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.

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.

bonus
bonus

A little spikiness in the world.

pattern
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
inktoberprompt.jpg
01 poisonous
01 poisonous

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

02 tranquil
02 tranquil

Nothing more tranquil than chilling by a waterfall.

03 roasted
03 roasted

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

04 spell
04 spell

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

05 chicken
05 chicken

Clever Mr Fox, you got your tea sorted.

06 drooling
06 drooling

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

07 exhausted
07 exhausted

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

08 star
08 star

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

09 precious
09 precious

Lost and forgotten treasure. Nonetheless precious.

10 flowing
10 flowing

Every fish knows that you go with the flow.

11 cruel
11 cruel

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

12 whale
12 whale

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

13 guarded
13 guarded

Nothing to see here, move along...

14 clock
14 clock

Time flies under the yellow and green.

15 weak
15 weak

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

16 angular
16 angular

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

17 swollen
17 swollen

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

18 bottle
18 bottle

They said travel was a lot safer these days.

19 scorched
19 scorched

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

20 breakable
20 breakable

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

21 drain
21 drain

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

22 expensive
22 expensive

That tasty treat could come at an expensive price.

23 muddy
23 muddy

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

24 chop
24 chop

They could chop down the largest trunk.

25 prickly
25 prickly

The rat was twice as prickly as the hedgehog.

26 stretch
26 stretch

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

27 thunder
27 thunder

The thundering hooves rattled across the clearing.

28 gift
28 gift

The forest glittered with its many gifts.

29 double
29 double

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

30 jolt
30 jolt

The lightning bug had nothing on this guy.

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!

1 Inch drawing Warm up
1 Inch drawing Warm up

Cramps can be awful things.

1 Inch drawing Day 1
1 Inch drawing Day 1

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

1 Inch drawing Day 2
1 Inch drawing Day 2

Such a good breakfast!

1 Inch drawing Day 3
1 Inch drawing Day 3

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

1 Inch drawing Day 4
1 Inch drawing Day 4

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

1 Inch drawing Day 5
1 Inch drawing Day 5

Plan for this morning. Tappity tap.

1 Inch drawing Day 6
1 Inch drawing Day 6

Quality dog-spotting country. A+

1 Inch drawing Day 7
1 Inch drawing Day 7

I made homemade quiche last night.

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.

1 Inch drawing Day 9
1 Inch drawing Day 9

Lazy Sundays are an epic treat. :)

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!

1 Inch drawing Day 11
1 Inch drawing Day 11

So many pretty books!

1 Inch drawing Day 12
1 Inch drawing Day 12

Celebrating 1 year of husband at Best Job.

1 Inch drawing Day 13
1 Inch drawing Day 13

Good thing about getting up early: sunrises!

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

Yesterday got damp.

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1 Inch drawing Day 16

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

1 Inch drawing Day 17
1 Inch drawing Day 17

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

1 Inch drawing Day 18
1 Inch drawing Day 18

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

1 Inch drawing Day 19
1 Inch drawing Day 19

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

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.

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

My yearly autumnal sneak-treat. Sh!

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

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

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1 Inch drawing Day 25

I love getting messy with paint. Sleeves up!

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1 Inch drawing Day 26

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

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

Some days are just quiet.

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1 Inch drawing Day 29

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

1 Inch drawing Day 30
1 Inch drawing Day 30

Yesterday the wind was unseasonably warm.

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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