Fun with Sketch Fest

Last weekend, I finally got to join in on the fun at Sketch Fest #32 (Noon to noon Alaska time Jan. 18 - 20) - the 48-hour creative session where artists from all over the world sketch to various prompts posted by people.  Each artist has one hour to work on a sketch (or stop at a good point anywhere within that hour), and then post the sketch.  I started with a floral ACEO in ink and watercolor, which I was able to fully complete in one hour on Friday.

The prompt was "Hellebore (Christmas Rose)".  Since I recently painted this flower in my "Winter Lullaby", I was already familiar with it, so it was my first choice for a quick sketch. ^^

On Saturday, I had some errands to run in the morning, so I didn't get to work on a prompt until afternoon.  The second prompt I picked was "Owl Masquerade".  Did a graphite sketch on 5 x 7 vellum for about 15 minutes.

The second shot shows the work-in-progress in watercolor (and salt!). ^^  Should be able to finish this one today.

For the next one, I decided to go with ACEO.  The prompt was "Black Orchid".  There's no way I can resist a prompt like that.

Again, ink and watercolor, and barely managed to finish as the the time was up.

After this, I wanted to just do a pencil sketch.  While I was looking through all the prompts as they were piling up as the Sketch Fest progressed, "Steam Punk Goat" caught my attention, and I just couldn't resist...

This was done in graphite on 6 x 8 vellum.  Finished with quite a bit of time still left of the one hour.  I had the most fun with this guy. ^^  It's not just another fairy, or pretty face.  It's a Steam Punk Goat! :D

The last one of Saturday.  The prompt was "Floral".  I decided to quickly sketch peony flowers in colored pencil and go over it with watercolor.  Stopped at one hour.  5 x 7 vellum.

Finished version of the "Peony Floral".  The scan is a bit bright...

Sunday's first sketch was to the prompt, "Snow Queen".  Graphite on vellum 5 x 7.  Stopped at about 15 minutes.

Inked in the afternoon AFTER Sketch Fest was over.

Colored in watercolor for the final version the day after.  She was a lot of fun to paint.  I've always liked Hans Christian Andersen's "Snow Queen".  I believe this is my second painting of her.

The last sketch for Sketch Fest #32 was for the prompt "Bone Queen".  Wanted to do something wicked and wild with skull painted face and bird skull accessories.  Graphite on 5 x 7 vellum.  About one hour.

Interestingly enough, I have done these all in traditional media.  I plan on completing all works in traditional media as well.  Although I do not like the inevitable frustration an artist faces when scanning or photographing a traditional piece of art, I do enjoy the feel of pencil on paper and the wet brush on paper... or watching the flowers bloom from table salt randomly sprinkled into wet watercolor on paper.  I'm definitely having a traditional phase at the moment. ^^  But the end of the month approaches, which means deadline for the Enchanted Visions Project.  Theme for February is "Le Serpent".  For this, I will return to my usual tradigital approach - line art in ink, color in Corel Painter.

At any rate, Sketch Fest was more fun than I had anticipated.  I hope to participate again in the future, and hopefully often.


  1. I love seeing what you can do in an hour! And I truly love the steam punk goat. *laughs* And the Snow Queen is gorgeous....

    1. Thank you for checking these out. ^^ I surprised myself with how many pieces I managed to finish in one hour. I've always thought of myself as a slow poke who spent too much time going over trivial details. ^^; I should be able to post updates on "Owl Masquerade" and "Bone Queen" tomorrow.


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