So many yummy drawings!
Today is day 101 of the 100 Day Project, which means yes, it is over. The picture above is just a fraction of all the patterned drawings I completed within the 100 days of patterns. Others are still in sketchbooks or under a stacks of papers.
It's been such a fun journey, and one of the most fun parts has been how excited other people have been to see it unfold. I thought of this challenge as just a personal artistic endeavor, and posting about it on social media would keep me accountable. Other people got excited about it too, though, which was surprising and encouraging. So thanks for all the support!
Obviously I'm not going stop drawing or posting about my drawings, but now I can slow down and maybe take some of these ideas into something bigger.
And some I'll probably keep tucked in sketchbooks and never look at again, because obviously I'm not in love with all 100 of the designs.
It's just good to keep moving.
Since I have so many little artworks as a result of the 100 Day Project (13 days left!), it's been fun to slowly go back and add color and such to them. For instance, one of my favorites so far is this little lighthouse.
The drawing was loosely based off my favorite lighthouse that I've visited. It's on the Oregon Coast, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. We visited it last Fall with Ryan's family.
I then scanned the drawing, and added color on the computer.
I think it's fun, and then it makes the original even more special, since it's the only black and white version.
And I JUST put some signed prints of this design in my Etsy shop.
That's probably enough images of lighthouses for one blog post...
Here are two more I've added life to with color after scanning.
What do you think -- do you like the black and white or color versions better?
I'm 73 days into my 100 days of patterns challenge, and I'm still having tons of fun with it. I feel like it has been really transformative for my artistic style and creative practice (apparently transformative is not a word because it keeps underlining it red, but you get what I mean). Mainly it has helped me to loosen up and be more playful. I used to take FOR-EV-ER to finish a piece, making sure it was perfect and precise...
... But to finish a drawing in a day, I've had to loosen up ...
It will be nice to work on some bigger pieces once this challenge is done, but for now I'm enjoying the little guys still.
They make my heart happy.
I'm also working on revamping my Etsy shop. Since I'm going to be a stay at home Momma-Artist (which also isn't a word) in a few short months, I would like to amp things up for my online presence. So I'm learning some tips through classes on Skill Share, and this week I'm rephotographing some products.
My goal this summer is to also learn more about Adobe Illustrator -- particularly how to design repeating patterns -- so I can get more into Surface Pattern Design (i.e. creating designs that seamlessly repeat for things like fabric, wrapping paper, wall paper -- pretty much anything that can potentially have patterns on it). Hopefully I can share about that journey on here soon!
And at some point I need to get our nursery ready for baby boy coming in October. So far I've painted the room sage green ... He's going to need more than green walls though ...
Here's Olive, Baby, and me on the coast this past Monday (it's getting harder to get in and out of those short camping chairs).
We camped, it was nice.
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