30 Day Drawing Challenge: Day 1

This is SO not my fault. The ever-fabulous Keris Stainton mentioned she was tempted to try Show & Tell‘s 30 Day Drawing Challenge – and I am nothing if not suggestible.

I drew a lot as a teenager (still have v fond memories of my watercolour of Colin the Leopard Lily for my GCSE coursework, painted while listening to Ned’s Atomic Dustbin on cassette: good times), and I don’t really know why I stopped. I think at some point I decided words were ‘more my thing’, on account of my drawing being actually a bit rubbish.

Luckily, now I’m a grown up I don’t care about such finicky things, and will foist it on you anyway.  Do please join in at home, interwebular friends!

Day 1: Yourself

Now I’ve thought about it, probably I could’ve done something clever here with a collage which interpreted the inner workings of my mind through the use of colour and triangles and stuff. But instead I just picked up a pencil and tried to draw my face.

For the uninitiated, here is my face:

Yes, I am in my dressing gown on the internet, wearing an earring made out of chalk.  Shush.

(Also: yes, I know, the To Fringe Or Not To Fringe debate rattles on; no, I am not really that yellow, etc etc.  This is sort of vaguely my general face, anyway.)

The results were… varied.

My first effort started well then veered into ‘I look a lot more like a half-Taiwanese five-year-old than I thought’, so I did a lot of rubbing out and correcting and decided my lips were particularly in need of attention, and…

self-portrait: whoa

Uncanny, no?

So I started over, and apparently decided to entirely ignore my face and draw Fiona Allen‘s face instead.

self-portrait: whoa 2!

I blame the pencil. Pencils have a mind of their own.

Anyway, I started a 3rd time, and because I’ve put it last after those reprehensible efforts, it actually looks pretty good – even though in the real world it is an indeterminate set of features that, while it could plausibly be a person, still doesn’t in any way resemble me.  Hooray!

self-portrait: well, ish

At least I have fully captured the way one holds one’s lips when deeply amused by one’s own epic crapulousness.

Come back tomorrow, when I will have to draw AN ANIMAL (presumably from memory, unless I can procure a giraffe this afternoon). You know you want to!

In the meantime, do make sure to visit the utterly lovely new blog Girls ♥ Books, because today’s post is by me and is even more dorky than this one. *takes a bow*


12 thoughts on “30 Day Drawing Challenge: Day 1”

  1. Oh lawks, you can really draw! I’ve just done the same round face with oblong specs cartoon I always do (of my face, that is). And you look just like Jane Austen in 2 and 3.

    1. And I have done the same pencil-shadey thing I always do. Wish I could do cartoony-style things!

      Jane Austen: it’s the hair, innit? I shall spend today wearing an empire line frock and discreetly weeing on the windowsill.

  2. You can really draw!

    And now my stick men are going to look even worse than I thought… oh well it will be amusing anyway.

    Good luck with the giraffe hunt 🙂

  3. Go you! This looks like excellent rocrastination! Look forward to seeing the next. Was disturbed that I didn’t actually recognise you in the photo for a second, so drawings a fantastic likeness as far as I’m concerned, as I obviously have that brain thing where you can’t recognise faces any more. Unless it’s the yellow, or that I really can’t get the hang of the fringe…

    1. Yeah, I seem to be going through a not-looking-like-me phase. Is that a thing? Or do I have that brain thing where you can’t recognise faces too? It’s very confusing, anyway.

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