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Morgan Freeman as Red in The Shawshank Redemption[graphite & white ink on 3” x 4” grey card] "We sat and drank with the sun on our shoulders and felt like free men. Hell, we could have been tarring the roof of one of our own houses. We were the lords of all creation."The first time I watched Shawshank was on a little TV screen, having bought a VHS copy in 1995. I was blown away and it’s remained in my all-time Top 5 ever since.
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Morgan Freeman as Red in The Shawshank Redemption
[graphite & white ink on 3” x 4” grey card] 

"We sat and drank with the sun on our shoulders and felt like free men. Hell, we could have been tarring the roof of one of our own houses. We were the lords of all creation."

The first time I watched Shawshank was on a little TV screen, having bought a VHS copy in 1995. I was blown away and it’s remained in my all-time Top 5 ever since.

Prep sketch for the next piece. I love the 80s film “*batteries not included” and when I found out that Hume Cronyn & Jessica Tandy were married in real life, I wasn’t at all surprised. Their on-screen chemistry is wonderful. 👴❤️👵

I’M BEATEN…

Drawing something every day for a year. Easy, right? No. Noooo sir. Not at all. Here I am, at the end month 2, having drawn more in the last 60 days than in the last 3 years.

The self-imposed 365 Sketch Card Challenge sure lived up to its name.

After seeing so many other creatives participating in Inktober (draw something new for every day in October, preferably using ink) I decided my New Year’s resolution would be to draw a new mini-portrait, roughly the size of a sketch card, every day. Start off using pencil and hopefully as the year progresses move onto using coloured pencils, marker pens and ink. And then the idea hit me that I should auction them off at the end of each month in aid of Kidney Research UK.

I hadn’t put pencil to paper for some time and desperately wanted to get back into it but had been finding I was struggling to complete anything if it took longer than 2-3 hours.

Day 1. Sherlock. I spent almost 3 hours leisurely sketching that strangely angular face. It was the Christmas break so there was plenty of time. There was no rush and my only other commitment was to get through the backlog of mince pies and Christmas dinner leftovers.

Fast forward to Day 37. After a hard day at work, we get home later than normal, and I didn’t get to sit down to draw until gone 9:30pm and I needed to be up at 6:15 for work the next day. That was the toughest evening of them all. At that moment, drawing was the last thing I wanted to be doing.

And that was the first crack beginning to show.

Throughout February I managed to pick the pace up again, videoing some more sessions on my iPhone to encourage me to complete it in one sitting, even taking my drawing kit to work and sketching through my lunch hour. But even just by doing that, it affected my normal routine.

The number of gym sessions dropped dramatically (not good with those extra, post-Christmas pounds to shed) and I was spending less time with my incredibly understanding and patient wife.

And that’s when I decided I’d bitten off more than I could chew. The last thing I wanted was for this to have a detrimental effect on my day to day life and those around me.

So that’s it. I made it to the end of month 2. The sketches from February will still be going on eBay on Saturday 1 March but after that I’ll be dropping down to maybe 1 or 2 sketches a week.

Thanks to everyone for the overwhelming support over the last 60 days and I hope you enjoy the sketches that are still to come. I’m working on a Harold Ramis tribute right now which I’m hoping to finish some time in the next week or so.

The key thing is: I’ll still be drawing. I’ve rekindled my friendship with my first artistic love - pencils. And, for me, that’s the best possible outcome.

Daily sketch 57/365 - Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in Homeland
(graphite, white pencil & white ink on 3” x 4” grey paper)
See time-lapse videos of some of the daily sketches here!
My New Years resolution is to draw a new sketch card every day in 2014, using a variety of styles and media.
Each one is a unique, one-of-a-kind piece and I’ll be selling some of them on eBay in aid of Kidney Research UK with a current plan to list each month’s worth of cards at the end of that month.
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Daily sketch 57/365 - Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in Homeland

(graphite, white pencil & white ink on 3” x 4” grey paper)

See time-lapse videos of some of the daily sketches here!

My New Years resolution is to draw a new sketch card every day in 2014, using a variety of styles and media.

Each one is a unique, one-of-a-kind piece and I’ll be selling some of them on eBay in aid of Kidney Research UK with a current plan to list each month’s worth of cards at the end of that month.

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