Today is my seventh day doing a July sketchbook challenge from Tinkerlab. Today’s prompt is “Endless”. Whilst I wasn’t feeling well today, I still managed to complete the daily challenge because there are so many options. In this case, I decided to go for the classic but simplified version of the Ouroborus symbol that has captured the imagination for centuries.
Ouroborus (basic) Reference image
- Snakehead reference image (https://live.staticflickr.com/3630/3579905705_b7cd045632_b.jpg)
One thing that I have noticed from the art tutorials that I’ve recently watched are various exercises involving practising circles and other shapes. Today’s art prompt got me to practice exactly that. Though crappy, I also got to experiment with a few ideas on top of the basic symbol. Yes, my attempt at scales aren’t the best, but it was an exercise in texture, which I need to practice as well. The circles in the middle? Also practice. And the head? Well, I need to spend more time practising drawing reptiles in general. I also didn’t spend much time on shading and further detail.
Lastly, I didn’t have to erase near as much as I thought I would need to this time around. Is that a good sign? I wouldn’t go that far given that some of the symbols in the middle lack consistency in proportion. However, I had a bit of fun playing with the idea and that is also a necessary part of practising a skill. If we spend most of the time engaged in a task hating it, it is less likely that we will return to it again. As such, a certain amount of fun is necessary to make the activity sustainable in the long-term.
I hope that you’ve had an awesome day with whatever you’ve been up to. If you are also involved in a challenge of some sort, feel free to post about it in the comments section. I’d love to read about it!