… on your mark, get set, GO!

The Inktober Challenge – Day FOUR – October 4, 2017

Somebody has asked me to paint a frog.  They want to give it to someone, who is mad about frogs, for a Christmas present.  Painting the frog itself isn’t so much of a problem, even though I don’t think I have drawn or painted a frog in my adult life, it is the composition I struggle with a lot more than actually painting a little Amphibia.  I can’t just plonk a frog on paper and have nothing around it.  I have invested a lot of think time trying to come up with an idea on how to present this little fellow.

I thought of having a frog in a somewhat suspended lily pad, suspended by the stem of a waterlily and the flower, with subtle waves below.  The Inktober Challenge is a good platform to try out composition ideas, so I thought I would test out my idea.  I temporarily forgot my idea, when I made the decision to make the lily pad bigger, which didn’t leave enough room for the flower.  Oops!  Oh well, at least I won’t be confronted with, “what do I draw today for the Inktober Challenge?” tomorrow.

I’m looking forward to painting it with watercolours, wet into wet, and seeing the unexpected resulting colours and textures that will appear,  but firstly, I have to figure out how to present this little cutie on paper.

Day 4

Day THREE – October 3, 2017

I think this is the first turtle I have drawn in my adult life.  I want to incorporate some swimming turtles into a whale painting, so what a perfect opportunity to try drawing new creatures in my brand-new, different coloured paged, cool sketch book.


Day TWO – October 2, 2017

This is a quick sketch of my house.  With this picture I would like to add some shading and depth, if time allows.

my house

Day ONE – October 1, 2017

On Sunday, I met up with some good friends and we did some urban sketching, seeking protection from the wind by sitting in a bus shelter and enjoying the warmth of the sunshine.  I sketched the Town Hall from an Elizabeth Street viewpoint.  If I get a chance, I’d like to add some shading to create some more depth.  The slope of the street looks like we are possibly in San Francisco (lol) but I like this exaggeration because I think it adds some drama to the drawing.


As the days aren’t showing any signs of slowing down and a new one continues to roll on  in every 24 hours, there’s no stopping Inktober.  I’m trying to keep pace with it even though the imagery of being defeated by a treadmill tries to sneak into my consciousness.

treadmill fall

Are you doing the Inktober Challenge or struggle with composition too???

Thanks for reading. 🙂



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