I did it! I completed the 30-Day Drawing Challenge. Every day during the month of June, I drew one of the prompts on the list. On most nights I waited until the last minute to draw something, but I was always glad I took the time for it (even at the expense of sleep).
A friend of mine suggested using the prompts for writing exercises. While I included a few sentences when I uploaded the drawings to Instagram, I’ll explain a bit more as I recap the drawings from each week.
Here’s week 2!
Day 8: Favorite Animated Character – Jessica Rabbit
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? came out when I was just five years old. My father took me to see it, and it was with great delight that I recognized many of the character cameos. (Dad made sure my cinematic and animation education started early.) I was smitten with Jessica Rabbit, and watched her predecessor, Red Hot Riding Hood, over and over on VHS. Even as a child, Jessica Rabbit stood out to me. The way she commanded a room, the way she took matters into her own hands, the way she loved her husband because he made her laugh. Looks can be deceiving – she’s not bad, she’s just drawn that way.
Day 9: Favorite TV Show – RuPaul’s Drag Race
This one was tough. I debated choosing an old favorite, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or The X-Files, or an older favorite like She-Ra: Princess of Power. But I had to narrow it down. I don’t watch much TV anymore, but my current favorite show is Drag Race. The combination of creativity, deeper issues, and catty remarks makes for great TV. And RuPaul, of course. Ru is a life coach diva in disguise, and always fabulous. I watch it, live-tweet it, and even went to see some of the queens perform live. My plan was to draw all of my favorites, but after three I was tired, so I left it at Latrice Royale, Jinkx Monsoon, and Manila Luzon. I’ll color it once I can decide which medium to use.
Day 10: Favorite Candy – Chocolate chip cookies
I’m a rebel. I don’t eat a lot of candy anymore and don’t have a favorite, but I love chocolate chip cookies. I thought they would be a challenge to draw, and this whole thing is about challenging myself. Combo of ink pen and pencil.
Day 11: Turning point in your life – Meeting BF
We met on a NYC subway train during the spring of 2000, in a move coordinated by our best friends (who were dating at the time). I still remember what we were wearing when we first met. My life was on a much different path before I met him, and I’m happy where I am now. I’ve had some big turning points but this was probably one of the biggest.
Day 12: Most recent accomplishment – Change
This drawing was an exercise in gratitude. I was having a rough day, and didn’t know what to draw. On reflection, I was reminded that I had a lot of be grateful for, and I wrote this:
3 months ago made a decision to change how I was going about my life. I gave up some time-wasting habits (iPad games, binge-reading historical romance novels, channel surfing) and recommitted to working on myself. I started meditating and journaling again. I started a blog. I did a massive spring cleaning and got rid of clothes, books, and household items. I stopped drinking alcohol. Working on myself became my hobby.
“If you want something in your life, make room for it.” I made the room and everything is falling effortlessly into place. Job opportunities appeared everywhere. I’m having a great time, using my skills and talents, feeling appreciated and learning so much. I have a lot of jobs, but I also get to do a lot of cool, fun things. So utterly grateful.
Day 13: Comic – Calvin and Hobbes
Lots of choices for this one, but I went with an old favorite. I also wanted to use a different drawing style, and this is one I’m less comfortable with.
Day 14: Favorite Fairy Tale – East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon
A lot of fairy tales are kind of creepy if you think about them too much, and this one is no exception. Still, I don’t care. I’ve read some beautifully done retellings of this story, but the one that introduced it to me was the picture book adapted and illustrated by P.J. Lynch. (Props to my mom for bringing it home from her school’s library!)