April 2017: What To Draw Wednesday!

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I decided to opt for something that’s not daily for this month. Since I need more practice with drawing in general anyway, if I want to become a better artist/illustrator.

Although some of my friends told me that I already have a style of my own, I think I’m still in the process of really finding it.

Just last month, I think, I discovered this cool app called What To Draw. It’s basically an app that generates random phrases that can help you decide what to draw. It’s actually just what I need because it has always been my problem. It’s also cool ’cause it’s challenging!

a sample phrase. source: Google Play Store

 

So, what you do after installing the app is to pick a theme that you might wanna do. All in all, they have nine themes: Medieval Fantasy, Editorial and Cartoon, Cyberpunk and Space, Terror, Western, Noir, Greco-Roman Mythology, Super Heroes, and Fantasy (the last four are in-app purchases πŸ˜› bought them, though πŸ˜€ ). If you’re open for anything and everything, you can choose “All Themes“. When you choose all themes, it generates phrases from all the themes (not sure if it will include the last four themes if you haven’t bought those, though).

source: Google Play Store

source: Google Play Store

For this month’s challenge, I decided to use the app every wednesday. . .

Because “What to Draw” starts with a “W” – it’s more catchy that way. “What to Draw Wednesday” Haha!

At first I called it “Wednesday:What to Draw” but that sounds too boring, so I called it “What To Draw Wednesday“, like “Throwback Thursday“. It’s so un-unique I’m definitely not the only one who uses the hashtag #WhatToDrawWednesday. Surely.

By the way, I do not know if “What To Draw Wednesday” is already a thing. I need to dig for that. I’m not claiming anything. I just want to do this for myself as a challenge.

The problem is, if I’m gonna do this weekly, I can only produce four artworks. . . And I can’t promise making masterpieces. I usually run out of time for myself when I’m doing a lot of chores and sometimes work. (I’m on break, by the way. But I’ll also search for other projects to earn extra, if they’ll have me. haha) I really need to manage my time better.

I’m expecting my entries to be experimental. . . as usual. In pursuit of finding the style that fits me perfectly. I’m not pushing it, though, I’m just going with what feels most right. . . if you get what I mean.

I’m using the “All Themes” phrase generator for my first and second entries, for more challenge. But I’ve been getting “Noir” two times in a row (first generated phrase on a Wednesday). I might just use a different theme if next week, I get “Noir” again.

Here are my first two entries:

#1:

“A bodyguard, wearing ragged clothes”

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I have another challenge for myself this month and I wanna call it "Wednesday: What to Draw" or "What To Draw Wednesdays" —sounds better. For sure I'm not the first one to do this. Haha! There's this app I discovered called What To Draw and it generates random phrases that gives you an idea of what to draw. I can't do this every single day because the app might conjure up complicated stuff. Plus I need to practice more before getting to much more difficult stuff. This one, for example sucks. Not because it's rough… but because it looks too stiff and unnatural. There might be something wrong with the anatomy as well. . . But I just gotta finish and post this because it's already 3:48am and not a Wednesday anymore here. Uggh.. what a bad start. Actually, it's not even done. It's far from finished. I forgot to say, I got "A bodyguard, wearing ragged clothes" from the Noir Theme (but I pulled it out from the "All Themes" generator.) #WednesdayWhatToDraw #WhatToDrawWednesday #WhatToDrawApp #WhatToDraw #drawing #roughdrawing #illustration #sketch #tabletdrawing #tabletsketch #MedibangPaint

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I’m honestly, and obviously bad at the male anatomy. I wish I drew a FEMALE bodyguard instead. But it would have been less of a challenge. I drew that at the end of the day and it was supposed to be bedtime and I was really sleepy so that’s that. What a bad start. 😦

#2:

“An assassin, in a jazz club”

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What To Draw Wednesday! #2 "An assassin, in a jazz club", from the theme Noir (didn't know I'd get something from Noir again, I used the "All Themes" phrase generator. Haha) Honestly, I didn't like that I got something complicated this time. I didn't like having to draw backgrounds and extra people with instruments. Who's diligent in this exhausting summer heat? (Well, it's summer here in the Philippines) 😬 didn't look for much reference too. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜› Using #SamsungGalaxyNote8tablet #MedibangPaint #WhatToDraw #WhatToDrawWednesday #WhatToDrawApp #noir #assassin #sketch #art #roughsketch #roughdrawing #drawing #tabletart #tabletdrawing #tabletsketch #jazzmusicians #musicians #jazzclub

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I hated the “in a jazz club” part. . . Β just the fact that I had to draw a lot of other people and instruments. I felt so unready. I had to check some quick references.

-but I do love jazz music, and wish I can go to a real jazz club/barΒ 

I enjoyed doing the second one. I felt a spark in me when I was making the drawing loose and rough. It just felt so natural to me, instead of super clean lines. It felt so me.

I just hope the next two won’t turn out to be total crap. I can’t promise anything. πŸ˜€

I might continue this activity even after this month ends. . . Let’s see.

Stay tuned. πŸ˜€ ❀

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March 2017: Doodling Females (recap)

Doodles, Drawings, Instagram Updates, Uncategorized, Updates

I was supposed to talk about this in the first and last day of March, but I didn’t get to do that because I was too busy with Saturday AM Β (Saturday AM issue 65 is out NOW, by the way! Click here to buy individual issues including the latest one! Better yet, click here to SUBSCRIBE. Click here for more information about Saturday AM —because I intended this blog post for a different subject, and it’ll be less organized if I deviate from what I’ve been planning to say. πŸ˜› ) and a personal project that I needed to finish at a certain date. . . Which I shall mention later this month.

I was thinking of another doodle/drawing challenge after I finished my January Cat doodles. Then I remember how often I draw female subjects. . . So, after taking a break (from drawing challenges I set for myself) the whole February, I decided to draw female subjects the whole month of March. . . and it turns out that March is also National Women’s Month.

–I found that out after some googling then. But it’s funny, I never mentioned it whenever I post the daily drawings/doodles* on Instagram.

And so, these are the drawings I made.

Day 1

 

Day 2

 

Day 3

 

Day 4

 

Day 5

Work-in-progress

 

Day 6

 

Day 7

Work-in-progress

 

 

Day 8

 

Day 9

 

Day 10

 

Day 11

 

Day 12

 

Day 13

 

Day 14

 

Day 15

 

Day 16

 

Day 17

 

Day 18

 

Day 19

 

Day 20

 

Day 21

 

Day 22

 

Day 23

 

Day 24

 

Day 25

 

Day 26

 

Day 27

 

Day 28

 

Day 29

 

Day 30

 

Day 31

 

 

*I like the sound of the word “doodle” as opposed to “drawing”, so I used “doodle” more often. But really some of these are given some thought before creation so sometimes, “drawing” is a much better word to use.

 

January 2017 Cat Doodles

Doodles, Drawings, Instagram Updates, Updates

I have challenged myself to draw/doodle just cats on this month.

Why cats?

Because I love cats. And I really want to see how much people like cats as well. . . since my best-selling design has a catty theme.

I usually can’t finish anything I do for myself, that’s why I tried challenging myself.

Today is my last day and I’m happy to say that I did not skip a day!

Here’s my daily cat doodles from Day 1 to Day 31!

 

Day 1

 

Day 2

 

Day 3

 

Day 4

 

Day 5

 

Day 6

 

Day 7

 

Day 8

 

Day 9

 

Day 10

 

Day 11

 

Day 12

 

Day 13

 

Day 14

 

Day 15

 

Day 16

 

Day 17

 

Day 18

 

Day 19

 

Day 20

 

Day 21

 

Day 22

 

Day 23

 

Day 24

 

Day 25

 

Day 26

 

Day 27

 

Day 28

 

Day 29

 

Day 30

 

Day 31

 

Can’t believe I finished a personal challenge! This is a progress for me. haha.

I also found that the best time for doodling is during the day. The doodles I did during the day that I included here looked a bit better than the others.

I don’t have any doodle challenge planned for February, I’m taking a break from that.

I have a lot of personal tasks I plan to do next month. So far, my Hobonichi Planner is working perfectly in making me more productive! Next month, I might use some of these cats and incorporate them to designs that I’ll make available on my print on demand shops. I think I have a drawing challenge for March. πŸ™‚