All 31 drawings together in one place! I had such a great time doing this challenge. I definitely lost some steam towards the end, but after seeing everything again, I can see why I did. Not every piece was mind-blowing, but there are a few here that I am really proud of.
What this challenge taught me:
- Organization is important – I would have been lost had I not chosen a theme and planned out the prompts/birds ahead of time. There were a couple days I ended up not liking what I had originally planned and had to come up with something else on the fly and it was not easy. The bird theme really helped keep things cohesive too.
- Dip pens are a power tool for me – I really found my groove with my dip pen. I did do a few of these prompts with microns, but I wasn’t as happy with how they turned out. It’s silly, but I feel like my dip pen makes me a better artist. Hahaha!
- Off days are OK – Days 6 & 7 were two big bumps in the road for me. I was not happy with how they turned out. As a matter of fact Day 7 is a 20 minute drawing that I did after I threw out a piece I had worked over an hour on. I was really losing my confidence, but kept at it anyway because I promised myself I would finish this challenge. Day 8 was really fun and Day 9 ended up being one of my favorites of the series and everything turned around. It was a very clear example of how life ebbs & flows. Sometimes we’re just off and missing the mark. But it doesn’t mean we’re stuck there. Things change. We grow. Life goes on. This was the most meaningful lesson I learned.
I loved this challenge and look forward to doing it again next year.