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Saturday, October 01, 2016

2016 Halloween Art and The Unexpected Consequences of 31 Day Challenges...

First up, is a painting from last years #drawlloween drawing challenge:

Drawlloween Day 25

Original is for sale over at my Etsy Shoppe Along with 11x17 (A3) Prints and 8.5x11 (A4) Prints.

As well as a whole bunch of merchandise over at Society6.


Then there was a last minute inspiration.
Totoro If you haven't seen 'My Neighbor Totoro', you are seriously missing out.




This original is for sale too, at my Etsy Shoppe.
Along with 11x17(A3) Prints and 8.5x11 (A4) Prints.

I made a few things over at Society 6, mainly I just wanted to have phone cases and tote bags available.

Now starts the mad dash, I have a show next weekend and I would really like to have this done by then.


I love this movie, and it's sad that Gene Wilder has passed, which is what originally prompted this drawing.

 

Ok, so The Unexpected Consequences of 31 Day Challenges

Last year when I embarked on this journey, I had no idea how much I'd fall in love with these challenges. It's been a year, and I've noticed a LOT of creative growth, not only in my subject matter but my drawing skills have greatly improved along with my creative thinking.  It helps get you out of your own head and onto subject matter you might not have even considered drawing. 

I can't recommend at least trying 1 31/30 day challenges enough. It's hard and it'll seem like a chore, but if you keep with it, you'll too see improvements in your skills.  It only takes 30 days to create a habit for better or worse.  Hopefully for the better, it'll get you into some good artistic habits.  And in order to get better at any skill you must constantly practice and challenge yourself, if you're really serious about improving.

There are quite a few Drawlloween calenders out there, my group is doing a mash up between the two.  Then there's Jake Parker's Inktober challenge, doesn't matter which calendar you do, just go for and stick with it.



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