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#AtoZChallenge Art Sketching Through the Alphabet Reflections

A word to the A2Z Team…

Before I get started, let me say one thing. Many people didn’t like that there was no linky and felt lost doing so in comments. I was right there with them but I did not allow that to get in the way. I did what I could and maintained a routine of visiting a few before or after me (if interested) and made sure to revisit all those who visited me. This kept me plenty busy.

Here’s a tip for the A2Z team, instead of one big linky like you’ve done for years until now, you may want to consider having a similar link up for each alphabet prompt with theme code key. I think this will help others to not only see who actually is playing along each day but it offers a clear idea to the players of what each blogger is blogging about in the challenge. This is myΒ suggestion to you and regardless of what you choose to do next year, I plan to join the fun. πŸ˜‰

My A to Z Reflections

It all began in February when I started thinking about the April challenge. At first, I thought I’d continue with last year’s theme on All Things Vintage but my heart just wasn’t into it and I began to second guess joining this round.Β  But, then just like that, an idea sparked my enthusiasm to make the journey through the alphabet with art sketching as my theme.

My plan

With my theme in mind, I began my illustrations immediately. I didn’t want my art sketches to appear like a drawing class. I’m neither qualified or skilled to do that sort of thing. I decided to share my finished inspired illustrations for each daily alpha-prompt offering reference sites or images for others. My artwork included people, animals, and things. Whatever moved me, I sketched it.

Sketching new pictures each day didn’t need any motivation, I became enthralled with my project completely all 26 letters in the alphabet before April 1st with images uploaded and posts created, an accomplishment I’m proudly achieved in my 4th year of the A to Z Challenge for the first time.

 

What I learned

Following the step-by-step instructions, I felt like a diamond in the rough and the potential I had only needed polishing. Why I couldn’t see this in me years ago is beyond me but I honestly believed it had everything to do with low self-esteem.Β  Luckily, DH brings out the best in me and over the years I’ve gone to that girl with no confidence to a girl who can go anything! Isn’t it amazing what you can do when you believe in yourself?

Future goals

Every day of the challenge I saw the possibilities of where my new art passion can lead.Β  One thing I hope to do is to finish a children’s story inspired by my late brother when he was a little boy and to complete the story with my illustrations.Β  I shelved the idea years ago because it needed pictures and I didn’t feel comfortable to draw them. Pushing myself to sketch for the A to Z Challenge gave me the confidence needed and I’m ready to step my game up.

 

Conclusion

I have plans to continue drawing and experimenting various techniques and mediums. The free resources available online to learn how to draw is amazing.Β  I will share the good and not-so-good with you.Β  This will be an experience we can share together because if it weren’t for you folks and DH then I don’t know if I’d be taking this bold step. Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, I’ll see you in 2018 for the April A to Z Challenge! πŸ˜‰

Did you follow my month-long art sketching journey?Β  Any last suggestions for my next sketch project?

 

Leave your signature (include your theme, too) in comments for easy follow-up and I invite you to check out any or all of my A2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet posts:

  1. β€œA” for Angels
  2. β€œB” for Boys, little
  3. β€œC” is for Cows, Chicken & Chicks, and Big Cats
  4. β€œD” for Dog
  5. β€œE” is for Elephant, Eagle, & Elk
  6. β€œF” is for Fence, Fox, & Frog
  7. β€œG” is for Girls
  8. β€œH” is for Horses
  9. β€œI” is for Iris
  10. β€œJ” is for Jack & Jill
  11. β€œK” is for Kanga & Roo
  12. β€œL” is for Lighthouse
  13. “M” is for Mermaids
  14. “N” is for Nightingale
  15. “O” is for Owl
  16. “P” is for Princess & Prince
  17. “Q” is for Queen (Evil)
  18. “R” is for Rabbit & Roadrunner
  19. “S” is for Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
  20. “T” is for Treehouse
  21. “U” is for Unicorn
  22. “V” is for Violin & Victorian Women
  23. “W” is for Walking Dead & Waves
  24. “X” is for X-ray & Xena
  25. “Y” is for Yawn
  26. “Z” is for Zebras

 

 


I won’t leave you, heartbroken Kittens & Dawgs, you’ll find more of my artwork on Curious as a Cathy soon! πŸ˜‰Β  I hope to see you on the dance floor (theme: Singers/Mewsicians celebrating birthdays on this day) for Monday Mewsic Moves Me!

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#AprilA2Z Art Sketching through the Alphabet “Z”

Hello, Kitten & Dawgs, every time I think of the letter “Z”, I think of fruit stripe gum. Do you remember it? Wrigley’s used a multi-color zebra for the gums branding.Β  It was a clever and fun idea.Β  Kids loved it!Β  I decided to draw zebra for today’s prompt but wind up doing two.

Hopefully, what I share with you every day will encourage you to do something that interests you that you’ve long put off because like me you just don’t think you can. My advice is, just do it! Maybe, you’ll be surprised. I know I was! πŸ™‚

It’s not only the weekend but it’s Sunday, so I’m zipping over to join the A2Z party and then I’m zinging outta Blogosphere. I’ll be by tomorrow to check out yours and other “Z” posts.Β  You’re invited back tomorrow for a double dose of mewsic with Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me and Battle of the Bands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet post recap:

  1. β€œA” for Angels
  2. β€œB” for Boys, little
  3. β€œC” is for Cows, Chicken & Chicks, and Big Cats
  4. β€œD” for Dog
  5. β€œE” is for Elephant, Eagle, & Elk
  6. β€œF” is for Fence, Fox, & Frog
  7. β€œG” is for Girls
  8. β€œH” is for Horses
  9. β€œI” is for Iris
  10. β€œJ” is for Jack & Jill
  11. β€œK” is for Kanga & Roo
  12. β€œL” is for Lighthouse
  13. “M” is for Mermaids
  14. “N” is for Nightingale
  15. “O” is for Owl
  16. “P” is for Princess & Prince
  17. “Q” is for Queen (Evil)
  18. “R” is for Rabbit & Roadrunner
  19. “S” is for Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
  20. “T” is for Treehouse
  21. “U” is for Unicorn
  22. “V” is for Violin & Victorian Women
  23. “W” is for Walking Dead & Waves
  24. “X” is for X-ray & Xena
  25. “Y” is for Yawn

 


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#AprilA2Z Art Sketching through the Alphabet “Y”

Hello, Kitten & Dawgs, these last few letters in the alphabet tested my thinker and that’s not a yarn but I came up with an excellent subject for the letter “Y”. Yahoo! No, No, I’m not going to doodle a Yahoo log for you. I give you a YAWN…a baby yawn!

Yawning babies are so cute.

Too bad youngins grow up and get all yackety-yak talkin’ back at ya makin’ ya yelp. πŸ™‚

Hopefully, what I share with you every day will encourage you to do something that interests you that you’ve long put off because like me you just don’t think you can. My advice is, just do it! Maybe, you’ll be surprised. I know I was! πŸ™‚

I’m heading off to link up with other fellow AtoZers and you’re invited to come along.Β  I’ll see you on tomorrow for the next installment of Art Sketching through the Alphabet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet post recap:

  1. β€œA” for Angels
  2. β€œB” for Boys, little
  3. β€œC” is for Cows, Chicken & Chicks, and Big Cats
  4. β€œD” for Dog
  5. β€œE” is for Elephant, Eagle, & Elk
  6. β€œF” is for Fence, Fox, & Frog
  7. β€œG” is for Girls
  8. β€œH” is for Horses
  9. β€œI” is for Iris
  10. β€œJ” is for Jack & Jill
  11. β€œK” is for Kanga & Roo
  12. β€œL” is for Lighthouse
  13. “M” is for Mermaids
  14. “N” is for Nightingale
  15. “O” is for Owl
  16. “P” is for Princess & Prince
  17. “Q” is for Queen (Evil)
  18. “R” is for Rabbit & Roadrunner
  19. “S” is for Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
  20. “T” is for Treehouse
  21. “U” is for Unicorn
  22. “V” is for Violin & Victorian Women
  23. “W” is for Walking Dead & Waves
  24. “X” is for X-ray & Xena

 


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#AprilA2Z Art Sketching through the Alphabet “X”

Hello, Kitten & Dawgs, today’s letter “X’ prompt leaves one’s imagination a bit stretched. The obvious first choice was…

After I sketched the cartoon girl holding the x-ray film, I thought it was cute but I wanted to draw something a little more of a challenge. After scrolling through some possible Google hits for “X” things I came across….

Why did I not think of Xena before? *smack forehead* My girls used to like watching the Xena TV show when they were younger.Β  I think my Xena is prettier and more feminine looking than Lucy Lawless.Β  What do you think?

It’s not that Lucy isn’t pretty, she was especially pretty in those early years as Xena. I could be a bit bias toward my Xena. What do you think? πŸ™‚

 

Hopefully, what I share with you every day will encourage you to do something that interests you that you’ve long put off because like me you just don’t think you can. My advice is, just do it! Maybe, you’ll be surprised. I know I was! πŸ™‚

I’m heading off to link up with other fellow AtoZers and you’re invited to come along.Β  I’ll see you on tomorrow for the next installment of Art Sketching through the Alphabet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet post recap:

  1. β€œA” for Angels
  2. β€œB” for Boys, little
  3. β€œC” is for Cows, Chicken & Chicks, and Big Cats
  4. β€œD” for Dog
  5. β€œE” is for Elephant, Eagle, & Elk
  6. β€œF” is for Fence, Fox, & Frog
  7. β€œG” is for Girls
  8. β€œH” is for Horses
  9. β€œI” is for Iris
  10. β€œJ” is for Jack & Jill
  11. β€œK” is for Kanga & Roo
  12. β€œL” is for Lighthouse
  13. “M” is for Mermaids
  14. “N” is for Nightingale
  15. “O” is for Owl
  16. “P” is for Princess & Prince
  17. “Q” is for Queen (Evil)
  18. “R” is for Rabbit & Roadrunner
  19. “S” is for Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
  20. “T” is for Treehouse
  21. “U” is for Unicorn
  22. “V” is for Violin & Victorian Women
  23. “W” is for Walking Dead & Waves

 


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#AprilA2Z Art Sketching through the Alphabet “W”

Hello, Kitten & Dawgs, during DH’s period of unemployment we got hooked on the popular AMC “The Walking Dead”. I could use this TV series theme either now or wait until the end of the alphabet. Being a bit impatient I decided to roll it out for today’s sketching. W is for….

Walking Dead

While I searched “W” ideas to draw I somehow came upon instructions on how to draw waves from which I sketched these two pictures to share.

Between the two, I think I prefer the second one the best. What do you think? Do you have a favorite?

 

WOW, me with your “W-spired” ideas for me to put pencil to paper with for next “W” sketch! If I use yours then when I share my newest creation, I’ll give you credit with a link back to your site!

Hopefully, what I share with you every day will encourage you to do something that interests you that you’ve long put off because like me you just don’t think you can. My advice is, just do it! Maybe, you’ll be surprised. I know I was! πŸ™‚

I’m heading off to link up with other fellow AtoZers and you’re invited to come along.Β  I’ll see you on tomorrow for the next installment of Art Sketching through the Alphabet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet post recap:

  1. β€œA” for Angels
  2. β€œB” for Boys, little
  3. β€œC” is for Cows, Chicken & Chicks, and Big Cats
  4. β€œD” for Dog
  5. β€œE” is for Elephant, Eagle, & Elk
  6. β€œF” is for Fence, Fox, & Frog
  7. β€œG” is for Girls
  8. β€œH” is for Horses
  9. β€œI” is for Iris
  10. β€œJ” is for Jack & Jill
  11. β€œK” is for Kanga & Roo
  12. β€œL” is for Lighthouse
  13. “M” is for Mermaids
  14. “N” is for Nightingale
  15. “O” is for Owl
  16. “P” is for Princess & Prince
  17. “Q” is for Queen (Evil)
  18. “R” is for Rabbit & Roadrunner
  19. “S” is for Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
  20. “T” is for Treehouse
  21. “U” is for Unicorn
  22. “V” is for Violin & Victorian Women

 


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#AprilA2Z Art Sketching through the Alphabet “V”

 

Hello, Kitten & Dawgs, thanks for sticking with me this month for the A2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet and today’s prompt is the letter “V”!

Would you like to or do you play the violin?

My good friend and fellow blogger, Mr. Shady from SDMM told me his wife is an artist. I believe she paints. Her favorite subject is Victorian women. Feeling inspiration burning to my core I sketched two Victorian women, a portrait and a full- length drawings.

I modeled my sketch after this image. No step by step instructions, just sight drawing. The eyes need work but I’m confident in time I’ll develop a knack for getting it right.

This lovely lady I modeled from this image. I’m eager to do more female forms, especially Victorian women. I like vintage stuff, don’t you?

Hopefully, what I share with you every day will encourage you to do something that interests you that you’ve long put off because like me you just don’t think you can. My advice is, just do it! Maybe, you’ll be surprised. I know I was! πŸ™‚

 

 

 

I’m feeling victorious with the vast undertaking of the A2Z challenge soon coming to an end. What V-things should I sketch next?

I’m heading off to link up with other fellow AtoZers and you’re invited to come along.Β  I’ll see you on tomorrow for the next installment of Art Sketching through the Alphabet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet post recap:

  1. β€œA” for Angels
  2. β€œB” for Boys, little
  3. β€œC” is for Cows, Chicken & Chicks, and Big Cats
  4. β€œD” for Dog
  5. β€œE” is for Elephant, Eagle, & Elk
  6. β€œF” is for Fence, Fox, & Frog
  7. β€œG” is for Girls
  8. β€œH” is for Horses
  9. β€œI” is for Iris
  10. β€œJ” is for Jack & Jill
  11. β€œK” is for Kanga & Roo
  12. β€œL” is for Lighthouse
  13. “M” is for Mermaids
  14. “N” is for Nightingale
  15. “O” is for Owl
  16. “P” is for Princess & Prince
  17. “Q” is for Queen (Evil)
  18. “R” is for Rabbit & Roadrunner
  19. “S” is for Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
  20. “T” is for Treehouse
  21. “U” is for Unicorn

 


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#AprilA2Z Art Sketching through the Alphabet “U”

Hello, Kitten & Dawgs, thanks for sticking with me this month for the A2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet. I’m especially excited to share the letter “U” drawing of a dark Unicorn!

Typically, I prefer white unicorns but I wanted the challenge to practice shading and this was a purrfect lesson to learn.

 

Hopefully, what I share with you every day will encourage you to do something that interests you that you’ve long put off because like me you just don’t think you can. My advice is, just do it! Maybe, you’ll be surprised. I know I was! πŸ™‚

I’m heading off to link up with other fellow AtoZers and you’re invited to come along.Β  I’ll see you on tomorrow for the next installment of Art Sketching through the Alphabet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet post recap:

  1. β€œA” for Angels
  2. β€œB” for Boys, little
  3. β€œC” is for Cows, Chicken & Chicks, and Big Cats
  4. β€œD” for Dog
  5. β€œE” is for Elephant, Eagle, & Elk
  6. β€œF” is for Fence, Fox, & Frog
  7. β€œG” is for Girls
  8. β€œH” is for Horses
  9. β€œI” is for Iris
  10. β€œJ” is for Jack & Jill
  11. β€œK” is for Kanga & Roo
  12. β€œL” is for Lighthouse
  13. “M” is for Mermaids
  14. “N” is for Nightingale
  15. “O” is for Owl
  16. “P” is for Princess & Prince
  17. “Q” is for Queen (Evil)
  18. “R” is for Rabbit & Roadrunner
  19. “S” is for Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
  20. “T” is for Treehouse

 


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