Monday, November 28, 2011

30-Day Drawing Challenge Days 9-12

Hi everyone,

As you can see, this post is slightly (very) belated, haha. I've been pretty busy lately with Thanksgiving and then a few other things, among my writing and drawing: I've got almost all of my Christmas decorations up, been practicing Christmas music for choir, and right now I'm watching the Maureen O'Hara version of "Miracle On 34th Street" with my little sisters.(: And now -- my drawings from days 9-12.

Day 9

Day nine's challenge was to draw your favorite TV show. I have so many! But I was feeling rather uninspired about drawing anything other than an animated show. So I chose one of my favorites -- Growing Up Creepie.(: It's cute, silly, and it's about bugs. What could be better? :P

Day 10

For day ten, I was supposed to draw my favorite candy. I am a huge chocolate lover, and it was really hard to chose my favorite, but I finally settled on Reese's Peanut Butter Cups...they're amaaaaaaazing.(;
Day 11

For day eleven, the challenge was to draw a turning point in my life. This one was too easy! The most recent turning point for me was the transition from homeschooling to college. Going from doing school at home to in the classroom was quite a big difference! The books on the left represent the three classes I took my first quarter; English, psychology, and American history, and then the quote is one of my favorites from Alexander Pope. It reads:

"A little learning is a dangerous thing;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
But drinking largely sobers us again."

Day 12

Day twelve's challenge was to draw a recent achievement. My most recent achievement (at the time) was hitting 25K on my NaNo novel. Now I'm very, very close to hitting the goal of 50K.(:

Well, that's it for today! The rest should be coming soon...especially since there's only two more days left in the challenge!

Have a lovely day!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wishing You All a Blessed Thanksgiving

Hi everyone,

Sorry I haven't been posting at all this week! I fell behind in a few things, and it was important to focus on that.(: But I just wanted to pop in and wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving!

Image from here.

Psalm 100

 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before His presence with singing.

 Know ye that the LORD He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.

 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.

 For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.

Image from here.

I have so much to be thankful for this year, and always. It's important for me to remember, especially when I feel like complaining, how richly God has blessed me and continues to bless me as I go through life. I've learned the importance of keeping family and friends close, and how even the little things in life can be so wonderful. I'm thankful to be an American citizen, and able to enjoy the rights included in our Constitution, especially the first amendment rights, the opportunity for an education, and so much more....

I'm also thankful for all the wonderful foods of thanksgiving....I am so stuffed right now!(; The candied yams were one of my favorite parts of dinner.

Have a happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

30 Day Drawing Challenge -- Days 6-8

Hi everyone,

How has your day been? I find that I've been utterly hopeless with trying to get things done, hahaha. But I'm working on it! I'm all caught up on my drawings now (thank goodness), and I've hit 28,000 words on my NaNo novel (I'm aiming to have written at least 75K by the end of the month). And, on a very positive note, my cold has cleared up just in time for choir practice tonight (I can almost sing).

I meant to post about these yesterday, but by the time I got around to try and take photos, the lighting was absolutely horrid. So I took them today instead!

Day Six

Day six's challenge was to draw a favorite book character, one that they haven't made a movie of. This was an incredibly difficult choice for me, since I love reading, and thus have many favorite characters, and also because many of the books I love most have been made into movies. I settled on Elsie Dinsmore, the heroine of Martha Finley's classic series (the originals, not the adaptations) grandmother got me started reading these when I was little, and I devoured them. Elsie, though she can be a bit of a naive, too-perfect character sometimes, stands for the way every Christian girl and woman should act. And, since Elsie's story takes place in the Victorian era, I decided to make a silhouette (read: I was lazy and wanted something quick). I rather like how it turned out, though!

Day Seven

For day seven, the challenge was to draw a favorite word. That one was hard, since I have so many (like defenestrate or perspicacious), but I finally chose this one:

-noun, pl.-ses
1 the elevation or exaltation of a person to the rank of a god.

2 the ideal example; epitome; quintessence: This poem is the apotheosis of lyric expression.

(definition care of

Day Eight

Finally, day eight's challenge was to draw a favorite animated character. I adore animated movies, especially from Disney and Studio Ghibli, but it didn't take me long to decide that I wanted to draw Belle from Beauty and the Beast.(: The style of this is based on the Art Nouveau style of Alphonse Mucha, one of my absolute favorite artists...who often inspires me in my drawing. I am planning on coloring it, too, it's just that I spent a really long time on this drawing, and so I haven't had time to get to it yet! I added the sepia tint to make it look a bit more interesting(;

Have a lovely day!

Monday, November 14, 2011

30 Day Drawing Challenge -- Days 3-5

Hi everyone,

How was your weekend? I spent mine trying to catch up on my goal of writing 2,000 words a day, getting addicted to the word game WELDER on my iPad, and catching a lovely cold (which really isn't too bad so far, so I should be grateful). Anyway, I feel really bad about not uploading all my drawings! Probably most people think I've given up by now, but I'm still going strong! ^^ My problem is that I try to do a really complex drawing every day, and it ends up taking me FOREVER to finish. So for some of the challenges I try to do simpler ones.

Day Three

Day three's challenge was my favorite food. One of my favorites ever since I was a kid is pancakes, smothered in butter and syrup, and, if I'm lucky, chocolate chips. Mmmm....This is one of my simpler drawings, done in an Artist Trading Card size, which is only a couple inches long. The only thing I don't like is how dark the smoke looks, haha.

Day Four

Day four's challenge was my favorite place. Now, I could have drawn my room, or Disneyland, or all of my other favorite places to visit, buuuuuuut, my absolute favorite place of all is Narnia, and all the other worlds that my favorite authors have created. Book worlds are the best, because they can transport you to these worlds, away from the cares and worries of everyday life (I wrote an essay on this for my GED, actually!). I do need to go back and fix that girl's hair, though -- something's off about it!

And here's a tiny Mr. Tumnus:

Day Five

For day five, I had to draw my best friend. I never liked choosing one friend to call my "best" friend, because of all of my friends are equally I just chose one of my friends that I hadn't drawn yet.(; I really love how it turned out, because for once, I've been able to draw a portrait that actually resembles the person I was attempting to draw -- my family knew immediately who it was. It's also a less stylized portrait than I usually draw, so that may also be why.

Well, that's all for today! I should be back soon with more photos of my other endeavors in drawing!

Have a lovely day!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fall Fashion Challenge -- Day 5

Hi everyone,

How has your day been going? I've been working on cleaning and studying for most of the day -- fun, fun!

Today's challenge was polka dots! I must say, I like polka dots, but I don't own many pieces of clothing with them, and all of them are very summery. I tried to make them a little more fall-ish, but that didn't turn out so well, haha. So I settled on my polka dot tights! I actually am very happy with how they look with this outfit.

Outfit Details: Sweater Dress: Macy's, Tights: Claire's, Earrings: Claire's Bracelets: Made by my sister and me, Boots: Target

Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fall Fashion Challenge -- Day 4

Hi everyone,

This is something that very rarely occurs -- two posts in one day!(; Anyway, today's challenge for the Fall Fashion week is to create an outfit inspired by your favorite era. I'm not sure where exactly you would put my outfit...perhaps in the 1930s?

I really adore this outfit, but there is just one problem -- I don't know when I would have a chance to wear it! It's so fancy! Maybe it could work as a Christmas outfit...or New Year's!

Outfit Details:
Velvet Dress: Gifted, Black Gloves: Windsor, Lace Top: Thrifted, Tights: Fred Meyer, Shoes: Gifted, Clutch: Was my Grandmother's, Ring: Gifted

Have a lovely day!

Fall Fashion Challenge -- Day 3

Hi everyone,

This is a slightly belated post, mainly because I've been pretty lazy over the past couple days, hehe. Now I have to kick myself back into shape...I have a ton of things that I need to get done today!

Anyway, the challenge for day 3 of the Fall Fashion week was to wear bold/patterned tights. This was an easy one for me -- I have so many fun tights! I just bought these ones a few weeks ago and I love them!

i picked up the blouse at Goodwill awhile back for a couple dollars, and refashioned it -- I took in the sides, fixed the armholes, made the sleeves smaller, and then added the tie. I think it turned out pretty cute!

Outfit Details:
Blouse: Refashioned, Skirt: Thrifted, Tights: Fred Meyer, Shoes: Gifted

Have a lovely day!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Fall Fashion Challenge - Day 2

Hi everyone,

I hope you all are having a lovely day! It looks like it's going to be nice here, so I've got my fingers crossed that it'll be sunny.(:

Anyway, here's my outfit for day 2 of the Fall Fashion Challenge!

Today's challenge was to combine two colors that don't usually go I did black and brown, my ultimate taboo! For all my life, my mother has taught me to never mix the two colors. BUT -- there are some cases (some) where it looks ok! Like this outfit, where I think it turned out pretty cute...a light brown hat with black (I was scared to do anything further! Baby steps!).

What do you think? It kinda reminds me of the 1920s with the hat! So, of course, I had to to a vintage-inspired shot!

Outfit Details:
Brown Hat: Thrifted, Black Lacy Tank Top: Gifted, Vest: JC Penny's, Cardigan: Thrifted, Belt: Thrifted, Lace-up Boots: Target

I hope you're having a lovely day!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fall Fashion Challenge - Day 1

Hi everyone,

How has your weekend been? MIne has been crazy busy, but pretty fun too. I got myself caught up on my writing (hit the 15K mark!) and drawing, and I started a major cleaning spree in my bedroom. So there should be some drawing posts as soon as I remember to take some pictures.(:

Anyway! Ashley of Bramblewood Fashion is hosting a Fall Fashion Challenge, and I thought it would be fun to participate, for as many days as I can anyway!

There's actually a kind of funny story behind this oufit post...I wanted to take all the pictures on the patio, but when we got there, we ran into a problem. A very wet problem. By our pond we have a "scarecrow" which is supposed to deter any cats or raccoons who feel like a fishy snack, and when it detects motion, it sprays water! Today, it hadn't been turned off, and as soon as I went to the patio -- I was bombarded by water! My whole back and side got wet with very cold water.

So I tried a new spot.(:

I sewed this maxi skirt for my Halloween costume (I'll show you the pictures soon!), but I plan on wearing it for many other occasions! I like the color and its versatility -- so many possible combinations!.

Outfit Details:
Maxi skirt: made by me, Cardigan: Old Navy, Scarf: Also Old Navy, Boots: Thrifted

Have a lovely day!

Friday, November 4, 2011

30-Day Drawing Challenge Day 2

Hi everyone,

Sorry for not posting for the past few days...on Wednesday I was sick all day with a nasty migraine/stomach thing that refused to go away. I still did my writing for NaNo, but didn't get very far on my drawing for the day. Then on Thursday I had to get all caught up! But I'm getting back on track, starting with my drawing for day 2 of the 30 day drawing challenge.

The subject is my favorite animal. And I always take forever on these "favorites" -- favorite food, favorite drink, favorite book, favorite song -- with so many that I love, how can I pick just one? This one was slightly easier, though. For many years now, my favorite animal has been the wolf. I think ever since I read David Edding's Belgariad, when I was maybe ten. Then I read "The Sight," by David Clement-Davies, and I loved them even more! They're beautiful, beautiful creatures, and I love their expressive eyes...

This is the first time I ever attempted to draw a wolf (so that accounts for the slightly skewed proportions), and I used this tutorial to help me out. I may try drawing more after this!

Have a lovely day! I should hopefully be back later with my drawing for day three -- my favorite food.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

30-Day Drawing Challenge -- Day 1

Hi everyone,

Sorry about my recent lack of posting! I've been pretty busy lately (babysitting, crafting...LOTS of crafting), and I haven't really set aside any time for blogging. But this month you'll be seeing quite a lot of me. But my posts will probably be pretty short. I'm undertaking two major challenges this month: 1) National Novel Writing Month (where the goal is to write 50,000 words in a month), 2) Shaylynn's 30-day drawing challenge. I'm super excited!

Anyway, the first challenge was a self-portrait. I'm pretty satisfied with this one, though it's nowhere near perfect! I really like the eyes (probably the most realistic ones I've drawn), but I made the nose a lot smaller than my actual nose (which is rather large and protruding).

What do you think?(:

Well, I'll be back tomorrow with "What I Love Wednesday" and the next drawing -- my favorite animal!