Here it is, your first true challenge prompt for Sketchbook Saturday. Hopefully, you accepted last week’s pre-challenge task of locating a sketchbook and making it your own. Now it’s time to fill up a page or two, or ten if the prompt really gets your creative juices flowing.
Week #1 Prompt: Circles
Circles are probably the first thing we learned to draw as kids. Scientists who have the daunting task of studying toddlers notice that most first drawings are either stick people with big circles for heads, or happy suns made up of a circle with a few lines coming out for rays.
I figured since it must be instinctual for us to compose our first bits of art with circles, that circles would be the perfect Week 1 Challenge.
Circles can be just that: a bunch of circles. A template or compass will really help if you go this route.
But circles make up so many of our everyday objects that you could sketch any number of things – a globe, an album, a hula hoop, a bicycle tire, a pizza, a cookie, a cake (oh, sorry, I’m a bit hungry right now).
You don’t have to limit yourself to objects. If you’re really up for a challenge, think of a concept that involves circles: for example, the circle of life, circular reasoning, vicious circle, etc.
My Week #1 Result – Going ‘Round and Around
I went the easy route and used a template to create a series of circles. As part of last week’s pre-challenge, the page already had the yellow stripe at the bottom and a few brush strokes of yellow, red, and orange of Derwent Inktense.
I’ve done a few of these abstract circle designs and find them great fun. Since there’s no real right or wrong, it’s a bit of a Zen-Doodly way to zone out for a while.
Once I got the circles in place, I filled in a few of them with red, yellow, and orange using Derwent Inktense blocks (these are sort of like watercolor paints that result in brilliant, permanent colors). As you can see, despite my paper claiming it is for mixed media and is supposed to be able to handle light applications of wet media, the page still got a bit wrinkly from the Inktense.
Now It’s Your Turn!
The ball (another circle!) is now in your court. Decide which route you want to go with this circular challenge and get sketching. And remember, I’d love to see what you come up with so be sure to share (see how in the details below).
How Do I Participate?
The easiest way is to follow this blog so you get each week’s prompt right in your email Inbox (see sign-up thingie at the right side of this page). After each week’s prompt, have fun with it. These are sketches and are meant to be enjoyable, not something you try to make perfect. Then, please share what you came up with (go on, be brave, if I can do it, so can you!).
You can share your creation by blog or by Facebook (for those of you who don’t want to clutter up your blog with sketches).
Participating By Blog
- Post your sketch on your own blog (even better…write a post to go along with it to describe how you came up with your sketch).
- Include a link somewhere within your post to the week’s prompt on my blog that inspired you.
- Leave a comment on the Sketchbook Saturday post with the prompt you used. In the comment, add a link to your blog post.
Participating By Facebook
- Go to my Facebook page once you’ve completed your sketch.
- Scroll a bit to find the post for the prompt you used (Week 1, in this case).
- Leave a comment with a snapshot of your sketch.
- Share the Sketchbook Saturday post with your friends and followers (this is optional, but it’s a great way to get others to play along).
What If I Don’t Draw?
Don’t judge yourself too harshly. You can’t get better at drawing if you don’t do it. Plus, this is meant to be fun and simply to get your creative juices flowing, so give sketching a shot.
If you find your creative juices flow in other ways, such as writing or crafts or collage, I’d love to see those works as well. Simply create something based on the prompt and share following the guide above.
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TAMMIE PAINTER IS THE AUTHOR OF THE TRIALS OF HERCULES: BOOK ONE OF THE OSTERIA CHRONICLES AND AN ARTIST WHO DEDICATES HERSELF TO THE TEDIUM OF CREATING IMAGES WITH COLORED PENCIL. YOU CAN FIND HER WORK AT TAMMIE PAINTER’S BOOKSTORE & GALLERY.