Thursday, December 08, 2011

My Sketchbook Idea Generator + Winners + Giveaway 2

Sometimes I feel like drawing but end up just staring at a blank page.

My solution?


This idea started at a workshop I attended about a year ago with Priscilla Burris. She had a everyone randomly write down an animal and an emotion which we then had to draw. I got an "ecstatic pig".

I enjoyed the exercise, and after some thought on it I came up with my Sketchbook Idea Generator.
I started out making some lists in a word program under the categories of: Person, Action/Emotion, Time, and Place.
This is what I came up with. (if you want to try it, feel free to print the jpg)

As you can see, some of the people aren't actually people, and things range from general to really specific. I did that on purpose

After that I printed the list, cut the words into little paper pieces and put them in envelopes in the back pocket of my sketchbook.

Now if I'm stumped on what to draw. I just pull out the envelopes, pick some papers randomly out of them, and sketch away.

I usually pick one from the person category, and anywhere from one to all of the other categories, but you can do any combo that you want.

With some of my 20 min sketches this week I've gotten: Edwardian + Cat + Car

Teenage girl + Dragon + a Snowy place

Clown + Sad +1700's

I'll be at it on my Sketch blog all month long so check back often to see what other ideas are generated.
You can also give it a whirl yourself. I'd love to hear about your experiences.

Now for the moment you might have been waiting for, last weeks Giveaway winner is:
# 3 Dashbo!
(winner was chosen completely at random by drawing numbers from a bowl)
contact me and I will get you your prize. 

Now if you didn't win, no worries.
There are still four more giveaways to try your typing fingers at or you can check out my print shop or card shop to get your own Manelle art right away. (once you have won you are no longer eligible to enter again)

Here is what you can win.
Three illustrated art prints. They are printed on Epson Velvet fin art paper and signed by me.
They are in two sizes one 5.75x8.5 and two 13x8.5 prints.  (not standard frame sizes)

To enter this contest here is what you need to do.

1. Comment below before Midnight MST on December 12, 2011
Tell me one or all of these things: what your favorite fairy tale is,
or if there is any art in my portfolio that you would like to see as a print,
or if you try out the "generator" I'd love a link to see your sketches.

2. Tweet or Facebook status a link back to this blog post.

I'll announce the winner next Thursday.
Good luck everyone.


  1. One of my favorite fairy tales is "The Maiden without Hands" collected by the Grimm brothers.

  2. Hmm... sounds fun I haven't heard it before. I'll look it up. Thanks.

  3. I am going to try your sketch generator list! fabulous. I won't enter your contest because your my BIFF. Speaking of Fairy tales, Have you ever read "The Green Fairy Book" or the "Blue Fairy Book." They have all sorts of obscure fairy tales. I used to read them all the time. I should try them again. I really love all the cool stuff you are doing with your sketch blog and everything.

    When I was little we always listened to a recorded version of an old radio show called "Let's pretend." My favorite fairy tale was "Melilot."

  4. Jessi4:35 AM

    That's a cool way to pick what to sketch. It's sure to diversify things. I can't wait to see more. :)

    Don't include me in the contest. I'm sure it's an unwritten rule that your cousins aren't allowed to participate. ^_^;

  5. My favorite fairytale is Rapunzel.
    blue65829 at aol dot com

  6. i tweeted!!/kleemorris/status/145235944461705216
    blue65829 at aol dot com

  7. My favorite fairy tale is the little mermaid - the real one, not the disney one

  8. E Messenger12:48 PM

    My favorite fairy tale is Love Like Salt.

  9. My favorite fairy tale is the little mermaid.

  10. I passed the "generator" on to my teenage daughter. She loves to draw and is pretty darn good at it too. She is always asking me, "Mom, will you tell me something to draw, I'm blank?" This will help immensely, thank you!
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

  11. I think 'sailing' and 'apprentice' would make great prints! Love them. You are so talented!!

  12. Favorite fairy tale...hmm...I guess it would be Peter and the Wolf (not sure that counts as a fairy tale, but I love the music)

    judychrz at gmail

  13. Katelin12:49 PM

    My fave fairy tale is the little mermaid!

  14. My favorite fairy tale is Strega Nona.

  15. I tweeted this at:

    Everything looks amazing, Manelle!

  16. your art is BEAUTIFUL! i would love to have something fairy tale related to hang in my classroom - i teach third grade, and we have a big study on fairy tales. i'm so glad i stumbled upon your art!

    since i teach fairy tales, i really do like them all, but i can answer you this way instead: my two favorite stories growing up were peter pan and alice in wonderland, and those are fairy tale-like, and we just finished a week-long unit on the gingerbread man in my class, and that was loads of fun, too - so many funny and interesting different versions to read!

    thanks for the chance to win! i tweeted about it too: my name is @kfireball

    happy holidays!

  17. My favorite Fairy Tale is the story of Sleeping Beauty - it's a beautiful one.

  18. Natasha H8:29 PM

    My favorite Fairy Tale is Peter Pan.....really clicks with me since i grew up :) I would love to see your "Apprentice" as a print


  19. That closes that giveaway. Thanks for your comments I can't wait to read some of those fairy tales. I'll put all your names in a hat and draw one out then I'll announce the winner on Thursday so check back then.



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