Instagram Sketch-a-day challenges
Instagram challenges have become increasingly popular. Sketch-a-day was organised by Lesley Zellers and she nominated a different creative friend of hers to take over the challenge each month. Prompts were given for each day (as with the photo challenges). October was Lesley Zellers, November was by Home Again Creative, December was by Pen & Paint, January was by Kimber Campbell and February was by One Lane Road. They started in October and I thought it would a good thing to do to get me through the winter months.
Starting by doing mainly typographic solutions, I became really impressed by the watercolour that the other participants were using. I don’t actually own a set of watercolours, so I borrowed a set my son got free with a craft kit. My solutions became mainly illustrative – sometimes a straight representation of the prompt (such as a cup of coffee for “coffee”) and sometimes more of a concept (a parachuting radish for “radish”).
A huge breakthrough in my watercolour – I found out that if you layer the same colour you get a darker colour! This is probably day one of watercolour lessons but it made all the difference to giving life to my sketches. I also bought a better set of paints and a couple of brushes.
Christmas brought another breakthrough – I was given some posh Windsor and Newton watercolours, which had an amazing richness of colour. I was also given some watercolour paper, flat brushes and a really inspiring book. All these led me to a lot more experimenting with different techniques and materials.
My sketches from the four months are below (top posts at the top and then most recent at the top and oldest at the bottom). They are all grouped together with the tag #sketchaday_mytealgiraffe.
I should finish this post by mentioning some of the really creative and supportive people that I have “met” through the challenges. They have inspired and encouraged me – j.a_s.c, Trisha Thompson, Lindsay Miranda, soocoates, Katrina Henry, Jack Armley, Creativity_between_the_lines and Carol Jurczac.