Advent Calendar December 2014

For a couple of years I’ve been thinking about creating an online advent calendar, but never came around to do so.

Now that December is coming close so soon again, I’ve decided to do at least a ‘blog advent calendar’:
For each day of December leading up to Christmas I wish to post a winter-theme sketch, or drawing, or illustration, or comic, or painting, or poem, etc..

I hope you will enjoy following this advent calendar as much as I will enjoy creating its content!

As for now, this is a small collage of my recent winter character development sketches:

Winter character development: pencil (3B, 4B) sketches in my a6 sketchbook
Winter character development: pencil (3B, 4B) sketches in my a6 sketchbook
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Day 11 of #DrawingAugust

Developing what the three kids will be typically riding around with.

I must say that drawing bicycles is really not an easy task.

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Let me see if she shall keep this type of bicycle and what the other two will get.

Day 9 of #DrawingAugust

My planetary studies of today inspired me to do a little sketch of the ruling planets for Aquarius:

Uranus and Saturn, colouring pencil sketch and pigment liner 0.5
Uranus and Saturn, colouring pencil sketch and pigment liner 0.5

If I find the time to dig a bit deeper into the planets and their meanings, I might develop an illustrated story or comic from it… or maybe a card deck?

Let’s see how the Aquarius full moon will inspire.

Cycle of Growth #growjune

Sequel of ‘Wind’ and ‘Raindrops’ from Twitter’s #movemay.

Water returning to the sky and growing back into a cloud.

'Cycle of Growth' for Twitter's #growjune. Pigment liner 0.8, 0.3 on tracing paper over pencil sketch
‘Cycle of Growth’ for Twitter’s #growjune. Pigment liner 0.8, 0.3 on tracing paper over pencil sketch
First go on inking using tracing paper over 'Wind' sketch
 Wind – Inking
Wind and Rain - Ink
Wind and Rain – Inking

Drawing August Day 15

Some time back, I really was completely ambitious to try creating sketches with the iPad. Then I had the iPad and did few comic sketches on it. It was totally tiresome. So I thought that with one of those drawing and writing pens for the iPad sketching would get easier. Well, it did kind of get easier, but not how I hoped it would. It totally takes time to adjust and even more time to exercise before one gets something reasonable together. At least, this seems to be the case for me. After a while I lost patience, gave up and went back to traditional sketching tools. Although I neglected pretty much all the possible creative tools out there for many years, attempting to get back on the creative track with traditional tools, rather than digital tools, turned out to be more fun for a start. However today I totally felt like trying the iPad again but just could not find any of my iPad pens! Where on earth did I hide those?! I will still keep searching, I mean, they need to be somewhere. But for now and to get today’s sketch done in time I used my fingers.

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Drawing August Day 11

The cookie that did not want to open…

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So far, #DrawingAugust (see post Drawing August 2013) has been really fun. It unleashed capabilities I knew we’re there, but abandoned for so many years. And although I am still sanding down the rusty layer of years and years of neglecting my creative side: By getting into the routine to doing a sketch a day, and going through the ‘what-on-earth-shall-I-draw-today’ syndrome, I am realising that the source of creativity is limitless! Because in the end, and even if it is a minute before twelve, the treasure box opens just in time and another day’s sketch is produced. There is a total abundance of possibilities. A treasure house of creative riches that still needs to be tapped into. No need for endless replicas of ‘same old, same old’. Time to jump off the beaten path of creativity and to be daring, to be oneself!