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  • Writer's pictureEli Allison

A Year of Art, Week 37

Updated: Aug 12, 2021

So what's the mamma jammer deal with a year of art?

It's all about inspiration and a love of art. I create five pieces a week, one of which I'll show you how to do. This week's How-To is a dotty trip around the world. I also mess about with line drawings, patterns and pebbles that that on a mind of there own.

Here is Week 36 for those that missed it.

I'm taking my tasks from the fabulous artist and art author Lorna Scobie book.

Day 181

Task: Fill the Page with Dots

Monday A dotty around the world trip with this week's How-To.

I'm always amazed at how many variations of 'ink drawing' you can create.

Pencil Case


A pencil

A glass

An easer

0.05, 0.1,0.2, Uni black pens.


Stage One, Two & Three Just lines and dots, nothing tricky here. Take your paper, and draw (in pencil) your circle, using a glass for a neat finish. Big Ben is squares, rectangles and a cute little triangle hat. Create everything in pencil first then go over with the number 0.1 Uni pen in dots.

Stage Four

Grab up Mr Pencil and mark the lines for where we'll start shading. Closer to the right edge will be darker. Don't forget each lip as well. I like my dots free, aka random not in lines, but play around with whatever works best for you. Fill in a single dot layer in the parts shown.

Stage Five & Six

These stages are about adding depth and detail. Add darker and darker areas, by layering on the dots. Think about where the light would land, and where the shadows would fall. Blend the edges between dots and white space, by adding smaller dots with the 0.05 nipped pen. Darker areas with the 0.2 nipped pen. Draw the numbers for the face of the clock, and then start 'dotting' the circle frame around the image. Once you've finished, have a go at other world-famous places.

Day 182

Task: Pattern


It's Spooky Season, (not a thing) so you get two for one today with a creepy pattern. Sorry for the wonkiness, either tilt your head or just embrace the charm.

Day 183

Task: Pebbles


This did not turn out as planned. The original task had some pebbles to colour in, lovely jumble. Except as I started drawing my pebbles, morphed into strange creatures with a centre of gravity fighter pilots would kill for. No apologises! Brain, I bow to your f*cked up weirdness.

Day 184

Task: Experiment with Different Materials


Playing around with felt tips, ink pens, and colouring pencils. Sign me up. I've hearted the effects I like best.

Day 185

Task: Line Drawing


Line drawings are the pancake making of the drawing word, they look like a piece of piss to knock out, but before you know it, you end up with an overcooked mess all over your clean surfaces. To prove it, I'm going to show you my first attempt. The one in all colour, a 'hot mess' to another level. The balance is wrong; the proportions are wrong; it's just wrong-diggly-wrong.

The second one... I'd objectify, I'd objectify hard.

That's it folks

... Join me next Friday where I challenge myself with hands, play around in negative space, and add some life to some plant pots.

Head on over to Twitter and tag me any arty creations you've made, I love to see how other people engage with the tasks. I'm also on the old Instagram but I tend to get confused and make all the kids embarrassed if I wander around in there too much.

If you can't wait until next week for more art, here is where it all began; Week 1.

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