I completed the following watercolour illustration back in December 2021. Inspiration struck one day as I was exploring compositions. I wanted an image with a lot of different kinds of contrast — big/small, one/many, soft/hard, cool/warm, saturated/desaturated. I enjoyed studying how rubies interact with light.
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.
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 . . .
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.
[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
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.
“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!”
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.
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.”
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.
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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.
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
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.
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.