80 in 80: Week Three Drawings

As promised, here’s the results of the third week of my 80 Drawings in 80 Days challenge. This covers pages 15-21, drawn Aug 24-30.

Monday:

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80 in 80: Week Two Drawings

As promised, here’s the results of the second week of my 80 Drawings in 80 Days challenge. This covers pages 8-14, drawn Aug 17-23.

Monday:

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80 in 80: Week One Drawings

As promised, here’s the results of the first week of my 80 Drawings in 80 Days challenge. This covers pages 1-7, drawn Aug 10-16.

Monday:

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Drawing Challenge: 80 in 80!

A new sketchbook is a wondrous thing to behold. And slightly intimidating.

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Yesterday I picked up a new sketchbook, and decided to do a couple of things with it.

My Rapidographs, let me show you them.
My Rapidographs, let me show you them.
  • First, I wanted to make it into a personal challenge sketchbook. So when its pages are filled, it will be a specific record of a time in my life.
  • Second, it needed to be self-contained so that I could pick it up and go without having to look for my pens and pencils.

The first one was easy. I just had to set a few rules for myself. The second involved a bit of sewing to make a pen holster for the sketchbook cover.

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Discovering Portable Watercolors

One thing that’s oddly caught my attention is watercolor painting. In the past I’ve dismissed it as childish.1 But as I’ve been rediscovering my artistic side, I’ve been captivated by the simplicity and beauty2 of watercolors.

The thing that really sold me on the idea of picking up a brush was the existence of small, portable watercolor kits. With just two items, the watercolors and a sketchbook, I can paint most anywhere. There’s no need for a large desk or studio space. They pack small enough for a large pocket.

I don’t think I would be as interested if I needed a large kit. En plein air (outdoor) painting is one of those things that I’ve missed out on in the past. It’s time to catch up.

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