I’ve finished the challenge! I’m so proud of myself. I’ve never completed an art challenge before. I usual drop it by day 10 or so, but this time I did all 29 faces. One for each day of the month and one extra. Here are what I think are the best of the drawings I did for days 20 – 29. The last image is a portrait of Edgar Allan Poe I made for an ATC trade.
Thanks to all the challenge participants who came by to check out my work. And thanks to all of you new followers out there. It’s so cool to know that people are actually seeing my work! Soon I’ll post a collage of all the faces I made for the challenge: the good, the bad, and the ugly!
The other day I whining about how little progress I thought I had made over the last couple of years. I’d been sick with a cold and generally whinging about everything I could think of. Last night, since I felt better I got out my sketchbook to do more practice drew this drawing of actor Martin Freeman. I remembered that I had done a drawing of Freeman in 2008 posted it here on the blog. Wow, what a difference. When I look back at that post, I realize that I have made progress with my drawing.
I tend to forget that with every drawing we make, there is progress. So I plan to fill more sketchbook pages and not worry about progressing with drawing. I’ve had enough experience to know that if I just keep going there will be bad drawings, but there will also be some good ones and eventually the good ones will get even bettter.
Bessie Coleman (1892 – 1926) was the first woman to earn an International Aviation License and the first African-American licensed pilot.
Born in Texas, Bessie was the 10th of 13 children. Unhappy with small town life in Texas, she moved to Chicago in 1915 to join her brother and make a life for herself. She learned the beautician’s trade, but what she really wanted to do was be a flier.
Being a woman, and black, she couldn’t find anyone who would teach her fly. On the advice of a friend she decided to go to France and learn to fly there. She saved and raised money, learned some French, and arrived in France in 1920. She received her aviation license in 1921.
After earning her license, Bessie made her living as an exhibition flier, occasional parachutist, and lecturer. Unfortunately her life was cut short by a crash during a test flight in 1926.
You can get a better idea of Ms. Coleman’s struggles, achievements, and her legend by reading her bio on BessieColeman.com.
Last month one of my card trading pals, Coop, recruited me for a mail art project he has going. He is collecting images of the Frankenstein monster in all styles and media. I finally got around to making his card on Day 19. I wanted to capture the sadness and loneliness of the monster.
Mr. Coop has started a new blog, A Patchwork of Flesh to document his project. If you are a fan of Frankenstein, definitely check it out. Frank is drawn, painted, collaged, felted and cross-stitched. There are some great children’s drawings featured too.