Archive for July, 2012

Day 30 – 30 day art challenge

Day 30 – 30 day art challenge

Whew, we just made today’s deadline. This is is last day of our 30 day art challenge, and I can’t believe it’s over. Both Ana-Maria and I have enjoyed the process and we would recommend it to anyone who is looking to dust off their creative skills. Personally, I feel completely rejuvenated and I will [...]



Day 29 – 30 day art challenge

Day 29 – 30 day art challenge

Normally I never know where the time goes, and this challenge didn’t help. Only one more day and the challenge is over! JULY 30 – PRE-PRINTED (done weekly): find a pre-printed paper (newspaper, magazine, etc.) and add to what is already there July 31 – Paint any subject matter by only using your fingers and [...]


Day 28 – 30 day art challenge

Day 28 – 30 day art challenge

Challenge: Draw any subject matter without lifting the pen from the paper. The lines cannot cross any former paths I really enjoyed this exercise because it made me break down the subject, and really simplify it too it’s pure form. It was hard, but only because non of the lines could cross, which I think [...]


Day 27 – 30 day art challenge

Day 27 – 30 day art challenge

Challenge: Draw any subject matter, but it must be in the style of Expressionism / Fauvism – Expressionism and Fauvism is not feeling compelled to use realistic colors or using real perspective to recreate an illusion of reality. Instead, colours are used to create an emotional impact, to represent the mood so to speak This [...]


Day 26 – 30 day art challenge

Day 26 – 30 day art challenge

Todays challenge: FOUND OBJECTS (done weekly): Make a face out of found objects You would think that this was an easy challenge, but it was hard trying to find the perfect object. Here are my faces Here is Ana-Maria’s face


Day 25 – 30 day art challenge

Day 25 – 30 day art challenge

Challenge: IF I WERE A… (done weekly): fruit/ vegetable, what would I be? I couldn’t decide what fruit or vegetable best suited me, I like a little bit of everything… so I picked a fruit salad. I love both savory and sweet, but if I had to choose, definitely fruit. Here is Ana-Maria’s drawing, she [...]


Day 24 – 30 day art challenge

Day 24 – 30 day art challenge

Challenge: BLACK AND WHITE ONLY (done weekly): Draw the first initial of your name then turn it into an imaginary creature This was just a fun exercise, here are my monsters Here is Ana-Maria’s monster


Day 23 – 30 day art challenge

Day 23 – 30 day art challenge

Todays challenge: Draw approx. 25 dots on a page. Connect some or all the dots. I started this one off with watercolours and thought that I wanted to do layer upon layer, but after I had done the first layering I felt like it was missing something. So I took a regular black pen and [...]


Day 22 – 30 day art challenge

Day 22 – 30 day art challenge

Another week gone and passed. Doing all these challenges has really inspired me, and I already have a few things in mind that I would like to paint/ create. Here are this weeks challenges: JULY 22 – PRE-PRINTED (done weekly): find a pre-printed paper (newspaper, magazine, etc) and add a drawing to what is already [...]


Day 21 – 30 day art challenge

Day 21 – 30 day art challenge

Challenge: Draw a scenery using only two colours Todays challenge was hard! I wanted to add a third colour, I think it would have added more depth (orange I think). I was going for a grass field scenery. And here is Ana-Maria’s, it was inspired by the view at English Bay.


Day 20 – 30 day art challenge

Day 20 – 30 day art challenge

Ok this was cutting it close, I always try to post by the afternoon but there was just too much going on today. Today’s challenge: Draw your daily route/routine you might take/do on a typical day A few weeks back I discovered the work of Mike Rohde, he has been getting a lot of buzz [...]


Day 19 – 30 day art challenge

Day 19 – 30 day art challenge

Todays challenge: FOUND OBJECTS (done weekly): Create something using 5 different items This was a lot of fun. I found all these objects and I came up with a few ideas but I liked this one in the end, especially the cast shadow it creates. And here is Ana-Maria’s little guy


Day 18 – 30 day art challenge

Day 18 – 30 day art challenge

Challenge: IF I WERE AN… (done weekly): animal, what would I be? I would be a… And Ana-Maria would be a…


Day 17 – 30 day art challenge

Day 17 – 30 day art challenge

Today’s challenge: BLACK AND WHITE ONLY (done weekly): in the spirit of the Olympics, draw 6 pictograms for any of the official sporting events. Today’s challenge was hard, but only because of the lack of time we had. So far we have both spent anywhere from 1 hour to 3 hours on each exercise, I [...]


Day 16 – 30 day art challenge

Day 16 – 30 day art challenge

Challenge: Create a set of 4 stamps using the theme ‘canadian’ This was a hard one, but only because I wasn’t allowed to use my computer. I had so many good ideas, but it meant using technology to acquire the special effects I had in mind. In the end I’m happy with my result, and [...]


Day 15 – 30 day art challenge

Day 15 – 30 day art challenge

Only two more weeks of our 30 day challenge! This weeks exercises: JULY 16 – PRE-PRINTED (done weekly): find a pre-printed paper (newspaper, magazine, etc) and add a drawing to what is already there JULY 17 – Create a set of 4 stamps using the theme ‘canadian’ JULY 18 – BLACK and WHITE ONLY (done [...]


Day 14 – 3- day art challenge

Day 14 – 3- day art challenge

Challenge: Draw to music – we both listened to the song Princess of China by Coldplay ft. Rihanna I really enjoyed doing today’s challenge, it was a complete contrast to all the other ones so far. While the other challenges have demanded a lot more thought before the drawing could even begin, this was liberating. [...]


Day 13 – 30 day art challenge

Day 13 – 30 day art challenge

Today’s challenge: Draw a picture that contains five things that begin with the letter ‘m’ This was a fun challenge and I can imagine a whole series. Here is my illustration. And here is Ana-Maria’s illustration. Her five words were: mountain, mermaid, moon, mockingbird and mushroom


Day 12 – 30 day art challenge

Day 12 – 30 day art challenge

Challenge for today: FOUND OBJECTS (done weekly): design a piece of furniture out of found objects Wow, today’s challenge was hard. I decided to go for a walk and see what I would find along the path, I came back with a bottle cap, some rose pedals, a rock and a pop can tab. My [...]


Day 11 – 30 day art challenge

Day 11 – 30 day art challenge

The challenge for today: IF I WERE AN… (done weekly): instrument, what would I be? Just like last Thursday (day 4 of our challenge), it was very hard to pick just one instrument that I thought represented who I am. I was tempted to make up a new instrument, but I finally decided… Here is [...]


Day 10 – 30 day art challenge

Day 10 – 30 day art challenge

Challenge: BLACK and WHITE ONLY (done weekly): Draw a person using only geometric shapes I first sketched mine and re-traced it with a marker (first image), then I wanted to see what it would look like if I made a block print out of it (second image). I’m liking the second version, although I would [...]


Day 9 – 30 day art challenge

Day 9 – 30 day art challenge

Today’s challenge: Make a visual narrative to making a recipe The recipe I illustrated for this challenge is courtesy of a good friend of mine, Jasmine Bradley. She is not only a foodie, but she is also the creator of Cook That Book. Make sure you check out her site, it’s full of great recipes, [...]


Day 8 – 30 day art challenge

Day 8 – 30 day art challenge

Wow, it’s been a week already. We hope you have enjoyed it so far, we certainly have, and it has been nice to explore outside the computer. I have realized how much I miss creating something with my hands, and I’m looking forward to this weeks challenges. JULY 09 – PRE-PRINTED (done weekly): find a [...]