Promptathon Day 5: Milk Eternal

This is the 5th in a series of 7 drawings for Drawabox’s 2022 Spring Promptathon. You can see the intro to the series in this post.

The prompt for day 5 was Decanter of Drowning. You can see the full prompt on the prompt page. Below is my submission for this day’s prompt.

Milk Eternal

Legend says there was once a land that flowed with milk and honey. Greedy warriors came in search of conquest, glory, and spoil. They cared not for the people nor their way of life. Consumed by their lusts the barbarians hunted the rivers to their source till they found the ancient sanctuary paved with gold. In this most peaceful place were legendary artifacts of every sort, but chief among them were the vessels of jade and gold that flowed with milk eternal. From the sanctuary ran rivers of milk and honey throughout all the land and the people were nourished. The warriors did not come to honour this place, but to plunder and steal. After taking every morsel of value, they destroyed that place and left the land in ruins. At least that’s what the legend says . . .

Ornate milk jug of jade and gold overflows with milk. Jug surrounded by gold bricks and columns covered in vines.
Milk Eternal by Nathan Parkinson, Prismacolor & Ink, April 2022

For Drawabox’s 2022 Spring PromptathonDay 5: Decanter of Drowning

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Promptathon Day 4: Wrestling Champ

This is the 4th in a series of 7 drawings for Drawabox’s 2022 Spring Promptathon. You can see the intro to the series in this post.

The prompt for day 4 was Mascot High School. You can see the full prompt on the prompt page. Below is my submission for this day’s prompt.

Wrestling Champ

[professional announcer voice] It’s the final round in this year’s high school wrestling championship. Mascots from around the world have come to witness this epic showdown. Ronald faces off with his chief competitor Jolly G. Ref Sanders is sure to have a stellar match on his hands. Which of these young wrestlers has what it takes to bring home the champion’s prize and honour?! Cast your votes now . . . ding, ding, ding

Colonel Sanders holds up Jolly Green Giant's arm as the wresting champion; both of Giant's arms are raised. Ronald McDonald lies unconscious behind Sanders and Giant with Twitter birds circling his head. Red crowd silhouette with some notable characters in background.
Wrestling Champ by Nathan Parkinson, Prismacolor & Ink, April 2022

For Drawabox’s 2022 Spring PromptathonDay 4: Mascot High School

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Promptathon Day 3: Diner-scrap Kettle

This is the 3rd in a series of 7 drawings for Drawabox’s 2022 Spring Promptathon. You can see the intro to the series in this post.

The prompt for day 3 was Tea Time at World’s End. You can see the full prompt on the prompt page. Below is my submission for this day’s prompt.

Diner-scrap Kettle

“There’s gotta be a kettle somewhere in all this rubble!” I sigh as I search what’s left of the local diner following The Great Disaster. “I’m just dying for a spot of tea!” I keep searching. “Rats! Looks like every last kettle has already been snagged.” I eventually uncover a load of metal utensils. “Jackpot! Good thing I’m handy with a welder. Tea time!”

Kettle made from welded utensils. Spout made from copper pipe and garden hose.
Diner-scrap Kettle by Nathan Parkinson, Ink and Prismacolor, April 2022

For Drawabox’s 2022 Spring PromptathonDay 3: Tea Time at World’s End

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Promptathon Day 2: Fungi Ascending

This is the 2nd in a series of 7 drawings for Drawabox’s 2022 Spring Promptathon. You can see the intro to the series in this post.

The prompt for day 2 was Mushroom Manor. You can see the full prompt on the prompt page. Below is my submission for this day’s prompt.

Fungi Ascending

As you reach the shores of this foreign land, your breath is taken by the majestic sight of the fungi palace ascending into the heavens. A fellow traveler overhears you exclaim, “What an honour to have been invited to such a prestigious realm. Bless the one who imagined such magnificence.”

View of walled Fungi Palace from docked boat. Boulder wall to right. Water and land is blue with red mushroom tops.
Fungi Ascending by Nathan Parkinson, Prismacolor & Ink, April 2022

For Drawabox’s 2022 Spring PromptathonDay 2: Mushroom Manor

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Promptathon Day 1: NovaPop 3000

This is the 1st in a series of 7 drawings for Drawabox’s 2022 Spring Promptathon. You can see the intro to the series in this post.

The prompt for day 1 was Cosmic Confectionary. You can see the full prompt on the prompt page. Below is my submission for this day’s prompt.

NovaPop 3000

Introducing the NovaPop 3000 (NP3K) by LicTec. Now sold in a galaxy near you! This digital lollipop has taken the universe by storm. Every child has to have one . . . or two. Equipped with a flavour selection screen the NP3K allows each licker to choose from a galactic number of flavours in the online library. New flavours are synthesized and uploaded daily. Don’t wait! Try them all!! The lolli’s colour changes to match the selected flavour, and the NP3K even includes a button to spin the lolli for the most convenient licking experience. What are you waiting for?! Head to the nearest Pop Shop and pick up your NovaPop 3000 today. Batteries not included.

Poster advertising NovaPop 3000: boy sticks out purple tongue and holds NovaPop 3000 up in the air.
NovaPop 3000 by Nathan Parkinson, Digital, April 2022

For Drawabox’s 2022 Spring PromptathonDay 1: Cosmic Confectionary

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Drawabox’s 2022 Spring Promptathon

For a few months I’ve been working through the incredible (and somewhat monotonous) Drawabox course (I’m on Lesson 2 and really enjoying the challenging texture studies!). I’ve known about Drawabox for probably over a year, but I finally dove into it in January of this year to really nail down my drawing fundamentals. After many years of work, Irshad (Uncomfortable) — the founder and instructor of Drawabox — and his teaching assistants were feeling burnt out and announced Drawabox’s first quarterly drawing promptathon which ran from March 25-31. During the promptathon students drew from a new prompt each day instead of doing their usual homework and submitted their work for everyone’s enjoyment . . . and exclusive avatars, achievements, and bonus credits. The drawing for each prompt had to be completed within 24 hours of the prompt being revealed. It was a great community event which lasted 7 days and generated a ton of creativity.

Today I’ll just share what the prompts were, and then over the next 7 days I’ll share my artwork for each day of the event.

Drawing Prompts

Click on an image to read the full prompt description on the Drawabox website.

Day 1: Cosmic Confectionary

Day 2: Mushroom Manor

Day 3: Tea Time at World’s End

Day 4: Mascot High School

Day 5: Decanter of Drowning

Day 6: The Court of the Rat King

Day 7: Junkyard Symphony

Nathan’s Artwork

I look forward to sharing my art with you. I had great fun with the prompts, and I know the other participants did as well. I’d like to say a huge thanks to Irshad and his team for an incredibly inspiring week of drawing and fun, and I want to thank the Drawabox community for all the friendly interactions and support. The Drawabox promptathon was the final push I needed to get this blog up and running.

The following links will become active as each post is published over the next 7 days.

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Welcome to the Blog

In this blog you’ll get a glimpse into the art-life of Nathan Parkinson (me!). You’ll find updates, thoughts and discoveries, and original art not yet part of complete art collections. For now the name will be Nathan’s Blog, but I plan/hope to come up with something more interesting. As you visit this blog you’ll get to pull back the curtain a bit and see more-regular updates as I explore the world around me and the realms beyond my reality.

You may even find a few inspiring, wisdom-packed quotes . . . probably from other, much wiser people 😉 Stay tuned!

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