Sketchbook Saturday Week #2 – Homeward Bound

I hope everyone had some loop-de-loop fun with last week’s premier Sketchbook Saturday. If you haven’t got around to it yet, no worries. After all, it’s not like I’m checking your homework. Play catch up if you like, or just plunge onward and upward with this week’s sketching task. Wait, can you plunge upward? Never mind, on to the sketching


After circles and stick figures, our toddler art career typically moved on to explore the fine points of architectural elements. Okay, maybe not fine points, but our boxes with a triangle on top were clearly identifiable as houses. If we were really clever, we added in another rectangle for a door and a square or two for windows. Toss in a rectangle on top of the triangle for a chimney and we were giving Frank Lloyd Wright a run for his money.

This week, if you want to draw a house you’ll be spoiled for choices: from cardboard castles in the suburbs to a New York brownstone, a Mongolian yurt to a kid’s tree house.

But don’t limit your homes to people places. Bird’s have nests, wolves have dens, and dragons have, well, dragons can make their home wherever they like.

dragon, cute dragon

If you want to get a little more abstract, consider sketching something with a home theme. A homebody, homesick, home is where the heart is (this could get gory if you have a deranged mind like me), home home on the range where the deer and the antelope play (okay, this might be rather complicated for a sketch), a man’s home is his castle, home run, the lights are on but no one’s home, etc.

MY WEEK #2 RESULT – Homeward Bound

With my efforts at realism, I don’t usually get to play around with my artwork so I really wanted to have fun with this one. My house may not be architecturally sound, but it’s certainly got character.

drawing, sketch, tammie painter

I also really have a thing for drawing curly-q branching spirals. You’ll notice them showing up in a lot of my sketches, including this one when I wanted to keep the sky from looking too boring. And what home would be complete without a garden, some critters, and a welcome mat.



Time for you to get out your sketch books and come up with your dream home, a monster’s lair, or a home-related drawing. As always, 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

  1. 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).
  2. Include a link somewhere within your post to the week’s prompt on my blog that inspired you.
  3. 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

  1. Go to my Facebook page once you’ve completed your sketch.
  2. Scroll a bit to find the post for the prompt you used (Week 1, in this case).
  3. Leave a comment with a snapshot of your sketch.
  4. 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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20 thoughts on “Sketchbook Saturday Week #2 – Homeward Bound

  1. crawcraftsbeasties says:

    The Beasties love your house design, and have requested that construction start immediately on what they’re already calling Beastie Towers 2! Meanwhile, I’m off to sharpen my pencils so I can take on your prompt 😀

    • painterwrite says:

      Practice practice practice! I love what you did with the prompt…I’ve been hoping someone would get inspired to write something based on one of the weekly challenges.

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