30 (ish)-Day Drawing Challenge!

Now that I’m free for the summer, I thought it would be fun to do something art-related. So I thought, why not a 30-day challenge?

Below I have a list of 106-ish subjects ready to be drawn. The rules are simple. Using a random number generator (found here), I will pick one random medium and one subject from the list. For the subjects with (+1) afterwards, I’ll get an extra day to finish (hence the “ish” after “30” in the title.) Most of the list is stuff I came up with, some of it comes from what seems to be common in other challenge lists.

This Monday, I’ll randomly choose my subject/medium. The piece will be due the next day. At that time I’ll choose another subject, and so on until I have 30 pieces.

I thought it would be nice to try and stretch my creative ability, as well as just to practice, because Lord knows I don’t do enough of that. I also want to see where my weaknesses are. I’m super excited for this challenge, and I can’t wait to see where it goes!

Well, first assignment’s on Monday. See you then!


Choose one from the following mediums:

  • pencil/charcoal
  • colored pencil
  • digital
  • digital with color
  • my pick

Choose one from the following subjects:

PEOPLE

  1. picture of me
  2. favorite book character
  3. monarch/king/queen
  4. me in a different time period
  5. a rock band
  6. favorite outfit(s)
  7. wedding gown
  8. an imaginary friend from childhood
  9. butterfly
  10. fictional mantis
  11. a dinosaur
  12. a weapon
  13. favorite drink
  14. eyes
  15. ballerina
  16. four horsemen of the apocalypse
  17. a hooded figure
  18. hair

OBJECTS/ORGANISMS

  1. bird
  2. dollhouse
  3. flowers
  4. lemon
  5. stars in the sky
  6. umbrella
  7. monster
  8. wings
  9. outdated robots
  10. doll
  11. mask
  12. chess piece
  13. mode of transportation
  14. what I ate for breakfast
  15. leaves
  16. drinking glass
  17. cat
  18. demon
  19. reaper
  20. moon
  21. sun
  22. a coin
  23. a bell
  24. a candle
  25. water drops
  26. random astrological zodiac sign
  27. my Chinese zodiac sign
  28. my astrological zodiac sign
  29. egg
  30. bone
  31. angel
  32. mythological creature
  33. feather
  34. spirit animal
  35. favorite toy as a kid
  36. one of my favorite foods

SCENERY

  1. favorite scene from a movie
  2. attic/basement
  3. sci-fi desert scene (+1)
  4. harbor
  5. forest
  6. garden
  7. museum
  8. underwater
  9. graveyard
  10. floating landscape (+1)
  11. city above the sky (+1)
  12. theater
  13. tranquil nature
  14. architecture
  15. cityscape (+1)
  16. farm
  17. a room in your dream house (+1)
  18. some sort of background
  19. one of my favorite places

CONCEPTS/PATTERNS

  1. something with my favorite color
  2. favorite season
  3. favorite weather
  4. favorite myth/fairytale
  5. favorite holiday
  6. tattoo
  7. black & white
  8. a smell
  9. song I just listened to, something that represents it
  10. mandala
  11. re-imagining of a book cover
  12. get five random tropes from tvtropes, pick one
  13. one of the seven deadly sins
  14. one of the seven heavenly virtues
  15. tarot card
  16. favorite word personified
  17. a fear
  18. an untranslatable word

MIXES/MASH-UPS

  1. lettering + first noun/verb/adjective of the 9th full sentence of the book closest to you
  2. a mash-up of three things on this list
  3. something on this list + a mustache
  4. something on this list + one of the four elements
  5. animal + person
  6. mash-up one random Chinese zodiac sign with one astrological zodiac sign
  7. twins + one other thing on this list
  8. logo + something on this list
  9. impossible animal mash-up
  10. jewelry + something on this list
  11. dragon + something on this list
  12. fruits/veggies + the four elements
  13. circus + something on this list
  14. fox + something on this list

OTHER

  1. redo of something you’ve made before (doesn’t have to be from this challenge)
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Poem: Swirling

Swirling

We are swirling
turning in top-tabled towns
And we spin, spin,
dancing in past paper gowns

And the echo
of faint footsteps falling
and curt cattails calling
The summer air over there
where
did we go?

We kick up the glitter dust
with our Achilles’ heels
And we wind our way ‘round
like a set of cartwheels

And we whirl,
wooden birds, we take a dive,
pictures all prepared to glide
Paper airplanes,
folded with creases and
lines in between us
and cracks inside

Our tiptoes are light as a
stack of matchsticks,
And we construct cake-castles with
a series of clicks
As we build up the walls,
the castle, it leans
and we fill up the moats with
good gasoline—

We’ve got a flare there,
burning in cinders so
slow that it lingers, oh
tingling across all our times
here.

We are swirling
turning in top-tabled towns
And we spin, spin,
‘til we will take the dive down

Goodbye Summer in Not-So-Pretty-Bows

Summer is coming to a close, and I have to admit I’m not so good at goodbyes. Even so, the end of summer means that I’ve got a few things to wrap up in pretty little end-of-summer bows.

You remember this list, don’t you? The summer list? All in all, the grand total is:

THE SUMMER LIST 2013:

  1. Finish writing a book
  2. Take on the reading program at my library
  3. Learn to drive
  4. Finish a knitting project
  5. Finish an art project
  6. Memorize a song on the piano

Would you look at that, I’ve done almost nothing.

Okay, that’s not entirely true. Do you remember me mentioning my problem with finishing things? Well, here is specific evidence that finishing isn’t always my strong suit. But I’m improving… I think.

Finish writing a book:

While my beloved novel may not be finished, it sure is a lot further along than it was at the beginning of the season. At this specific point in time, it is 80,454 words long, give or take some because of all of my notes. (Plus I like to put in chapter titles that are really long and that make almost no sense whatsoever.)

But one important thing that summer gave my book was a real, solid backbone. Before, the plot was still very move-y and gelatinous, and the beginning was an all-over-the-place-peanut-butter-and-kitchen-sink mess. Now it’s sturdier, and definitely better. Definitely.

Take on the reading program at the library:

Hooray! I actually finished this one! I read some pretty good (and some not-so-good) books this summer. And those book reviews…? I’d rather not talk about those *shudder*.

Learn to drive:

Heh. This one’s funny. There will be more on this later.

Let’s just say, I’m not the best driver in the world.

Finish a knitting project:

I got one glove done. Enough said.

Finish an art project:

I… I don’t even think I started one. Did I? Not that I can remember. I still drew and painted (ish) and stuff like that, but, yeah… no Mona Lisas this time.

Memorize a song on the piano:

Okay, this one was just pure laziness.

Oh well. There’s always next summer, right?

I’m actually kind of sick of this list. Aren’t you? I am I am I am. So you will notice that The Summer List page is no longer in the menu. I don’t think I’m going to be doing this again, so, poof! All gone.

(Actually, you can still view the page here. But there’s not much to see. There wasn’t really much to look at in the first place. I’m also getting rid of the list categories. The tag will still be there, though.)

What can I say? Summer sun makes me lethargic. Maybe that’s why I like cold, fresh autmn-winter-spring air. Mmm.

And so, without further ado– goodbye summer!

Much love,
Jackie

The Frogs Outside my Window

Imagine the sound a frog makes. Go ahead, imagine it. Really loud, now.

Then multiply that by two.

And then by five.

Ten.

Twenty.

Then stop.

*Silence*

And then start again.

With the coming of deep, heat-drenched summer comes many things: sleeping in until 11:00, eating potato chips and popcorn on the couch, watching movies, using my free time to do something other than homework. You know, the usual.

But where I live, summer also brings around frogs.

Ah, yes, the frogs. Notorious, sneaky little things. Every summer, all night long, the ribbit-ribbit of frogs goes on and off like a light bulb. A bright, bright light bulb. In your face. While you have a headache. A chorus of frogs will sound off for a solid amount of time (usually anywhere from 10 seconds to 2 minutes), and then stop, all of a sudden.

You think they’re done, but they’re not.

*during dinner*

“Hey, mom, can you pass me the–”

RIBBIT RIBBIT

“Um… okay. Mom, can you pass me the–”

RIBBIT RIBBIT RIBBIT

*angry sigh* “GIVE ME THE–”

RIBBIT RIBBIT RIBBIT RIBBIT RIBBIT RIBBIT RIBBIT RIBBITRIBBITRIBBITRIBBITRIBBITRIBBITRIBBITRIBBITRIBBIT

… silence.

… maybe they’re done.

… should I try now? No, better not risk it.

… seems safe…

“Okay, mom can you please give me the–”

RIBBIT.

*tears hair out throws dinner plate in the bushes in hopes of hitting a frog*

*fails*

…yeah.

I’d include a picture of them, but the thing is, I’ve never seen one. They are ghost frogs. They hide. You can hear them, boy can you hear them, but you can never see them.

Sometimes it sounds like they’re fighting with each other, trying to see who can scream the loudest. In the middle of the night. Or maybe they’re conspiring against humans and it’s all part of their plan for world domination.

I don’t think they were always there– I don’t remember them being around when I was little. But then again, I wasn’t exactly an attentive child.

The thing is, they JUST. DON’T. STOP.

And you want to know something weird? They used to be annoying. Like, really, really annoying.

But…

But now it’s kind of nice, hearing them outside. It makes me feel like I’m out in the country, on a farm or something, and tomorrow morning I will be awoken by the crowing of a rooster at sunrise. And I will have fresh eggs for breakfast. And I will run out into the apple orchards and knot daisies through my hair and play with the family sheepdog.

It’s kind of peaceful.

RIBBIT.

Kind of.