2017 Resolution: A Sketch A Day

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So I’ve already spoken about my reading resolution for 2017. But I have one other resolution for the new year and that is to attempt a sketch a day for 2017!

I used to draw heaps when I was younger and even tried my hand at creating some anime graphic novels. I eventually returned to writing instead because drawing a single scene took up so much more time than writing ever did and I was impatient to get my story down as fast as possible. But every now and then the itch to draw hits me again and I find myself longing for a sketchbook and some pencils.

This isn’t a resolution with a particular aim or end-goal; it’s just a way of scratching that drawing itch and also to have some creative fun. I’ve almost forgotten how much I enjoyed drawing! Also,  I thought it’d be fun to see how much I might be able to improve my artistic skills if I stuck to my resolution. At the end of the year, I may or may not have improved my drawing skills, but I would have had fun anyway. And any chance to have creative fun is something I’m totally down with.

The above sketch is my very first sketch for Day One of 2017. I have to admit, I was a tad nervous when I found myself confronted with a blank page, especially after having not drawn in a very long time. So I decided as a warm up, I’d start by copying some of my favourite illustrators’ works. This one is a riff on Warwick Goble’s gorgeous illustrations for Dinah Craik’s The Fairy Book. This one depicts a scene from The Iron Stove: “At evening-tide she climbed up into a little tree, and purposed spending the night there, for fear of the wild beasts”. Goble’s illustration  bemused my younger self when I first set eyes on it because, as you can see, she didn’t exactly pick a very good tree to spend the night on – no chance of her falling asleep, suspended on those spindly branches!

At the risk of sounding immodest, I was pretty pleased with this first effort of mine. To be honest, I thought I would have done a lot worse on my first sketch! I’m in no way a professional artist and this drawing of mine is definitely nowhere near perfect or as good as any number of other artists out there, but I’m pretty happy with it for a first day’s sketch.

I won’t be putting up every sketch I draw (Let’s just say  the resulting next few days’ sketches were a bit of a bomb!), but I would be putting up one every now and then. It’ll be interesting to see what comes from this after my 365 days are up!

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