Week 1 of my drawing challenge is complete! These were drawn with a baby in one arm—multitasking at its finest.
1. draw your favorite childhood toy
I had an obsession with troll dolls as a kid. I had 20 or 30 of them, and I remember lining them all up around the perimeter of my bed, which in hindsight was pretty creepy.
2. draw a monster
I don’t even know on this one. Inventing a monster ended up being harder than I thought. I kept accidentally drawing cats or alligators dressed up like turtles.
My friend Mike just realeased the first episode of his new pocast, The Upload Podcast—”a conversation about creativity to help you move from dreaming to doing.” On the podcast Mike interviews creative entrepreneurs, freelancers, and side hustlers, and I was lucky enough to be his first guest! You can listen to the “Amanda Wright” episode on iTunes or on Soundcloud. Thanks for having me on the show, Mike!
What better way to start out the new year than with a fresh drawing challenge? If you’d like to join me, hashtag your drawings #WWdrawingchallenge on Instagram. I can’t wait to see what you make! Work at whatever speed is best for you—I’ll be posting two drawings a week on the blog for the month of January. Just because my shop is closed for maternity leave doesn’t mean I’m not still creating!
THE CHALLENGE! Draw these things:
1. your favorite childhood toy
2. a monster
3. your favorite letter of the alphabet
4. a map
5. something that makes you laugh
6. where you live
7. a houseplant
8. something geometric
Shortly after I got knocked up I decided to make a time lapse animation of my growing belly. I took about a photo a week from 12–38 weeks pregnant. It was a tedious project, but it’s so cool to see my body grow a kid from scratch!
The shop is closed for maternity leave! It will reopen in early February, and I’ll send out an email to my newsletter subscribers when I’m accepting orders again (you can sign up in the sidebar if you’d like).
New blog posts will continue! I have weekly blog posts planned through my maternity leave, and I’ll meet you back here January 1st for a new drawing challenge. Get your sketchbooks ready!
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you all!
It’s time for my unofficial December tradition—a DIY ornament! I thought I had a really great idea for this year—spray paint a koosh ball gold! Remember koosh balls? It was going to be great on so many levels. First, I would get to smell a koosh ball (that wonderful nostalgic rubbery smell). Second, who doesn’t love spray painting things gold? Third, I imagined it would end up looking like a sparkling, starry, snowball of sorts. Sadly, my koosh ornament didn’t turn out as well as I hoped. You win some, you lose some.
Things started out great, but the more paint I put on the more the rubbery tentacles clumped together. When I un-clumped them the paint peeled revealing bits of neon underneath, which gave the ornament that I-made-this-myself look (in a bad way).
Maybe the golden koosh isn’t the worst DIY ornament ever, but don’t go out of your way to make one or anything. I’d recommend making one of these lovely DIY ornaments from previous years instead—a wooden bead snowflake, a ceramic lace snowflake, or a monogram ornament.