ARTiculations—Earl Selkirk Gallery

FILL’ER UP Sketchbook Challenge 2017


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This weekend, I ended up going to ARTiculations to see the other artists’ sketchbook entries for the FILL’ER UP Sketchbook Challenge. I unfortunately couldn’t go to the private reception on Thursday of last week, due to work but I was thankful I managed to have time to stop by before the exhibition came to an end.

Today was the last day and when I visited yesterday, I decided to sign out my sketchbook with me. I saw some amazing work from my fellow artists and I was glad to be part of this challenge. The goal was to make art everyday and to try filling in your sketchbook until you reached the end. You didn’t have to finish the whole book though, you had an option to show just certain pages or the full book itself. I decided to make my sketchbook about myself, my favourite things, books, characters and things I didn’t​ like. If you wanted to see the sketches I made for this challenge, you can click below.

I was late with finishing the challenge, but I managed to do it and finished the book. This was my first time taking part in the challenge and I’m glad I did it! The cool thing about the show was the fact that people commented on your work by writing on sticky notes and leaving them in your Sketchbook.

This challenge occurs annually in the month of April, so if you didn’t get a chance to join this year best mark your calendars for next year. For now, look forward to the Inktober challenge this October hosted by Jake Parker!


After checking out the gallery and signing out my sketchbook, I decided to purchase a few things since I didn’t get to the last time I was there.

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I bought the Schizzi sketching sketchbook for graphite and charcoal, a colouring postcard of some areas in Toronto, a number 2 Taklon brush, and a black monotwin marker. Preparation and additional materials for Inktober, the postcards were for my sister. This store/gallery had some pretty cool materials, especially the notebooks and calligraphy pens and nibs. I can’t wait to see what other events they have coming up.

Hope you had a chance to check it out, if so were you one of the artists or someone who just visited? Leave a comment below!

Sketchbook Challenge 2017—Sketch 30

Sketchbook Challenge 2017


This is it. The last page of my sketchbook and the end of the challenge. I took a few days later to finish the challenge, but I finally got there.

The sketchbook challenge was to make artwork daily, and this was not an easy thing to do. Especially when life gets in the way and when you aren’t as motivated or as good as others may be. It took a while for me to catch up, but I am quite happy that I reached the end and filled up my sketchbook!

This was the first time I ever took part in this challenge and I am glad my friend sent this my way. It was a great way to help me get out of that box where I thought I was stuck and that I won’t be able to do what I love anymore. That I won’t have time for it. I only seem to have time or make time whenever I do challenges, other times I see no point in trying. This was a great way to break me out of that. Yes, life will still get in the way but at least I won’t be​stuck, I’ll be making art.

Sketchbook Challenge 2017—Sketch 29

Sick Days


It happens to everyone, but apparently it seems to happen more often than not with me. My health isn’t at it’s best state, and I hadn’t realized I pushed myself too hard for this challenge. I got ill just as this challenge was coming to an end, but my stubborn self won’t give up when I’m so close. So here I am, on the second last page of my sketchbook.

My favourite company when I am ill would be, my tea, my cat, books or sketchbook and my boyfriend. What I don’t like to have when I am ill are: doctor appointments, medication, headaches, fevers, chills, the cold and throwing up. I had both the good and bad.

Why didn’t I stop you ask? Surprisingly, I still enjoyed​ sketching. Once I’m in the zone, it’s quite hard to stop. I love sketching daily and yes life gets in the way. So I don’t let it. Many may think it’s ludacris, but having not just your art but your whole Sketchbook in display for almost month is worth the time and effort. My sketchbooks are my diary and this was like a portfolio deadline. I actually wanted people to see what I can do and I haven’t been able to do that in a long while. That is why I kept going.

Sketchbook Challenge 2017—Sketch 28

My Cat


I adopted my very first pet this past November and I am truly happy I ever did. He was a stray cat and they found him with scratches, marks and cut or bite mark on his ear. He is about 3–4 years old, but they think he’s younger than that. He was named “Seb” at the shop, but they barely called him by it so he won’t get confused when he’s adopted. I named him Sylar, why? Two reasons: Heroes​ and clocks.

We were trying to figure out what name to give him and trust me, I tried many book male characters but it did not work. My family and I recently finished binge watching the show called Heroes and when we found him checking every clock, watching them or trying to reach for them, we knew the name to give; Sylar.

This character in the show was a watchman and he made his alias using the watch brand, Sylar. It fit and it confirmed it even more so when he turned around as my brother tried calling him using that name.

I truly adore him and I am ever so thankful to have him as part of my life now. If anything, he saved me.

Sketchbook Challenge 2017—Sketch 27

Bilbo Baggins


Tolkien is one genius man, I love both Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Book wise, I liked the Hobbit more but I love both films. They did an amazing job making the book come to life for LOTR.

I drew Bilbo Baggins writing the story, as a way to tribute Tolkien writing these stories. The Middle Earth will always have a special place in my heart, that is why this had to be included in my Sketchbook Challenge.

Any Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit fans out there? Comment below about your favourite and why.

Sketchbook Challenge 2017—Sketch 26

Darth Vader


I knew I wanted Star Wars in this sketchbook challenge, but I didn’t know who to sketch this time. I ended up choosing Darth Vader but with half his head as the picture of death. I’m a Star Wars fan if you haven’t realized, but unfortunately I haven’t watched Rogue One yet.

I’m quite close to finishing the last couple of pages left of my sketchbook, still powering through even though I’m ill. Can’t quit now, the Rebellion never did.

If you’re a Star Wars fan, leave a comment below 🙂

Sketchbook Challenge 2017—Sketch 25

Shorty


That right there is Shorty from the old game I used to play non-stop called, Bust-a-Move. She was my favourite character. It was a dance revolution game that my siblings and cousin competed in. Did any of you play this game before?

Unfortunately, I did not get to sketch more after this due to the fact that I got ill in the afternoon. I will continue to draw tomorrow and try to finish the rest of the few pages I have left in my sketchbook before handing it in. I was actually going to do that today, but I didn’t realize that we could not drop it off until tomorrow.

In a way that worked out for me, despite getting sick. Wish me luck, everyone!

Sketchbook Challenge 2017—Sketch 24

Celty Sturluson


Celty, oh Celty…This amazing character is from the anime series, Durarara! I adore her character, and I like how unique she is. If you are a fan of this show, I’m sure you know what I am on about.

For those who have not yet seen or heard of this anime, I suggest you start googling and binge watch this show. Leave a comment​ below for your favourite anime, we may have much to discuss!

Sketchbook Challenge 2017—Sketch 23

Nana Osaki


Nana Osaki is from the manga series called, Nana. This manga also has an anime series and it actually has a live action film as well. I never watched the film, because it didn’t look appealing to me.

Nana Osaki is my favourite female character in this series, as for the male character? Don’t get me started on them, ha. I read these when I was in high school and it really stuck to me. I went to my first FanExpo in cosplay of her character and that’s when I also saw someone selling the apartment room key as a chain and I bought it.

I drew her before but this one is not inked, full body pose and she’s younger here. Figured it suited the age I was when I discovered this series. I never really knew any other fan of this series, so if you are one do comment below!

Sketchbook Challenge 2017—Sketch 22

Sasha Braus


Sasha Braus, the woman who loves to eat and the woman who serves in the Survey Corpse. I have been re-watching season one and finished it tonight to freshen up my memory, before season 2 begins in the morrow!

I love this anime and after years of waiting, it is finally back! I really wanted to draw another character, I drew Eren and his Titan form before along with Levi leaning his head on Petra. Figured I should draw a fun one this time, so I drew Sasha all happy to slice up a potato looking Titan.

Do you watch this anime or read this manga? If so, please leave a comment below so we can freak out together. If you haven’t watched or read it, I highly suggest you do!