Nica

Sketch Daily: Free Draw Friday

I got a new Christopher Hart book. Yes, this is my 6th one (I think I have an art book addiction, send help). This one is all about cartooning and even includes a section about animals. I really like it because I’m trying to learn how to simplify shapes and details and it gives tons of examples and things to practice. Today I decided to draw a teen boy because I very rarely draw boys and I definitely need the practice. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, but it took me quite a while to get it right. I kept wanting to add too many details and I had to force myself to simplify. I know I’ll get the hang of it eventually, but for now it’s a struggle.

Hello 2021!

Happy New Year! Usually every year I make a big list of resolutions, but this year I’ve decided to guide my decisions based on two goals: 1) getting healthy and 2) embracing the discomfort. This first is pretty straight forward, but I should probably explain the second.

I realized this last year that there are a lot of things I don’t do because I’m basically avoiding discomfort. For example, one of my weekly tasks is to clean the bathrooms, but I constantly put it off because I’ve deemed it a complete pain in the ass. In my head, I’ve built it up to this Herculean task that will take forever, when in reality it takes 30 minutes tops and doesn’t require a whole lot of effort. I used to beat myself up and label myself lazy. But all that did was make me feel worse about myself and definitely didn’t inspire me to get the damn bathrooms clean.

However, I’ve decided to try re-scripting the conversation that goes on in my head and asked myself what it is that I’m trying to avoid. The answer, to my surprise, was simply boredom. Cleaning the bathrooms is boring. And by trying to avoid the discomfort of being bored, my brain brews up a swirling shit storm of negative thoughts to make sure I walk away. It’s a defense mechanism really. My brain is just trying to keep me in my comfort zone because in a very basic way, comfort is equal to safety. But now that I know this, I need to flip it on its head. Instead of stepping outside my comfort zone, I need to actually expand that zone to include things that I once deemed uncomfortable. Embrace the discomfort.

As for my blog, I plan on continuing my daily art posts. I am going to work on a weekly schedule that includes writing, because I haven’t had the time for that lately and I don’t want it to fall to the wayside. And in case you didn’t know, I also started a YouTube channel. I’m super excited about building that up this year and plan on making one video per week. Where will I find all the time? I have no idea. But I’m sure going to give it my best.

So here’s to a new year of full of creativity, good health, comfortable discomfort, and clean bathrooms! What are your goals for this shiny new year?

100 Digital Heads Challenge, # 20

I wasn’t really inspired by today’s portrait so I just plowed through it. I’ve noticed the ones I don’t enjoy drawing are usually sculptures. I’m not really sure why, but they don’t excite me. 1/5th of the way there!

iPad Unboxing!

Just a quick unboxing video of my new iPad. It’s a lot shorter than my last video, but unfortunately I still say ‘umm’ a lot. I know. I’m, umm, working on it.

1952 Simplicity Pattern #3858

I love drawing 50s fashion! I’ve been watching some fashion illustration videos on YouTube and I’ve picked up some great tips and tricks so far. They’ll probably be a lot more of these illustrations showing up here on my blog. I really liked how my initial sketch turned out so I included that too. Plus I’ve been wanting to use this fun image comparison widget.

100 Digital Heads Challenge, #18

I watched a really helpful video last night about drawing faces and I attempted to apply it to this drawing. I do like how it turned out even though the right eye is tilted too much. I need to remember to flip my canvas more often when I’m drawing so that I can catch those mistakes earlier.

Sketch Daily: Mice

I’ve decided to try to drawing mostly everything in Procreate so that I can improve my digital art skills. And as you can see, they need improvement. I just started learning how to edit brushes. I need to keep tweaking the inking brush I use – it’s still not quite right. And I haven’t figured out how to color things the way I’d like either. It’s going to be a bit of a learning curve but I think it will be worth it in the end.

100 Digital Heads Challenge, #17

Welp, I kinda fell off the train with this project. I was really trying to do 100 heads in 100 days, but it just didn’t work out that way. I am going to keep moving along though. I don’t know how long it will take me to complete, but I am dedicated to finishing all 100.

Return to Sketch Daily

I’ve recently been hanging around over at Sketch Daily’s reddit page and was reminded how much fun it is. Especially the camaraderie amongst the humans – everyone is very supportive. I’ve been thinking about starting an in-person drawing group, but with COVID still hanging around, that can’t happened just yet. So Sketch Daily is the next best thing for now. I plan on keeping my drawings very sketchy though, since I already have the 100 Digital Heads Challenge going on as well as a few other design projects and, well, Christmas.

So without further ado, here’s today’s drawing, prompt: Spaceballs.