Tammie Painter, colored pencil. artist trading card,

Sketchbook Saturday Week #3 – Anomaly

Since I’ve tossed everyone a couple easy warm-up prompts during Weeks One & Two of Sketchbook Saturday, I thought I’d make this week a tad more challenging. Don’t worry, I know you can handle it. So get your sketching boots on and jump right in.

No wait, don’t jump just yet. While you’re lacing up your sketching boots, let me just give a huge thanks to everyone who has participated in Sketchbook Saturday so far. I love seeing all your work and am thrilled to be the catalyst for your artistic diversions!

WEEK #3 PROMPT: Anomaly

Okay, I can’t take credit for this challenge since I stole it (I’m a complete clepto these days, aren’t I?). “Anomaly” is actually the prompt for the artist trading card swap at the next Colored Pencil Society meeting I have to attend. Still, I thought it was a great challenge and can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.


If you’re sitting there scratching your head wondering what exactly “anomaly” means, let me save you the trouble of hauling out your dictionary. The bare bones definition of anomaly is “something that is unusual or unexpected; something anomalous.” Well that’s a bit vague, isn’t it?

This just may be an anomaly...

This may just be an anomaly…

Reading a bit further, old Webster adds that an anomaly is “something different, abnormal, peculiar, or not easily classified; a deviation from the common rule.” In essence, an anomaly is something unexpected, something a bit topsy turvy, something that makes scientists ponder their theories.

Basically, “anomaly” is prompt for something a bit out of the ordinary and I hope you have fun playing with it. Don’t over-think this. If you’re having trouble, think of an every day object and then put a bit of a twist on it.

MY WEEK #3 RESULT – Spring Has Sprung?

I’m not quite sure where this sprouted from, perhaps it’s because I’ve gotten so desperate for the flowers to start blooming in my garden that I’d settle for any type of spring blossoms…even if they’re a bit anomalous.

Tammie Painter, colored pencil. artist trading card,

Spring Has Sprung?

This was done primarily in colored pencil with some of the outlining done in ink. I’m not quite sure what I was thinking when I outlined the brown nest with red ink, but there it is. If you zoom in, you’ll be able to see a couple baby birds blossoms in the nest.



Time for you to get out your sketch books and come up with your own anomaly.  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 3, 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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11 thoughts on “Sketchbook Saturday Week #3 – Anomaly

  1. iamabloggertoo says:

    I think the anomaly prompt for week 3 is going to be great fun ! As you said, this sketching task definitely looks daunting and i will try my best to come up with something 🙂


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