Monday, November 28, 2011

Days 10 - 12

I did three days of this tonight, hoping to catch up a bit.  I was away for Thanksgiving last week, so I do have some excuse.

Oh yes, and I'm afraid I just kind of skipped Day 9, which was supposed to be a favorite TV show.  I don't happen to watch TV, so I had no idea what I could do for it.

Now.  Day 10 - Favorite Candy.

Oh yes.

Snickers are awesome.  Enough said.

Day 11 -Draw a turning point in your life.

I had trouble with this one.  On the one hand, I guess you could say I've had a lot of turning points; and on the other hand I don't seem to be able to find anything particularly prominent.  I think I generally change rather gradually.  I don't have novelistic climaxes.  Yes, I'm boring.
Anyway, so I decided to do a sketch of the Dominican nuns who came and did a presentation at our church and reawakened my thoughts about religious life.  So yes, it's pretty important.

And of course the picture would have to come out looking like a ten-year-old-me drew it.  -_-  But you get the idea.

Day 12  - a recent accomplishment

My most recent accomplishment was finishing French I.  I doubt that you want to see a picture of me taking my final test, though, so I drew the Eiffel Tower instead.  It is one of the best-known symbols of everything French, after all!

30 Day Drawing Challenge at Shealynn's Faerie Shoppe

Friday, November 18, 2011

Day 8

I enjoyed the Day 8 challenge: favorite animated character.

For once, this "favorite" is actually a real favorite.  I admit it, I love Tangled.  It makes me feel immature to say it, but it's...just...good.  It's so sweet and romantic and funny and cool and..... well, I think you get the idea.  Specially since you've probably already seen it.

Colored version is much better, no?

Oh - and here's the colored version of my drawing of Kate Winslow from the Day 7 challenge.  I just used the "doodle" function on Picnik.  It's rather pretty, if I do say so myself. :) 

30 Day Drawing Challenge at Shealynn's Faerie Shoppe

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Day 7

Er....hi.  Remember me?  I'm the one who procrastinates. 

So, today I'm on Day Seven, which is supposed to be my favorite word.  Now, personally, I don't see how you could possibly pick one favorite word.  There are so many beautiful words, especially if you just limit it to English. :)

I picked two words, and once again I cheated by using Picnik.  I honestly tried to write them out by hand, but I have messy handwriting and I got too frustrated. 

My first encompasses every word ever made:

Genius, huh?

"Lovely" is a word that I use very often, if you haven't noticed.

I spent a bit more time on this one, because I wanted it to personify its word.  I made it that sea-green because it's my favorite color, I added flowers because they're very lovely, and I used fleur-de-lis because they're a symbol of Our Lady, who is, of course, loveliness itself.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Day 6

I apologize for getting so behind in this.  I feel really bad....I just haven't gotten around to it, and this weekend will be busy for me, too.

So, anyway, I did get day six [favorite character] done, and it came out pretty well. :) I actually found a character that doesn't have a movie!  Kate Winslow, from the lovely Hollow Kingdom trilogy.

It came out rather well, if I do say so myself. :p 

Now, I can't end this post without mentioning that I KNOW MRS. CLARE DUNKLE, who wrote the trilogy.  I'm very, very proud of that.  And she gave me The Hollow Kingdom when it was first published.  :)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Days 4 & 5

I was so sure that I would post day 4 yesterday....but the challenge is quite hard, and I couldn't make up my mind.

Because I couldn't decide, I'm doing something a little different for Day 4.  (Read: I'm cheating for Day 4.)  My mom suggested that I do a pastel drawing, but I sort of ran out of time.  I may draw one anyway, and post it another day.
There are so many places that I love!  My dad's in the army, so I've been all over...not to brag or anything.  And nearly every single place has something to make me love it.  So, I shall just post some pictures of my favorite places.  (This is also easier for me because I am in no way a landscape artist.)

Photograph by me
1. A book.  Yes, books count as places.  Don't argue with me.  If you're an avid reader, you know that books can take you anywhere, anytime. 
(This photo is supremely ironic, because the book pictured is actually a textbook.  I dislike textbooks, and the only place they take me is...nevermind.)

Google Images - minimally edited with Picnik

2.    A church.  You can't imagine anything more peaceful than making your thanksgiving after Mass, when most of the people have left and you can concentrate on Our Lord right there in the tabernacle.

Google Images - edited with Picnik
3.  The state of Virginia.

via Google Images
4.  Switzerland.  Yes, I have been there. *insert grin of triumph*  It's seriously one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen...I wish I had a photo that we had taken.  Unfortunately when we went I was too small to have my own camera.  Anway, it's lovely.  We camped there multiple times, and it was always my favorite: better than Italy, better than Spain, even better than France.

Well, I think that's enough for Day 4. :p

Now on to Day 5: Best Friend.  I have two best friends, so I drew them both.

I don't know if they'd want their names up, so they shall remain nameless, for now at least.  The one on the left is a beautiful example of a Catholic and is ever so sweet.  The one on the right has put up with me for almost three years now, and we have shared many a problem and *cough* daydream.  She's very patient with my strangeness, and her common sense has often supplemented my lack thereof.

HOPEFULLY I shall see you all tomorrow for Day 6!

30 Day Drawing Challenge at Shealynn's Faerie Shoppe

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Days 2 & 3

Because I missed yesterday's challenge, I'm combining two days in one post.

30 Day Drawing Challenge at Shealynn's Faerie Shoppe

First is Day 2 - a favorite animal.  Shealynn inspired me with her amazing phoenix post to tell a bit about my chosen animal: the unicorn.

Okay, so I did some Picnik editing.  So what, it still counts as art!  And it looks way cooler this way. :)

Unicorns were actually a symbol of evil in olden times.  Yes, I know, I just totally ruined your association of unicorns with pink sparkles and princesses.  I'm sorry.

Did you know that unicorns are mentioned in Scripture?  "Save me from the lion's mouth: and my lowness from the horn of the unicorn." - Ps. 21:17 (That's 22:17 for Protestant and modern Catholic bibles).   
Note: I daresay that the Bible actually meant a different animal - it's not for me to say, but it certainly doesn't mean that we should start believing in unicorns.

 I've also read in various places about the evil unicorns who supposedly were sort of like fierce battle horses.

The famous medieval tapestry depicting a captured unicorn.  I just think it's so cool.

Of course, unicorns symbolize more than just evil.  In medieval heraldry the unicorn actually came to be a religious symbol.  Here's what I found on some random website:
The original tale was that a beautiful maiden representing the Virgin Mary managed to trap a unicorn, whereupon the unicorn became tame and lay its head in her lap.
As the legend grew through reinterpretation, the unicorn was viewed as the Christ or Incarnation and the death of a unicorn as the Passion of Christ. This allowed a pagan symbol to become highly esteemed within the church. In fact, a grouping or herd of unicorns is called a “blessing” of unicorns.
 Now I don't know how true that is, but it's certainly fascinating.  And it is a fact that unicorns were used in heraldry.

Okay, enough about unicorns.  On to the drawing challenge for Day 3: a favorite food.

The above is my Dali-esque rendition of a cup of chocolate-chip-mint ice cream.  Yes, this is my favorite food. I'd eat it all day if I could.  (Oh, and if you're wondering, it's Dali-esque because of the weird lopsidedness of my glass. It was an accident.  And if I've totally lost you, google Salvador Dali.)
Ooh, and guess what? Shealynn did ice cream for hers, too!  But her sundae looks amazing.  Nothing Dali-esque about it. :p

See you tomorrow for Day 4!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

30-Day Drawing Challenge - Day One

So, I probably should have done a sort of "introduction" post for this, but I didn't.  Anyway, Shealynn of the fascinating Shealynn's Fairy Shoppe is doing this really awesome 30-day challenge where you have to draw a certain thing every day of November, and I linked up to it.

30 Day Drawing Challenge at Shealynn's Faerie Shoppe

The first day's challenge is to draw yourself.  (Shealynn had an awesomely-drawn list of the challenges somewhere on her blog, but I can't seem to find it.)

Now, I'm nowhere near as good of an artist as Shealynn is.  I did my best, but my drawing doesn't quite look like me.  And there's something vaguely unproportionate about it.  Oh well.  You will now have an idea of what I look like.  Oh, and by the way, my hair is not usually as tame-looking as it is in this drawing.  Braids for three days really straightens my hair out! :p

My brother says that the face doesn't look quite like me. :)
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