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Daily Drawing Complete!

Hi there. How are you?

My Creativebug 31 days of drawing challenge is complete! It was a great experience and I'm proud of the work I created.  Click HERE to see the first 12 days of drawings. Here's what I've drawn since I last posted:


Daily Drawing Challenge, Day 13-20, January 2016

Daily Drawing Challenge, Day 13-20, January 2016

January Daily Drawings - Days 21-26

January Daily Drawings - Days 21-26

January 2016 - Daily Drawings days 27-31.

January 2016 - Daily Drawings days 27-31.

So, I decided to make the Day 29 drawing the large one in this vignette, as I like it much better than day 31. I didn't have a whole lot of time to draw those phones, and it's not my most successful drawing. At least I still did the drawing, right?

What's Next?

I woke up on February 1st feeling a little bit of a letdown. With January's drawing challenge complete, I just didn't know quite what to do with myself!

There are actually 2 different February drawing challenges out there and I was planning on taking part in one or both. I sat down to draw yesterday and was just not enthused about either course. I guess I'm getting a little tired of someone else telling me what to do (although that was quite comforting over the last month. ) 

I've got my own subjects to tackle and I'm ready to get cracking on these! I want to do a special drawing so send out to my mailing list later this month. I want to draw wine and coffee illustrations to complement my beer tea towel design. I want to finish up my second coloring book.

I'm not going to give up the practice of drawing each day, and posting them on Instagram, but I'm going to draw what I want to. If the prompt in one of the daily challenges seems appealing, I'll draw it, but I won't feel beholden to the draw what's been prescribed for today.

That's all for today!

Ciao friends. I have to go draw. See you here next week! Like to see what I'm up to in the studio on a daily basis? Follow me on Instagram.



Daily Drawing Challenge and A Belated Happy New Year to You!

Happy New Year!

Yes, I know it's almost the end of January, but 2016 has been slow going for me. I'm finally getting into the swing of things, and now I am ready to kick some 2016 a$$!

I'm taking part in the Creative Bug 31 Days of Drawing during January 2016. Click to see all of my daily drawings.

I'm taking part in the Creative Bug 31 Days of Drawing during January 2016. Click to see all of my daily drawings.

Daily Drawing Challenge 2016

To kick-start my creative practice in 2016, I'm taking part in a daily drawing challenge, organized by Lisa Congdon, one of my artist heroes. Each day in January, she has selected a different subject to draw. It's been awesome to have someone tell me what to do, and I look forward to drawing each day!

But Sometimes It's a Challenge

Some of the subjects we've drawn this month have been totally in my wheelhouse. Drawing these root vegetables was a breeze. Other subjects, like watches and cats, were outside of my comfort zone and I had to really push myself to do the drawings. Even if I'd have varying degrees of success with these daily drawings, I've learned and grown much.

Daily Drawing Challenge - Days 7-12, January 2016

Daily Drawing Challenge - Days 7-12, January 2016

Follow Along on Instagram

I've been documenting each of my drawings on Instagram. I invite you to follow me there. It's been fun to see how other artists have approached the same subject matter. I'm learning as much from my fellow artists as I am from doing the drawings myself!

That's all for Now

I've got lots of big plans for 2016. Check back soon to see what I've got brewing. Ciao!

Back to the Book

Hi there. How are you?

My sketchbook has again been calling my name and I've been spending time with it every day. I pulled out an old sketchbook with 8.5" x 11" pages, which allows me more room to play than my usual 3.5" x 5.5" sized Moleskine does.

My Current Sketchbooks

My current drawings have been a little bit looser than usual and I have been drawn to pattern making. Making these drawings is relaxing, almost meditative for me. I don't know where I'm headed with these drawings, but I do know that I'm having fun making them. And at this point, that's all I'm concerned with.

If art isn't fun, why make it?

I'm just allowing myself to create without any pressure to make sale-able objects. I know that I am lucky to be in this situation, that I'm not forced to sell or make money with my art at the moment. All I'm trying to do right now is enjoy the artmaking process, which I'd sort of lost lately. Read more about that here.

Sketchbook drawing of Jennifer Johansson
Sketchbook doodle by Jennifer Johansson

My favorite pen these days is a Pilot G-2 (seen in this picture right above.) It is oh so silky on the page. Though not quite as precise as a ballpoint pen or a Micron, which I've used much of over the years, I really like the way the Pilot feels as I draw and the lines that it makes.

Sketchbook drawing by Jennifer Johansson

I realize that my art practice has very much been inconsistent.  One day I'm making mixed-media bird illustrations, then next I'm painting, and now I'm drawing patterns. Some will no doubt see this as a fault. I see it as a journey. I'm taking steps to recapture my joy for making, and it's going to take some time to find my way.

Thank you for following my along on my journey friends. I hope that you enjoy this glimpse into my life as a creative. If you'd like to see what I'm up to on a daily basis, do follow me on Instagram. I've been trying to post a new drawing every day.

Ta-Ta for now. Jen