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Daily Drawings – September

As an artist I can’t get enough images, so I love looking at other artists’ daily drawings online. August Wren‘s daily paintings are a favourite. I draw most days, but I don’t achieve a completed drawing or sketch everyday. I enjoy the freedom and flexibility of doing my own thing, without pressure. So it was quite clear that a daily drawing challenge wasn’t for me.

Lisa Cogdon’s daily drawings challenge

Well at least it wasn’t for me until I watched Lisa Cogdon‘s  daily drawing challenge on Creative Bug… and changed my mind. Lisa says daily drawings help you develop your own style. I am always keen to develop my style further and decided to follow her 30 days drawing challenge in September.

Daily Drawings and Paintings for September 2016

How I worked

The prompts on Lisa’s daily drawing challenge are quite varied.  I found some more inspiring than others. To give unity to the project I worked as follow:

  • Used 5″x7″ paper for all drawings
  • Pre-painted  backgrounds lightly in watercolours
  • Used black pen, more watercolour and a white gel pen to draw and paint the art work
  • I drew directly in pen so any bent lines and other ‘mistakes’ just stayed as they were
  • I posted each drawing on social media – The likes and comments kept me going (I had thoughts of giving up the challenge a few times)

I like some of the drawings better than others. But that’s fine – daily drawings are quick studies rather than completed art work, so they can’t all be happy experiments. I enjoyed when possible drawing from life more than from reference photos. There’s plenty for me to work on too. For instance, I don’t feel I can draw only from imagination without any reference at all… and that’s something I would love to be able to do!

What I learned from my daily drawing challenge

  • Quick lettering – I found a style of lettering and got quicker and more confident with it
  • Discipline – I had not much time to procrastinate if  I wanted to complete a new drawing every day. The challenged forced me to make time to  draw on days where I might have ‘rested’
  • Un-inspiring subjects can be fun and make an interesting drawing – it’s up to you what you do with the prompt!

Have I developed my own style further? I am not sure.

Would I do a daily drawing challenge again? Yes, but not just yet. It would be a fun way to explore new mediums. But I had to put other projects on hold to complete this challenge and  can’t wait to get back to them.

Here are all 30 drawings!! If you have time, please tell me which ones are your favourites in the comments at the bottom.

PS: Some of the original and prints are available to purchase from my Esty shop.

Daily drawings in Pen and Watercolour Trees by Sophie Peanut
Day 1 – Trees
Daily drawings in Pen and Watercolour Tea Cups by Sophie Peanut
Day 2 – Tea Cups
Daily drawings in Pen and Watercolour Chairs by Sophie Peanut
Day 3 – Chairs
Daily drawings in Pen and Watercolour Leaves by Sophie Peanut
Day 4 – Leaves
Daily drawings in Pen and Watercolour Roses by Sophie Peanut
Day 5 – Roses
Daily drawings in Pen and Watercolour Trainers by Sophie Peanut
Day 6 – Trainers
Daily drawings - Pitchers in pen and watercolour by Sophie Peanut
Day 7 – Pitchers
Cats in Pen and Watercolour Daily Drawings by Sophie Peanut
Day 8 – Cats
Birds in Pen and Watercolour Daily Drawings by Sophie Peanut
Day 9 – Birds
Mushroom in pen and watercolour by Sophie Peanut
Day 10 – Mushrooms
Brooms in Pen and Watercolour Daily Drawings by Sophie Peanut
Day 11 – Brooms
Daily drawings in Pen and Watercolour Tulip by Sophie Peanut
Day 12 – Tulips
Owls in Pen and Watercolour Daily Drawings by Sophie Peanut
Day 13 – Owls
Ferns in Pen and Watercolour Daily Drawings by Sophie Peanut
Day 14 – Ferns
Daily Drawings Watches in Pen and Watercolour by Sophie Peanut
Day 15 – Watches
Daily Drawings Apples in Pen and Watercolour by Sophie Peanut
Day 16 – Apples
Daily Paintings by Sophie Peanut - Radishes in pen and watercolour
Day 17 – Radishes
Daily Paintings by Sophie Peanut - Bikinis in pen and watercolour
Day 18 – Bikinis
Daily Paintings by Sophie Peanut - Fish in pen and watercolour
Day 19 – Fish
Daily Drawings by Sophie Peanut - Forks in pen and watercolour
Day 20 – Forks
Daily Drawings by Sophie Peanut - Cactus in pen and watercolour
Day 21 – Cactus
Daily Drawings by Sophie Peanut - Cactus in pen and watercolour
Day 22 – Paintbrushes
Spice jars - Daily Drawings in pen and watercolour by Sophie Peanut
Day 23 – Spice jars
Daily Drawings House Plants in Pen and Watercolour by Sophie Peanut
Day 24 – House Plants
Daily Drawings Boots in Pen and Watercolour by Sophie Peanut
Day 25 – Boots
Daily Drawings Seashells in Pen and Watercolour by Sophie Peanut
Day 26 – Seashells
Daily Drawings Lamps in Pen and Watercolour by Sophie Peanut
Day 27 – Lamps
Daily Drawings Salt and Pepper in Pen and Watercolour by Sophie Peanut
Day 28 – Salt and Pepper
Daily Drawings Sunshine in Pen and Watercolour by Sophie Peanut
Day 29 – Sunshine
Daily Drawings Bees in Pen and Watercolour by Sophie Peanut
Day 30 – Bees

Daily Drawings and Paintings by Sophie Peanut September 2016

25 Comments

  1. Jane

    I think my favorite is sunshine. Although you didn’t paint the sun shining, the drawing evokes the joy of the sun on your face. Loved so many others too!! Congrats on finishing the challenge

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  2. This is an awesome collection! I did a #sketch365 project last year, drawing every single day for a year, so I get the part about the social media comments keeping you going! My faves – apples (I work for the Town of Apple Valley, and have a small collection of original art featuring apples). I also love the kitchen collection! Spices, forks, salt & pepper. I have the perfect spot in my kitchen for that whole set! Put these up for sale and I’ll take several!

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  3. Julien

    Hello ! Congratulation for this funny challenge. I like tea cups, trainers, watches, apple, radishes, paintbrushes, spicejars, boots, house plants, lamps, salt and pepper, and sunshine. I am waiting for other drawings impatiently !
    Gros bisous

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  4. Daisy Line

    Definitely the bees; I love bees! I have to say, they are all great….I love the boots too and the jugs….and the brushes…if I keep going, I’ll end up naming them all. Love your work, so fresh and smile making! X

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