I’m hosting a drawing challenge on Mix and Instagram this November, and you’re invited to follow along!
This is an experiment. I’m not the first to do one of these, but I designed mine to go at a slower pace. Instead of drawing everyday, there is a new prompt every other day, giving you two days to work on each piece.
You can interpret each prompt any way you like, and you don’t have to do all of them if you don’t want to.
If you’d like to participate on Instagram, simply post a photo of your work with #novemberdoodlefest and tag me, @ray.of.light.design.
If you want to participate on Mix, sign up here and then remix this idea for all of your drawings.
Have fun! I plan to feature my favorite Doodlefest drawings in a post at the end of the month.
Even though I use Paper by Fifty Three for basically everything, I haven’t ever taken much time to explore techniques with the watercolor tool.
Paper tries to make its tools realistic, which is great. The watercolor tool bleeds and blends. When you draw lines and shapes with it, they have very rough edges (which I’ve actually never liked).
I realized that scissors tool, which is relatively new, opens up a whole new world of possibilities. I discovered a way to create Nicky Laatz style watercolor shapes. Here is my tutorial, which you can also find here on Mix.
Here’s a little peek at what’s been going on in Mix. I had Mixers create their own rendition of “Ray of Light,” and I got over 50 submissions! Soon, I will be posting a slideshow featuring work by everyone. Stay tuned!
Serifina Medium — I stumbled upon this font via the Postman’s Knock and liked it immediately. The hand drawn serif letters are elegant, but also playful. I can see it as being a great inspiration for hand lettering as well.
Quicksand — I showcased four versions of Quicksand: Dash, Light, Regular, and Bold. The light and regular weights are beautiful and I love them. The dash is definitely cool, but I’m unsure how it could be used. I’m not a huge fan of the bold — the letters are too round and feel kind of preschool. It’s a great font overall.
Movus Brush Pen — So many people are spending money on brush calligraphy fonts without taking a look at the free options! Here is yet another. In my opinion, most brush calligraphy fonts look very similar and fonts like this one can easily replace the pricy ones down over at Creative Market.
Manifesto — I found this art deco font on Behance, and it’s definitely a new favorite.
Sofia — This script font looks like it has a lot of potential and I can also see it being useful as hand lettering inspiration.
That’s it for this month. What fonts are you using right now? Share in the comments below!
If you want to check out some of my previous featured fonts, visit posts with the tag “Fonts of the Month!”