Oct 28, 2015

Draw with me, err, with Lori Danelle!

Where did October go? It seems like yesterday the month began and I was anticipating my nearing due date. Which was then followed by the longest week of my life when said due date came and went. But now here I am with a 2.5 week old baby boy! Sheesh!

All that good stuff and I'm close to actually finishing a project I started!

october sketch-a-day with @lesleyzellers

Woohoo for seeing something to the end. I'm high fiving myself because if you know me well, you know I start a LOT of things but rarely finish them. So I'm really proud that I've kept up with my October sketch-a-day challenge.

What started as a simple way to challenge myself to draw more, you can see the post here, ended up being so much more. I found an amazing little community of artists wanting to try to challenge themselves too. This little instagram community has grown into a supportive and encouraging place for artists of all walks and experience levels. Some tried sketching for the first time while others sharpened their already amazing skills.

It's been such a blessing and I'm so thankful and really humbled to be part of such a fun thing on instagram so THANKYOU to everyone that joined in the challenge - one sketch or every single day, over 700 sketches to date! You rock.

And while I'd love to continue next month, adjusting to life with a newborn and family of five needs a bit more of my attention. So, even though it is hard to step away, I'm leaving you in great hands! The sketch-a-day challenge will continue next month and my super talented friend, Lori Danelle, of Home Again Creative will be hosting you through November!!!

You can find her on instagram, @homeagaincreative, or online, homeagaincreative.com. She will be posting the prompts for November so make sure you check her out.

I will be sketching when I can and I'm really excited to challenge myself further. Lori will be posting a new hashtag unique to the November challenge so make sure you use it but feel free to use my #sketchadaywithlrz to include your drawings in the original feed if you want to keep them all together.

My Boy is Here!!!

I'm a little late in posting this and will be sharing more later, but since we've had our guy with our family for two weeks now, I figured I better share a quick update.

More on his birth story later but he was born a week late and healthy as can be at 7 lbs 4 oz and 19.5" long.

birth day

We are totally smitten with him and soaking up all the newborn goodness.

looking a bit like his sisters when they were newborns

boy clothes and accessories are fun - 2 weeks

Thank you all for your prayers and support while we were waiting for him to arrive! We are so happy and so blessed.

Oct 3, 2015

Draw with Me!

A couple of days ago I shared a fun little sketching challenge for the month of October on instagram.

october sketch-a-day with @lesleyzellers

Sometimes I get in a rut creatively and need a spark and since fall is my second favorite season (after spring) I decided to challenge myself to sketching something every day for one month. And since my shop is on vacation while I wait for my third baby to arrive so I figured the timing couldn't be better - other than having a baby at some point in the month.

I wrote up a quick list of daily prompts to make it easy on myself. Each day has a word. Each day something different to draw.

I shared my list on instagram inviting others to join in the fun. In part because I need the accountability and in part because a lot of people ask how to get started drawing or lettering and I thought it would be a good nudge to get people to just start!

You can join in too and share your daily sketches with the hashtag #sketchadaywithLRZ

Here's the list for the month:
  1. leaves
  2. pie
  3. "fall y'all"
  4. acorns
  5. sunflower
  6. fair
  7. campfire
  8. plaid
  9. hay
  10. boots
  11. football
  12. apples
  13. "warm & cozy"
  14. owl
  15. umbrella
  16. barn
  17. "old truck"
  18. corn
  19. pinecone
  20. berries
  21. "sweater weather"
  22. blanket
  23. antlers/deer
  24. candy
  25. cat
  26. hot cocoa
  27. spider
  28. "spooky"
  29. pumpkin
  30. bat
  31. "trick or treat"
If you want to print a list for easy reference, I made a little square sheet that you can download here.

Last but not least! I turned my day 3 sketch, "it's fall y'all," into a printable for you to color!

its fall yall

Here's the link for the free download: it's fall y'all. I'd love to see how you color it so make sure you tag me (@lesleyzellers) if you end up posting it on instagram!!!

I'm also going to attempt to keep all my sketches updated on my flickr album "october sketch-a-day." Lofty goals. Lofty. Goals.