Sketchbook Magic

Sketchbook Magic - student project


My name's Sofie, I am currently months into a real deep art funk and am hoping to get out of it with the help of some sketchbook magic! 
My creative outlets range from fiber arts to painting to cooking, but my first love has always been drawing. 

Day 1.

I ended up with a really dirty smudging tool. Tried to let go of overthinking it, so I focused on making flowing shapes with the smudge tool, filling in every now and then with lines and circles using a 5b pencil then smudging some more. 

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Day 2

Got the prompt patterns and got a purple fineliner pen, started out making random markings then connecting them making the pattern more and more complex. Wanted to try keep it loose, staying away from trying to make it a perfect and symmetrical pattern.
This lesson feels very relevant, I always struggle with what to draw and often put away my pen and paper having stared at the blank paper for ages. 

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Day 3

I got 5 minutes, character and a brush. So decided on watercolors, it's amazing how quick 5 minutes go by and how one does like 95% of the painting in the last minute. Bought a bunch of succulents yesterday so took my main inspiration from that, made a little succulent man, when he is dry I'm filling him in.
It felt quite liberating to have an allotted time like that, like you can't overwork something in 5 minutes, it also stopped me from being hypercritical of the result. I'm actually satisfied!

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Turned out pretty adorable if you ask me :3

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Day 4

Got  a medium sized brush pen that is on it's last leg, trees, 4 minutes and the couch. Of course there weren't really any other alternatives seeing as I'm doing this in the middle of the night, couch or the living room floor. As for the lesson, sometimes the thought of having to set up shop can drain away all my desire to create. Need to practice spontaneity. 

A thought that hit me during this exercise. I used to bring my pens and a pad with me everywhere when I was younger, I don't remember why I stopped. Time to start doing that again.

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Day 5

Found a set of Faber-Castell PITT artist pens in dark sepia while cleaning up so decided to use those, got 3 minutes on the timer and geometric shapes as a prompt. As for location this class has inspired me to finally clear out my desk space and set up a more permanent art space for myself.

Also got 10 day for the continued art assignment, so looking forward to 9 more productive days.

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2/10 - 2 minutes - what's in front of me

Think I'm going to use these sketches as warm ups for doing more classes on here.

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3/10 4 minutes - Imaginary creatures

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It's been a rough couple of weeks so I haven't quite been able to keep up the daily routine. But when there was time and energy I did take it! and I don't think I would've if not for this class!
So here's what I've done these last 2 weeks.

4/10 & 5/10

Wanted to do some figure drawing and I found this amazing video series on youtube called Croquis Cafe. Terrible photo quality ahead and in no particular order.

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Keep seeing green leaf prints in all the store so I doodled some.

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Self portrait, me as a salami since I got a postcard from someone with the last name Salami, I had to.

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Got some new liquid water colors and since I've been taking the moder water color florals 3 ways I thought I'd do some sketchy type paintings for that and this class.

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9/10 & 10/10

Worked on this sketch for 2 days, trying to tie together my painting and drawing styles a bit more, it's a lot of fun. 
This marks the last day of the assignment but I think I will continue upload sketches here every now and then for a while just to keep myself going! 

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