Sketchbook Magic

Sketchbook Magic - student project

Hi there! I'm Bridgette. I'm a graphic designer/illustrator living in Asheville, NC. I love little stuff, puns, hands, pencils, kitties & making things. My goal with this class is to rekindle my wavering romance with making art. Day jobs & adult responsibilities have a way ruining good things. Here's to getting back to what I love doing.

Day 1

I used an ear plug as my found object tool. It was fun to just make marks!

Sketchbook Magic - image 1 - student project

Day 2

Loving how low-pressure & inspiring these exercises are! Definitely tips I will continue using. I also cannot wait to add more to my "Luck of the Draw" Jar! Today, I used this mini razor "pen" and Black Magic Ink to create a page based on "dreams". I thought of dreaming while sleeping, stars/moon, reaching for your dreams, & a couple reoccurring dreams I have about falling & teeth falling out.

Sketchbook Magic - image 2 - student project

Day 3

Today was the perfect day for this challenge. I nearly talked myself into skipping until I remembered it was about time...under 6 minutes. Perfect proof that I can find time to put pen/pencil/brush/paper to paper & it doesn't have to be completely ready for presenting. I rolled a virtual 4 & put on a 4 minute music video to time me. I drew "portraits" from the jar and decided to use my new Blackwing pencil. Some of these could be fun to do has a complete illustration later on.

Sketchbook Magic - image 3 - student project

Day 4

Snow bound and restricted to the few spaces in my house, I made a magical fortune teller that revealed for me to make art in bed! I decided to use watercolor along with pencil which is something I typically tell myself is "too involved" for off-the-cuff or in-bed-while-watching-tv work. Pish, posh! I used the magic jar to draw a slip that revealed I would draw what I recently ate and drank. It was fun to keep adding and experimenting with the watercolor. I don't love the final result, but I love that I created something!

Sketchbook Magic - image 4 - student project

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Day 5

I think the magic is telling me to keep at it! I drew 30 days for my continued project. Ria's words were particularly inspiring today. I want to feel authentic & proud when I tell people I'm an illustrator and making art is the only way! My goal with the next 30 days is quantity over quality. 30 days back to back; make something no matter what! I love all the handy devices I can now use to kick start my daily practice. I've even added a mediums fortune teller to help with the challenge I often have choosing between pencil, watercolor, digital, etc. Below is my final sketch (I drew "song lyrics" from the jar and chose a line from Harry Nilsson's "Coconut") and you can find Day 1 from this sketch and the next 29 days here on my blog. Thanks, Ria, for spreading the magic!

Sketchbook Magic - image 6 - student project

Sketchbook Magic - image 7 - student project

Bridgette Blanton
Illustrator/Graphic Designer