Today’s prompt is sleepy eyes. I felt like going rogue today and not use a reference for my character. I just plopped gouache on the paper and started making a head shape and I sketched features with pencil. Slowly a winter elf emerged. I added the snowflakes at the end. I was thinking of the peace and stillness I felt when there was a gentle snowfall and just standing there, taking it in. You could hear the flakes hitting leaves and autumn debris. A lot of times, major snowstorms would start quietly, with just gentle flakes. Snow didn’t come in like a thunderstorm. Many times snowflakes came in slowly, subtly and then they brought friends; more snow and wind.
So this elf is standing outside, taking in the peace of the quietly falling snow.
Today’s prompt is “culture different from my own” and another artist on Sktchy, Naomi Draw, posted a photo of herself when she was younger, in traditional costume. I chose her photo as a reference but took a little artistic license with the features.
Rick N is a bearded fellow and is the perfect model for today’s prompt, “beard.” Rick has been on Sktchy for many years and has been an amazing resource for when I need to see how to draw an emotion or a pose. His comments are always positive and upbeat and he is a valuable part of the Sktchy community. Rick has posted almost 3000 reference photos for artists to use for inspiration. Amazingly, he is extremely versatile, with a whole treasure trove of poses, costumes and expressions.
This is a classic Rick face, sketched with gouache.
I like that this daily challenge is forcing me to find shortcuts and it’s fun for me to play with the prompts to stretch or exaggerate a feature. Or to head in a completely different direction like using a plant for heart.
Today’s prompt is “rock star.“ This sketch, painted with gouache, has not been digitally touched up.