Daily Drawings 2018

I'm getting in the habit of doing a monthly daily-drawing challenge in one form or another. Most of them are recorded on my Instagram page, where you can see the latest challenge. I like to mix things up from one month to the next.

December 2018

November was very much in my comfort zone with watercolours and reference heavy. For December I decided to push my linocut skills and explore something I kept meaning to practice more: Patterns and Knotwork.

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Linocut Pattern Stamps

November 2018

After the pleasure of Inktober and the DrawingADay challenge, I needed some colour.
A pleasure to return to watercolours, painting Moustaches for the month known for Movember: the facial hair movement raising money for mens health worldwide! 

Handmade Book Cover
Handmade Book Cover

I like making a little book for these daily challenges if I can. Nice to decorate the front as well.

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001

Day 1 of the Movember challenge. Enjoying getting back into colour!

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002

Some moustaches and beards have amazing textures.

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003

Watercolours are amazing for showing shape with light.

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004

Fancied doing some fantasy colouring. This one looks a bit like blond hulk with a pretty moustache. That's not a problem.

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005

One of the type of moustaches I was quite excited to paint: mutton chops!

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006

Of course you've got to have your twirly moustache.

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007

Moustaches can add a lot of personality to a simple gesture.

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008

A lot of people saw this one and thought Freddie Mercury. Feel the song.

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009

Blond moustaches have an ethereal quality to them.

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010

This is a serious business moustache. No kidding around here.

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011

Was fascinated by the idea of how a moustache would visually interact with facial tattoos for this one.

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012

All the best moustaches start small, don't they.

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013

A confident thin moustache. Lovely!

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014

These are the best whiskers around.

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015

Proper grandpa moustache!

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016

There's a richness to a ginger moustache.

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017

Go big with your twirls. Rejoice!

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018

The good old detective moustache.

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019

Do you comb your moustache? Must feel nice.

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020

Bold new world.

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021

Oldies goldies.

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022

Proper Viking moustache. Love this one.

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023

Bold white moustaches have impact too.

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024

You're allowed to have a confused moustache.

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025

Let it frame your confidence!

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026

Full on textured marks for this one.

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027

Some old school cowboy moustache.

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028

Not just blond moustaches that can be blink and you miss it.

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029

Volume is interesting with your more mature moustache.

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030

Just let it hang.

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bonus

A little spikiness in the world.

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pattern

I like the combined visual of all these moustaches as a pattern.

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October 2018

The infamous Inktober challenge, started by Jake Porter on Twitter, has given creative souls around the world opportunity to practice their ink skills. Having recently found a large feather, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to try out working with a feather quill following the official Inktober Prompts for the year.

Feather Quill and ink in action
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01 poisonous
01 poisonous

Fancied a trip into fairytale land. Usually the mushrooms there are houses, not bullies.

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02 tranquil
02 tranquil

Nothing more tranquil than chilling by a waterfall.

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03 roasted
03 roasted

Hot coals by the fire! Hard at work, they are!

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04 spell
04 spell

I won't lie, I loved that bit in Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

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05 chicken
05 chicken

Clever Mr Fox, you got your tea sorted.

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06 drooling
06 drooling

This tasty mushroom is mine! You shan't have it!

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07 exhausted
07 exhausted

Don't worry Mister Squirrel. You're due your hibernation nap soon.

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08 star
08 star

Don't be blinded by the brightest stars out there.

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09 precious
09 precious

Lost and forgotten treasure. Nonetheless precious.

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10 flowing
10 flowing

Every fish knows that you go with the flow.

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11 cruel
11 cruel

Mrs Skunk you know full well how sensitive that dog's nose is.

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12 whale
12 whale

Nah Seagull, I still can't picture this whale of which you speak.

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13 guarded
13 guarded

Nothing to see here, move along...

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14 clock
14 clock

Time flies under the yellow and green.

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15 weak
15 weak

Being weak doesn't mean you can't achieve impressive feats.

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16 angular
16 angular

The wild cat prowls, all angles and scowls. The trees know to bend for it.

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17 swollen
17 swollen

Not every wise owl will have a solution to offer, sorry Tree.

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18 bottle
18 bottle

They said travel was a lot safer these days.

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19 scorched
19 scorched

It was a first, seeing Firgus without his coat of evergreen, for sure.

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20 breakable
20 breakable

I want to break free... You and Me.

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21 drain
21 drain

The fairy people were quite clever when it came to harvesting the tree sap.

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22 expensive
22 expensive

That tasty treat could come at an expensive price.

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23 muddy
23 muddy

Happy as Larry playing in the mud, the dog was.

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24 chop
24 chop

They could chop down the largest trunk.

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25 prickly
25 prickly

The rat was twice as prickly as the hedgehog.

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26 stretch
26 stretch

It was a long stretch to cover. The cat would need to warm up first.

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27 thunder
27 thunder

The thundering hooves rattled across the clearing.

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28 gift
28 gift

The forest glittered with its many gifts.

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29 double
29 double

Like two peas in a pod, double trouble they spelled.

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30 jolt
30 jolt

The lightning bug had nothing on this guy.

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31 slice
31 slice

The harvest was so generous, they couldn't not share.

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September 2018

DrawingaDay challenge, organised by the House of Illustration for the John Vernon Lord exhibition.
Decided to go for a daily dairy approach. Click on the images for little comments.

This is available as a design on various items in my Red Bubble store! Check it out.

1 inch Drawing Sketchbook
1 inch Drawing Sketchbook

Perfect excuse to make a tiny sketchbook. Heart!

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1 Inch drawing Warm up
1 Inch drawing Warm up

Cramps can be awful things.

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1 Inch drawing Day 1
1 Inch drawing Day 1

Anyone see the moon last night? It looked like a huge yellow flare!

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1 Inch drawing Day 2
1 Inch drawing Day 2

Such a good breakfast!

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1 Inch drawing Day 3
1 Inch drawing Day 3

Took a different route to visit our friend yesterday. Nicely scenic!

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1 Inch drawing Day 4
1 Inch drawing Day 4

Some days it's easier to head to the gym than others.

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1 Inch drawing Day 5
1 Inch drawing Day 5

Plan for this morning. Tappity tap.

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1 Inch drawing Day 6
1 Inch drawing Day 6

Quality dog-spotting country. A+

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1 Inch drawing Day 7
1 Inch drawing Day 7

I made homemade quiche last night.

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1 Inch drawing Day 8
1 Inch drawing Day 8

Bus commute to work won't stop me when I've got the study bug.

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1 Inch drawing Day 9
1 Inch drawing Day 9

Lazy Sundays are an epic treat. :)

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1 Inch drawing Day 10
1 Inch drawing Day 10

I'm told these guys are called Turnstone birds. Nice to see on our Sunday walk!

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1 Inch drawing Day 11
1 Inch drawing Day 11

So many pretty books!

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1 Inch drawing Day 12
1 Inch drawing Day 12

Celebrating 1 year of husband at Best Job.

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1 Inch drawing Day 13
1 Inch drawing Day 13

Good thing about getting up early: sunrises!

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1 Inch drawing Day 14
1 Inch drawing Day 14

Been watching Luke Cage. Love the Netflix Marvel series. So intense,

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1 Inch drawing Day 15
1 Inch drawing Day 15

Yesterday got damp.

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1 Inch drawing Day 16
1 Inch drawing Day 16

The pub we go to on my Saturday work break has nice flower shaped lamp shades.

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1 Inch drawing Day 17
1 Inch drawing Day 17

Properly saw the penguin parade at Edinburgh Zoo for the first time.

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1 Inch drawing Day 18
1 Inch drawing Day 18

Spotted this blackbird slipping on the top of a street lamp.

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1 Inch drawing Day 19
1 Inch drawing Day 19

Imagine being so nosy this is how your child chooses to immortalise you. XD

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1 Inch drawing Day 20
1 Inch drawing Day 20

Yesterday it sounded like there were sails flapping above the building, it was so windy.

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1 Inch drawing Day 21
1 Inch drawing Day 21

Good to catch up with our mate at the pizza bar!

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1 Inch drawing Day 22
1 Inch drawing Day 22

My yearly autumnal sneak-treat. Sh!

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1 Inch drawing Day 23
1 Inch drawing Day 23

There's something surprisingly predictable about workplace assessments in a corporate retail services environment.

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1 Inch drawing Day 24
1 Inch drawing Day 24

At friend's house helping her with her giant patchwork yesterday. It's looking great!

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1 Inch drawing Day 25
1 Inch drawing Day 25

I love getting messy with paint. Sleeves up!

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1 Inch drawing Day 26
1 Inch drawing Day 26

Did projections in class yesterday. Reminded me of the old school slide shows my dad used to do.

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1 Inch drawing Day 27
1 Inch drawing Day 27

Yesterday the wind was unseasonably warm.

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1 Inch drawing Day 28
1 Inch drawing Day 28

Some days are just quiet.

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1 Inch drawing Day 29
1 Inch drawing Day 29

Been playing words with friends with my sister. My french is rusty. ;-;

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1 Inch drawing Day 30
1 Inch drawing Day 30

Yesterday the wind was unseasonably warm.

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1 Inch drawing Bonus day
1 Inch drawing Bonus day

Walked(climbed) up Arthur's seat for the first time and saw a rainbow. Yay!

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