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Marge Cameron
01-02-2014, 10:08 AM
Happy New Year, WC!

One of my goals for 2014 is to keep a daily sketchbook. Last year, I tried this but like many resolutions, it sputtered a few times before finally petering out. I hope this year will be different!

I've made up a schedule to keep myself on track. These are just suggestions that I might totally ditch any given day for something else, but it gives me a starting point for times I might not be at my creative best. Every 5 days I will explore a different subject. I invite and encourage anyone who wishes to follow along with me and post their own sketches here with mine.

For those who may be interested, here are the themes I'll be exploring.

January 1 - 5: Studio Items
January 6 - 10: Nudes
January 11 - 15: Same Object/Different Techniques
January 16 - 20: Dreams
January 21 - 25: Heirlooms
January 26 - 30: Texture & Patterns
January 31 - February 4: Animals
February 5 - 9: Fruit
February 10 - 14: Love
February 15 - 19: Board Games
February 20 - 24: Pets
February 25 - March 1: Shoes
March 2 - 6: Bone Daddy (Skeletal)
March 7 - 11: Same Object/Different Lighting
March 12 - 16: Facial Expressions
March 17 - 21: Gaelic
March 22 - 26: Furniture
March 27 - 31: Birds
April 1 - 5: Not What It Seems
April 6 - 10: Instruments
April 11 - 15: Contained
April 16 - 20: Spring
April 21 - 25: Trees
April 26 - 30: Eyes
May 1 - 5: Colors
May 6 - 10: Still Lifes & Geometrics
May 11 - 15: Motherhood
May 16 - 20: Layers
May 21 - 25: Fantasy
May 26 - 30: Graveyards
May 31 - June 4: Self Portraits
June 5 - 9: Kids' Choice
June 10 - 14: Picture in Picture
June 15 - 19: Sports
June 20 - 24: Summer
June 25 - 29: If I were a mouse...
June 30 - July 4: Patriotic
July 5 - 9: Landscapes
July 10 - 14: Transportation
July 15 - 19: Childhood Memories
July 20 - 24: Metro
July 25 - 29: Flowers
July 30 - August 3: Blind Contour
August 4 - 8: Fabrics
August 9 - 13: Garden/Orchard
August 14 - 18: Insects
August 19 - 23: Landmarks
August 24 - 28: Rural
August 29 - September 2: Tools
September 3 - 7: Antiques
September 8 - 12: Opposites
September 13 - 17: Architecture
September 18 - 22: Forgotten
September 23 - 27: Autumn
September 28 - October 2: Human Body
October 3 - 7: Fonts
October 7 - 12: Gestalt
October 13 - 17: Native American
October 18 - 22: Children
October 23 - 27: The Masters
October 28 - November 1: All Hallows' Eve
November 2 - 6: Feathers
November 7 - 11: Military
November 12 - 16: Zoomed In
November 17 - 21: Video Games
November 22 - 26: Hunting & Gathering
November 27 - December 1: Thankfulness
December 2 - 6: Kids' Toys
December 7 - 11: Book or Movie Characters
December 12 - 16: Winter
December 17 - 21: Shadows
December 22 - 26: Holiday Traditions
December 27 - 31: Reflections

Thanks for looking! May the New Year bring you health, happiness and limitless creative inspiration!

Marge Cameron
01-02-2014, 10:15 AM
DAY 1: Studio Items #1
Bumblebee Clip

I started yesterday with just a quick sketch of one of my favorite magnetic clips I use to hold reference material while I'm drawing or painting. I haven't drawn anything since September, so I needed to start with a simple warmup. Unlike last year, I'm not putting myself under the pressure of needing every sketch to be some epic masterpiece. (No wonder I couldn't keep it going!) As long as I draw SOMETHING every day, I will be happy.

I will also include a link to my blog for anyone interested. Some days I might have more content there.

Thanks, and happy sketching!

01-02-2014, 11:33 AM
Wow, you are impressively organised, what a good idea to think about themes ahead of time. Love the bee clip.

01-02-2014, 02:28 PM
Marge, welcome to Art Journal Forum. The bee clip is super cute. Great start.

I noticed in your line up of sketching themes, you listed nudes. I will get the moderator to fix the thread if nudes do show up. WC has a policy of needing a "butt" icon associated with threads that contain nudes. This is to warn those who do not wish to see them or for those who are underage to avoid them. Anyway, just a heads up for next time. :)

Marge Cameron
01-02-2014, 02:39 PM
Thanks, Wagtail & DrDebby. Much appreciated! No need to pester the moderator, I hope. I had intended not to show any naughty bits. The poses would be partials, back views with no bare buns, that kind of thing (if that's permitted) to keep it "clean". But thanks for mentioning it.

01-02-2014, 04:10 PM
wow, that looks serious, love the bee ;)

Joy M.
01-02-2014, 08:22 PM
Cute sketch!

I'm doing a 365 sketch challenge this year, as well. It will be fun to follow yours. :)

Marge Cameron
01-02-2014, 09:38 PM
Thanks, Scatty. Just serious enough to keep me on track but still have fun. :thumbsup:

Joy, do you have a thread for yours? I'd love to see your sketches!

Marge Cameron
01-02-2014, 09:42 PM
DAY 2: Studio Items #2
Rabbit Figurine

I've had this little green rabbit statue hanging around in my studio forever, collecting dust and looking cute. It was a good sketching candidate with some gentle back lighting from the desk lamp.


Joy M.
01-03-2014, 07:42 AM
I don't have a thread yet, but I'm thinking I'll set one up at the end of the week.

I really like how you have some of your construction lines showing in the rabbit sketch.

01-03-2014, 02:31 PM
Darling rabbit sketch.

Joan T
01-03-2014, 08:39 PM
Marge, wow...I'm impressed that you have such a list all ready. That's a great way to not have to think at the last minute and feel pressured to find something to sketch. The magnetic bee clip is cute and i like the way you did the writing like it is buzzing around. Lovely sketch of the rabbit. If he was in my studio he would have been sketched many times.

01-03-2014, 08:47 PM
Wow, how long did it take you to come up with that list? I'll be looking forward to seeing it 'materialize' here… Great start! Your shadowing of the rabbit is so soft, it almost looks like you have drawn it from a life one!

Marge Cameron
01-05-2014, 12:53 PM
Thanks so much, Joy, DrDebby, Joan and Jenny. I didn't keep track of the time, but it probably took me a few hours here and there to completely compose the list. It's a good thing I did it, because it came in handy already. It's been a crazy weekend, and the only reason I got my sketches done was because I didn't have to think too hard about what to draw.

Marge Cameron
01-05-2014, 12:56 PM
DAY 3: Studio Items #3
Push Pins

I think just about every artist has push pins lying around their studio somewhere! But never when you actually need one.


Marge Cameron
01-05-2014, 01:00 PM
Day 4: Studio Items #4
Paasche airbrush parts

Saturday's drawing was probably my most enjoyable one so far, not because it turned out the best but because it's the most personal. I learned to airbrush with a slew of Paasche VL airbrushes, and these are some of the spare parts from my original guns. I haven't airbrushed anything in ages, but this sketch makes me want to bust out my equipment and lose myself for a few hours.


01-05-2014, 01:14 PM
:wave: hi

An impressive list! I could work with a list like that for possibilities but never as a timetable :). I dont do organised well!

And a great start

01-05-2014, 02:43 PM
Marvelous sketches from your studio. And, when you get an art urge like that, there's probably a reason. Maybe you should give it a go.

Marge Cameron
01-08-2014, 01:32 PM
Thank you, Vhere. I've found if I don't make some kind of schedule, I get distracted far too easily & abandon my ideas before they ever see the light of day.

I think you're probably right, DrDebby. This first part of January is going to be really hectic, but once things settle down, I need to "give it a go".

Marge Cameron
01-08-2014, 01:35 PM
Day 5: Studio Items #5
Hand & Brush

Although this is my non-artistic left hand that would never use a brush to paint, both my hands are obviously critical in creating my work. I felt it only appropriate to draw at least one of them as a studio item, because without me, there is no studio!


Marge Cameron
01-08-2014, 02:03 PM
Day 6: Nudes #1

This sketch was done from a pose in one of my Art Models books, a handy resource when it's far too cold for anyone to be disrobing!

(Hopefully this pose doesn't require the little butt icon, but if so, my apologies to the admins and please edit as you see fit. Thank you!)


01-08-2014, 03:02 PM
The hand holding the brush is great. Your lovely lady is very well done.

01-09-2014, 03:01 AM
I love the hand sketch, I find hands very difficult to draw, Yours is beautiful!

Marge Cameron
01-10-2014, 09:24 AM
Thank you, DrDebby and Jenny! :)

I used to absolutely hate drawing hands and feet. I think most art students do! Nobody wants dreaded man-hand on their curvy females. But once I learned to draw them without thinking of them as hands (just a mass of shapes and planes), it got much easier. Now I actually love drawing them, especially feet for some reason.

Noses are still another story, though. LOL

Marge Cameron
01-10-2014, 09:27 AM
Day 7: Nudes #2

Really, I think everyone suspects Barbie is on the easy side...


Marge Cameron
01-10-2014, 09:33 AM
Day 8: Nudes #3

When it comes to figure drawing, I definitely prefer the female body. I don't know if it's because I know it better, being a female myself, or it's all those nice curves and soft landscapes. Knowing that women are the go-to, I purposely chose a male this time, in a pose that I could do relatively quickly, since I had a full schedule.


01-10-2014, 02:53 PM
Nice batch of sketches.....I'll be following along!


01-10-2014, 03:12 PM
Great idea using Barbie for a model. :) Splendid drawing of the male model.

Joan T
01-22-2014, 04:58 PM
Your sketches are wonderful, especially the figures. Love the push pins too and that Barbie page.

02-16-2014, 05:18 AM
Great sketches.