I recently saw the documentary Amy, about the late Amy Winehouse. If you weren’t an Amy fan before you will be after watching it. It’s a very sympathetic, as well as tragic, look at her life, her fame and the abusive people surrounding her (her parents included) which lead to her early death. Today would have been Amy’s 32nd Birthday. Happy Birthday Amy, here is a portrait for you.
I posted lasts weeks comic on all of my social media, but I forgot to post it here on my site! So if you don’t check my social media here is last weeks comic! On that note, I’m going to take a break from the comic this week. I like supplying laughter on Monday’s, but I feel like the comic is a bit aimless right now. I want to take this week to think about what direction I want to move into with this weekly comic.
I recently finished a self imposed 30 Day Sketch Challenge. The idea was to do one sketch a day, outside of my normal artistic and work activities. It could be simple, uncolored, and in any medium. The purpose was simply to post a sketch to my Instagram every day.
There were two main reasons I wanted to do this challenge. First I want to develop a more disciplined, regular studio practice. Drawing for 30 days would force me to the drawing table, even if I was tired, busy or just not “feeling it”. The second reason was that I wanted to start posting art to social media on a regular basis. I have not been making good use of social media. I have so much art I want to share, but always find an excuse not to post it. With this challenge, even if I didn’t like what I drew I knew I had to post. So it was a great help in getting me over my fear of sharing art.
I started the challenge with a friend. At first we decided that if we skipped a day we’d give the other person 5 bucks. Not posting would have been easy, since the stakes weren’t very high. But once I started posting, and realized people actually wanted to see the sketches, the stakes were way higher! I didn’t care about the monetary loss, I just didn’t want to disappoint anyone by missing a drawing!
If you missed the challenge fear not, you can see them all on my Instragram http://instagram.com/jaymiedylanart.
I’ve also included a few of my favorite sketches here.