Slowly pulling together. . . . it is Slowvember after all.

Here is the latest progress.

I’m learning how to use Affinity Photo at the same time as I’m piecing this one together. I keep sketching in my sketchbook, then snap a photo and upload it, cut, paste and adjust it into place. It’s forcing me to learn the program bit by bit as I have to look up how to everything first.

I’m liking how my scribbles are turning into something understandable. I think I’m going to keep a running list of the items I draw, as I clarify them into detail, so I have my final 50+ “Can you find it?” list when I’m done. Much more refining to go!

More thumbnails and a scribbled composition emerges

So I got an unprecedented 3 hours to work yesterday and the ideas started flowing. I had been looking at Norman Rockwell’s April Fool’s Day paintings to see how to fit 50+ images in my drawing. And ater, yes more thumbnails, a composition began to emerge in all its scribbled glory.

Then I tried my newly acquired digital program (for fun since I have no clue how to use it yet). I was able to scribble out a bit more.

Then, because I’m leaving the thumbnail phase, I began sketching the kids. Just an idea of what they could look like.

Starting to pull together! Now let the drawing and imagining begin!

Slowvember, the slowest of the slow . . .

Ok, it’s not entirely true that I’m just really slow. It’s just that sometimes, after the rounds with kids and homework and housework and bed, there isn’t time (or brain power) for drawing.

So now I’m back at it!

My theme is like a day-in-the-life-of kindof thing – “An afternoon with homeschoolers”. It’s one I don’t really have to research too much on to get the stories, because I was homeschooled, and my kids were homeschooled. So this is basically how our house used to look on a daily basis.

I did, however, research different living room/kitchen photos to help envision the space I wanted to create rather than just using my living room.

I had done all sorts of thumbnails, just to figure out the space I was trying to portray.

Then I did a small thumbnail-ish sketch of how I wanted the room to look, since I had very specific criteria that I wanted to portray in my illustration.

And I turned this into a bit bigger sketch during an art chat with with my 12yo. I was explaining how drawing boxes without a horizonline eventually lands you in trouble (all the while landing in trouble) and making sure perspective is right is crucial in the long run.

Now I’m back at thumbnails to get the perspective/POV I want and structure the composition, although, I might have to take back my drawing table if I want to get anything done.



I felt the relief of drawing something without fur on this one. Ready to move off bears and learn how to draw humans in ink. I’ve drawn over a hundred bears just this month with the Inktober challenge (lots of redraws!).



I received a challenge within the Inktober challege for this prompt. I was challenged to draw a bear skeleton to make sure I really knew how to draw a bear “from the inside out”. That led to this “homeschooler at the museum” idea.