365 Days of Art: Day 81 – Drawing a One-Letter Word

The challenge: Create some form of visual art, no matter how small, each day for a full year.

After two nights of staying up until 2:00am judging writing entries, I don’t have much energy left, and it’s only 8:35pm. I’ve already hit REM sleep while putting my daughter to bed. I definitely need more sleep, but I’ve got to get some art done first. Tonight will be my last night with 642 Tiny Things to Draw for a while. I hope to do mostly water color for the rest of the week.

Tonight, I chose to draw “a one-letter word.” (I guess I spent so much time with words this weekend I can’t stay away.) The English language has two one-letter words: “a” and “I.” I chose “I.” “I” as in “I hate judging writing contests.” As in “I am exhausted.” As in “a letter not in ‘team.’” As in “I think I can draw this pretty fast and get to bed.” As in “I really want to do this freehand, but I’m pretty sure I will need a straight edge for the perspective part.”

Dang it. My perfectionist side won, and I’m using a straight edge.

It was originally just an “I,” but I had decided to put my horizon points at the lower third instead of half-way. It looked imbalanced and odd. So I added a horizon. But a flat barren landscape is boring so I added some sand dunes in the background.

Happy Monday Night everyone! Tomorrow, the brushes come out again!

Daily Yoga: Today I did this Yoga with Adrienne video after Elliptical work. I took two Advil before I worked out, and the only time my back hurt was moving from up dog to down dog.


About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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