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Instagram Photo A Day – August

Instagram Photo A Day – August

When I finished my Sketch Every Day 365 project in 2011, I knew I wanted to remain in the habit of being creative on a daily basis, which is what I loved most about the challenge of making or doing something every day for a year. I saw that a few of my IGer friends were participating in a daily photo challenge and I thought it would be fun to get on board and try it out. After all, I’m on Instagram constantly each day…I’m sure I could find a minute or two to post a daily picture. No pressure..this is just something for fun, if I can keep up with the daily challenge, great…if not, no biggie. I’ve had a lot of fun and it has become my 365 project for 2012. Blogger, social media editor and Instagram star, Chantelle, of Fat Mum Slim, created the photo challenge and the lists that a lot of IGers I follow have been using for the challenge. I started in January. Here are February, March, April, May, June, July…And below is my Photo-A-Day collection for August, 2012....

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Instagram Photo A Day – July

Instagram Photo A Day – July

When I finished my Sketch Every Day 365 project in 2011, I knew I wanted to remain in the habit of being creative on a daily basis, which is what I loved most about the challenge of making or doing something every day for a year. I saw that a few of my IGer friends were participating in a daily photo challenge and I thought it would be fun to get on board and try it out. After all, I’m on Instagram constantly each day…I’m sure I could find a minute or two to post a daily picture. No pressure..this is just something for fun, if I can keep up with the daily challenge, great…if not, no biggie. I’ve had a lot of fun and it has become my 365 project for 2012. Blogger, social media editor and Instagram star, Chantelle, of Fat Mum Slim, created the photo challenge and the lists that a lot of IGers I follow have been using for the challenge. I started in January. Here are February, March, April, May, June. And below is my Photo-A-Day collection for July, 2012....

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Instagram Photo A Day – June

Instagram Photo A Day – June

When I finished my Sketch Every Day 365 project in 2011, I knew I wanted to remain in the habit of being creative on a daily basis, which is what I loved most about the challenge of making or doing something every day for a year. I saw that a few of my IGer friends were participating in a daily photo challenge and I thought it would be fun to get on board and try it out. After all, I’m on Instagram constantly each day…I’m sure I could find a minute or two to post a daily picture. No pressure..this is just something for fun, if I can keep up with the daily challenge, great…if not, no biggie. I’ve had a lot of fun with it and I think it just may be my new 365 project! Blogger, social media editor and Instagram star, Chantelle, of Fat Mum Slim, created the photo challenge and the lists that a lot of IGers I follow have been using for the challenge. I started in January. Here are February, March, April, May. And below is my Photo-A-Day collection for June, 2012.  ...

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Bedtime Routine

Bedtime Routine

When my son, Mason (age 7), suggested adding a sketch session to our bedtime routine, I was really flattered that my kids enjoy watching me draw and are interested in seeing how I start and finish a sketch. After getting ready for bed, putting on jammies, brushing teeth, a small drink of water, and going potty…we all climbed into their bed, with Mason’s sketchbook and a pencil/pen. Mason wanted to “challenge” me by selecting the subject for the sketch. And I wanted to impress him by showing that I was willing to try and sketch anything he put in front of me. We started with an Imperial Guard Star Wars action figure and went from there. Each night, Mason would remind me that I had to do our bedtime sketch and pick something for me to draw. Some nights I really had to rush the sketch…with all the end of the school year projects and activities I was working on, my wedding season schedule, painting jobs, and since it was usually getting late and these boys needed to go to sleep…I really couldn’t spend more than 15 minutes on each drawing. Most were done in about 5-10 minutes. Some nights, the boys would fall asleep before I finished the sketch, so I would surprise them in the morning with it and they thought that was cool. It was a fun bedtime routine for a few weeks and I certainly enjoyed it…but I started to get the feeling that this was actually a stalling technique so that they wouldn’t have to go to sleep right away. And sure enough, once school let out for summer and our bedtime routine became more “flexible”…I was no longer as entertaining as I thought, and the requests stopped. Or rather, they became more lackadaisical about it. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted…and at least I discovered that I can draw Halo action figures....

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Vintage Comic Book Vibe

Vintage Comic Book Vibe

My brother-in-law, Mark, is an incredible designer, artist, musician. So, when he asks me to sketch or paint anything for any of his projects, I am completely honored and flattered for the opportunity to be a part of his awesomeness. For an upcoming event, Mark asked me to do some quick sketches of the three featured DJs for the flyer he was designing. Mark is one of the DJs, along with DJ Charlie Rock and Special Guest, DJ Nu-Mark. For the flyer design, he was going for a vintage comic book vibe. He sent me three photos to reference and told me to do the sketches like I had for my family’s birthday sketches…only with less shading and more cross-hatching like you’d see in comic book art.  I sketched first in pencil and then inked it, scanned and sent it to him…keeping my fingers crossed that he would like it and be able to work with it for the flyer. Mark took it from here, worked his magic on cleaning up the sketches and created this ridiculously AMAZING flyer. Seriously, I was blown away by what he did…and I was so humbled that he included me in the process. Not only am I super-duper excited that my little sketch made it to the final flyer design…I’m thrilled to go the event, with these three DJs, it’s sure to be a phenomenal show…not to be...

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