Weekly Journal Prompt, Week Eight

02 23 2015 journal prompt week 8


It’s a throwback this week! The theme I picked was

life drawing

and I knew just what I wanted to share. When my daughter was about two and a half, I took her to the park near our house and did some sketching while she was playing. Drawing a kid at that age from real life is like herding cats. For that reason, I stuck with no detail, just quick outlines. I also drew in the leaves she brought me and part of her favorite sandals. All the color was added later at home with watercolor.

That is one important thing to remember when you are doing any sketching, especially journal pages. Don’t get too married to the idea that you have to complete everything in one shot. Just get rough ideas out on paper. There are plenty of people who would’ve been able to draw my daughter much better in the same situation. I could have stressed about getting things perfect. But I didn’t. I had fun, got a few simple things out on paper and to this day, this is one of my favorite journal pages. It has perfectly preserved one afternoon I had alone with my oldest kid.

On a sidenote, I have been a bit absent here lately. There are two local art shows I am trying to get into and have been having some issues with artists block and total paralyzing fear. Luckily, all my art is due this week and my husband and I have a short break planned. I think that little bit of unwinding is really going to help out. Then when I come back, I will have a bit more to share.

Have a great week everyone!

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