018

Sketch Diary: Snake tail mermaid character

This is what happens when you just go for that gesture/pose... but don't pay attention to positioning on the page or ratio between head and hands, etc. Still like her. She a lil' sassy.

Yo - watch me draw this madness...
5x speed
1x speed

with love - M

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Sketch Diary: Pretty boy portrait - Ink

Here is my handsome boy. You're welcome.

Watch me draw this here--------------
7x speed
1x speed

with love - M

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Sketch Diary: Hangin' around - aerial acrobatics

This was hella fun to draw. Lighting on the reference image was great, had so many great little shapes going on. I goofed up a bit on the head and the feet. Still love it. Aerial acrobatics is amazing. I would never do it myself but will always watch other people in awe while they perform.

Watch me draw this beauty---

5x speed

1x speed

with love - M

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Sketch Diary: Gesture mashup - all the curves

Guess what! I like to practice gesture drawing... can't you tell lol?!

Wanna watch me draw this? SURPRISE you can...

4x speed
1x speed

with love - M

Monday, November 12, 2018

November 12, 2018 at 10:49PM

Oh hey random doodle that turned out ok. I'm really enjoying playing in Clip Studio. #linear #digitalsketch #drawing #fancy #beading #portrait via Instagram https://ift.tt/2qHI691

Sketch Diary: Lilac haired digital portrait

I'm late to the Clip Studio party... but man is it sweet. The drawing above was a quick sketch that turned into playing with a bunch of settings and such. It's far from perfect hah but it was really fast and fun. I'm excited to spend less time rendering and more time just drawing and painting digitally. But if you want to see something wild... See the image below! A similar colored drawing that I scanned and then colored probably using the original Photoshop back in 2002. 

with love - M

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Saturday, October 27, 2018

October 27, 2018 at 12:07AM

Sometimes there's only enough energy for the thumbnail. And that's okay. #inktoberprep #thumbnail #wip #pencildrawing #sketch #octopus via Instagram https://ift.tt/2SmA3er

Thursday, October 25, 2018

October 25, 2018 at 12:38AM

So many scales... But ultimately, still fun to draw. Inktober day 10 - flowing. #inktober2018 #Inktober #ink #pendrawing #mermaids #lounging #scales #fins #lineart via Instagram https://ift.tt/2RfuPQo

Sunday, October 7, 2018

October 07, 2018 at 11:46AM

Forgot to upload this in August. But look! The pic that the kennel sent us of Baku... We are twins! #Baku #akita #likemom via Instagram https://ift.tt/2NsfV6X

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Sunday, September 30, 2018

September 30, 2018 at 10:30PM

Omg we slept half the weekend after the party. Long week. But we made it. Halloween here I cooooooome! #pex #pexgardenparty #philly via Instagram https://ift.tt/2NSdqjB

Friday, September 28, 2018

September 28, 2018 at 07:40PM

More face studies #faces #pencildrawing #sketch #portrait via Instagram https://ift.tt/2NLk1w1

Sketch Diary: Welcome to the mermaid conference

Thanks for taking time out of your busy life to join us at the mermaid conference! Hehe but for real, this was a fun break from practicing gestures and trying to work on more challenging drawings. When in doubt, I always go back to the mermaids.

with love - M

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Sketch Diary: Brush pen inking of a poofy haired portrait (plus video)

Mmm brushpens! My favorite kind of pen to struggle with when I'm tired. So I do most of my drawing late at night, that's just when I'm able to make time right now. And the later it gets, the shakier my hands (and resolve) tend to get. But I was determined! By thunder, I was gonna brush ink the hell out of this drawing. I think it's... ok. Maybe I'll like it more after I color it.

Wanna watch me battle with sleep before your very eyes?! Help yourself:

5x speed
1x speed

with love - M

September 27, 2018 at 06:16PM

Took a break from 60 second gestures to do some longer face studies. About 15 mins each. #faces #portrait #pencildrawing via Instagram https://ift.tt/2OlFYBa

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

September 26, 2018 at 09:58PM

What a handsome boi. #inkdrawing #ink #lineart #characterdesign #portrait #drawing #pen via Instagram https://ift.tt/2xFcnt9

Sketch Diary: Landscape attempts in 60 seconds

When you don't even know what's happening but you just gotta keep going forward hah. These were all sketched from actual photos, I swear. But in less then 60 seconds each... my lack of landscape understanding shows. I just need to do about... 1 million more of these and maybe I'll get somewhere.

with love - M

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

September 25, 2018 at 09:56PM

Workin' on 60 second poses. #gestures #pencildrawing #quickposes #pose #sketch via Instagram https://ift.tt/2xNeGcM

Sketch Diary: Lovey parrots in green ink (plus video)

A quick inking using old school dip pens and some pretty green ink. Dey soh cuhuuute! I love these two snuggle buns.

And you can watch me ink them here:

5x speed

1x speed

with love - M

Monday, September 24, 2018

Sketch Diary: Mo' gestures, mo' problems

Too tight! I was struggling to stay loose with this sketch session. Just couldn't get those curves to work. It happens. That's the point a sketch book, my peeps. Muck it up. Join me... Quickposes.

with love - M

Thursday, September 20, 2018

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

1x speed

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

1x speed

with love - M