Apologies for the absence of a Sketchbook Saturday prompt last week. Although the cold virus ickies had pretty much left my body, I was feeling a bit unmotivated. This week, I’m back in the sketchbook saddle and hope you are too.
WEEK #8 PROMPT: Give Peace a Chance
With all the pointless violence going on in the world today, I thought this week we should use our pencils, watercolors, pastels, or whatever you prefer to tap into your inner 1960s hippie and spread a message of peace.
Although “peace” does seem like a rather simple prompt it does offer a fair range of styles and images and you can have tons of fun with it. You can do something as basic as a peace symbol or dove, go psychedelic with your colors, sketch out a monument to peace that you know of (the Hands Across the Divide statue in Derry, Northern Ireland, comes to mind), or even draw someone who is a force for peace.
Whatever you choose to do, enjoy the peaceful process of sketching and be sure to show off your work (see how below).
MY WEEK #8 RESULT: Peachy Dove(?) of Peace
I’m not very good at drawing birds, unless they are in cartoon form. This sketch started out as a stylized sort of bird (I’m thinking it might be related to a dove). You’ll notice some messy erasure marks at the bottom of the page from all the times it took me to get the silly creature right.
Once I had something that didn’t look like road kill I started playing around with some vines and a banner and a little message for the world.
After laying down the basic outline in graphite, this week’s sketch was colored in with my 12-pack of Derwent Coloursoft pencils and outlined with my very tiny collection of Le Pen markers (LOVE these things).
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!
Once you’ve sketched this week, you’ll want to share your message with the world. The best way to do so is to join in on the Sketchbook Saturday blogging event. Here’s how…
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 8, 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.