Sketchbook Project Update

I had pretty much given up any hope that I was going to finish
my Sketchbook Project by the 15th.
I lost all steam after my trip to Kansas in September.
What was I thinking that I could do this?
This is dumb, who is going to see and care about this?
I did some stuff here and there, but left a lot of partially done pages.
These two drawings have been in pencil for months.
I originally did them because I was practicing drawing Legos
for a little boy I babysit for.
I was going to make him a painting, which has been sitting
half done for just as long. I sort of hate it.
Sophie, an 8 year old I babysit (little boy's sister) for
is my best supporter.
A few days ago she saw me working in the sketchbook 
and goes "Oh yeah! How many pages do you have left?"
I sheepishly looked at her and went 
"Ummm...a lot. And I haven't finished a lot of pages too.
There is no way I am going to get this done in time."
She demanded to see my Sketchbook, to which I obliged.
She marveled at my most recent drawing
My mom gave me this bizarre bird pen for Christmas,
so I brought it to work--and all the kids love it.
Sophie was amazed at how good it was and says,
"Dawn, you must be one of the BEST drawers in all of Virginia!
You have to finish this in time. You only have 9 days. Tonight
I want you to draw this pepsi bottle, and start finishing those pages."
Yep, all of this coming from an 8 year old.
She boosts my ego even though I know I am not even 
close to being one of the best drawers in Virginia!
So, I listened to Sophie.
When I saw her the next day, I showed her the sketch, which she loved.
Her next project for me to tackle was finishing ALL of my unfinished pages
(hasn't happened yet), along with drawing a Sharpie
and scissors that were on my desk.
I couldn't help but to listen and oblige.
Not finished yet, I still have to color it in.
Of course she gives me all circular objects!
Drawing circles in perspective (aka: ellipses) is HARD.
I then worked on old pages, because she asked so sweetly.
How can you let a kid down?
These spreads were unfinished since September.
We went on a Party Bus, and yes it did catch on fire
(not while we were in it),
and yes it did get caught up in a high speed police chase
(also not while we were in it).
I also got an entire beer poured all over me
by someone who was drunk and walking around a moving bus.
This page was inspired by a pair of hairbands
sitting on my bathroom counter that I 
found to be in an interesting pattern.
Funny the things that strike you.
This spread was fun.
I had previously Gesso'ed these pages,
and watercolor on top of gesso gives out an interesting texture.
The gesso is very non-porous. and I really like the effect.
That website is real! It has a step-by-step demo
on how to draw a marble and color it in with colored pencils.
Mine looks horrible in comparison, but I do like it.
I'm not sure if I didn't press hard enough,
or if it was the paper.
Lastly, I am trying to draw my cat, Jack,
from when he was a wee babe.
As you can see, its not very good!
Sure it looks like a cat...but thats about it.
Any seasoned drawers out there want to give me some pointers?
Also, while this is in my Sketchbook, I also am
drawing this for the Sketchbook Challenge
Each month for the year, this blog puts out a theme,
and you can make as many sketches that fit that theme.
They even have a flickr group!
It seems lots of people are participating in this challenge.
I really want to try and expand my drawing skills this year,
and I know myself well enough that I am going to need
a little motivation.
I so hope this is it. It looks like fun!


  1. These are so nice & fun. :)

  2. Sophie is right... keep going!! It's looking great. I think you may be one of the BEST drawers in all of VA...terrific post!!

  3. Dawn, listen to Sophie!!! And submit what you have anyway....really!! They didn't say it had to have "every page complete", plus some people glued like 4-6 pieces of paper together so the amount of drawing is less than if they had not done so. You have got TALENT girl, and don't let it go to waste....use if for good! Sophie will feel very happy that you listened to her....and that's GOOD!

  4. Aren't kids the best?!

    I am really impressed at how your drawing has come along, Dawn. Wow!

  5. sophie sounds like a great cheerleader! and i must say that i agree with her.......your drawings are super, girl!! you're almost to the finish line.....you'll get it done, and you'll be so happy with yourself when you do (and so will sophie!!)!! keep up the good work! xox, :))

  6. Hey Dawn!! THis is Connie from Dirty Footprints Studio and I wanted to send you an email about something...but can't find an email address anywhere. So please pardon me that i am asking here...but if you could be ever so kind to email me at DirtyFootprints(at)yahoo(dot)com I would be so happy!

    BIG Hugs!