On Sunday, I broke the month long silence and told you what was up. Today, we’re going to continue on, since I have much more to say about the second half of the challenge.
From Day 15 onward, the challenge took a turn. We were no long warming up: we were getting real.
Day 16 – Scribblenauts
For this challenge, you have to draw a scribble, and use that scribble to form a tangible drawing. Mine looked like the dummy from Undertale wearing a grass skirt.
8-bit characters look very different when drawn with solid lines. This drawing was finished by 2:00 pm, making it the earliest completed challenge to date. Which is good, because it meant having a lot of time in the evening to sit with Top Hat and chat about life. You know, changing the art style isn’t the only way to make something different. Maybe it’s just drawn in a different setting, like in a meadow, or another place that is free of stress. Or maybe it just looks different, like when you draw an American cartoon character in anime style. Or maybe you just get to know it on a more personal level, like when you finish a series finale, and then relive the series again starting from episode 1. Back when you first started, who knew that you’d grow attached to the characters, or that you’d come to identify with them on such a level?
Okay, enough pseudo-poetry.
Day 17 – Pixel art
After waking up to a new beginning, it was time to tackle the next project: pixel art! After studying game development for so many years, you’d think this was a no brainer for me.
Quite the opposite, actually. The better you get at something, the more critical you become of yourself. Why do you think it takes so long for new plushies to appear? You end up starting new shapes, only to rip them out and start over, and so on so forth. I intended to draw something cool, but it wasn’t working, and I got frustrated. Top Hat suggested drawing a cat. And why not, after being surrounded by cats for two days straight.
It’s a calico cat. This challenge would make an excellent graph for a pixel blanket. This project was created by Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me, and was featured on Moogly’s Facebook page, and it was just too cute! Now, if only I could find the patience and motivation to make all those squares. I’d really like a Majora’s Mask throw, just to decorate my bed. (That Harry Potter blanket is ancient, and getting a little stale)
Did you know there was a time, when good yarn was only $2.59 a skein?! At least, according to the labels in Mother Top Hat’s stash. I now possess a skein of black yarn, which will be useful for finer embroidery. It could also be useful to make a new mini shrug. (I’ve underestimated how much I’ve grown since high school) If this kitty was covered in more, darker spots, it could almost look like Cheery the cat.
Day 18 – Rocks and Trees and Trees and Rocks and Rocks and Trees and Trees and Rocks
That’s what we have, here in Canada. Oh, and those horrible flying monkeys from Wizard of Oz, that we refer to as our geese. Thankfully, there were none of those this time around.
This was a bittersweet day, because it meant having to leave Top Hat and come home. Sigh. But hopefully there will be many more times together.
This challenge was inspired by a picture I took at Rock Dunder. It encompasses the best that Canada has to offer, in terms of rocks and trees and trees and rocks, and rocks and trees and trees and rocks, and rocks and trees and trees and rocks, and rocks and trees and trees and rocks, and waterrrr~
I’m okay with how the rocks turned out, but hesitated too much with the colour in the trees. As usual, photos and drawings don’t do the scenery justice.
Day 19 – Still life
Remember when you took an art class, and the teacher made you draw a bowl of fruit? That’s what this challenge was about. I drew yarn. Incidentally, out of all the 30 day submissions, this one received the most +favs. It is now the featured deviation on my deviantART.
Day 20 – 22: Fun with Markers
Time to bust out the traditional art tools! Although day 20 was drawn digitally, these three days could be considered the minimalist days. Calligraphy challenges remind me of the time we went to the kitty cafe, and Kitty commented on how the cashier/barista had really sexy handwriting.
Day 20’s challenge was to design a tattoo. These words have significance to me, and they’re words that one should always remember. Ever heard the song, No one Likes you when you’re 23? Well, as a matter of fact… I started this blog at age 23. That was two years ago. Back then, this blog was all I had. And right now, I’m working a crummy job, saving money to go back to college, making crafts, and an old friend has become my sweet, supportive boyfriend. I’m okay. And if I can be okay, you will be okay, too.
Day 21 was a calligraphy challenge. But let’s be real, it was a continuation of yesterday’s challenge. I reused the “swoop,” which looks a lot better when you use the shaped calligraphy brush. These look like simple words, but in truth, it took several tries to get the words aligned just right. The finished product is now plastered on my door. This way, the words can be seen every day, every morning when leaving the room to face the world, and every evening when lying in bed and pondering life.
Finally, we just draw stuff with markers. I was going for a flower or something, but it ended up as this butterfly-like abomination. I call it, “Queen Jellyfish.”
Day 23 – Brained Food
“Bring your favourite food to life,” they said.
With the cold weather coming on, there’s nothing more satisfying than a hot bowl of creamy chicken soup. But why stop there? How about some dumplings?
I drew some friends as dumplings. I’m in the very center, and Top Hat is beside me with the carrot top hat. Shoonie is below, though I forgot to add a handle to the celery shoon. Tabbs is the big one, next to the mini kitten dumpling. And of course, Kitty and Bear are at the top, with a hearty (pun intended) carrot. The others are Cassie, Huggie Buddy, Alburr, and Ginger. Ginger has carrot hair. I ran out of space to include Nerdbra, Lawraffe, and Melon. Hopefully they can appear in another post. :O
For those girls who say they only hang out with guys, because girls cause too much drama: well, maybe you just need to find more girls like my girls.
Yikes, this post got long. We’ll have to make this a three-parter!
Are you eager to see the conclusion to this challenge? Are you just eager, because once the challenge is over, it will mean back to plushies? Comment below!
Pika, so happy~