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In Which I Dump Art…

Hello everyone! How has your July been? I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo for the first time this month, so my July has been a bit… well, busy.

Anyway, I’ve done a lot of art lately, so I figured it was time for an art dump. Featuring art by my siblings. ๐Ÿ˜€

This is my most recent drawing, which I did for Earnest’s birthday. It was going to be a surprise, but then someone spilled the beans. Names are omitted to protect the guilty (Just kidding, all is forgiven. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

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“Rocket & Groot”

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, and Earnest was still surprised because he didn’t know what I was drawing. (He was actually pretty convinced that I was doing a different drawing. Hehe.)

And while I was working on that one for him, he was drawing this one for me…

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“Dance on Morag” by Earnest Sleep
It’s Star-Lord! He didn’t let me see it until it was finished, and I was pretty amazed. It took me a second before I realized that he’d hidden my name (Challie) in it too. Pretty cool, huh?

Recently my brother checked out a book from the library called The Art of DreamWorks Megamind: Bad. Brilliant. Blue. Yesterday, my eight year old sister made this drawing from a picture in the book.

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“Megamind’s Parents” by Tzipi Sleep

She did such an awesome job with the expressions! I just had to post it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Here’s a digital painting I did in GIMP. For a long time I planned on going in and adding the tiny details of the fur, etc. But I finally decided that that would take too long and was probably never going to happen, so I recently decided it was finished…. for now anyway. It reminds me of a quote:

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

– Leonardo da Vinci

So true, y’all. Anyway, moving on.

Our family has been pretty involved with the Options Pregnancy Center of Ava this past year. A while ago they asked me to make this graphic for them.

OPC graphic

In Earnest’sย words, “It shore is graphic.” Okay…OPC graphic - Copy - Copy

This was also done in GIMP and I had a lot of help and pointers from my sister. Then theย lady who asked us to do it requested one with the writing and flowers in blue. This was easy-peasy, thanks to layers and the Hue-Saturation Tool.

Back in March I got a commission to make a poster….

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David and Goliath poster 16×20

….and have it finished before the weekend. Yes. *Crazed laughter* This was the drawing that inspired my post on surviving an intense deadline. I got the commission Saturday night, worked out the details and started it on Sunday, finished it on Wednesday, got it scanned on Thursday, and emailed her the file on Friday. Whew. I don’t like deadlines that tight, but I did enjoy rereading the story of David and Goliath and setting up a “fearless” themed music playlist to get me in the mood. ๐Ÿ˜‰


What you are seeing here are some gesture sketches from my sketchbook. I had never done any gesture sketches before and wasn’t quite sure how to do it, so my first attempts were a little awkward. It was finally starting to feel natural when I drew the volley ball digger.

(The reason they’re numbered is because I was planning on doing one hundred gestures. Yeah… I got to 47.)


Here are dome hands and feet I drew for practice. My brother noted that most of the hands I drew are lefts hands. Hmm… I wonder why that is… XD



I don’t really do a lot of self-portraits, but these were a lot of fun. I’m kind of hooked on this style now.

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“As the rain falls from heaven, I’m lost in your love/
You’re overwhelming, Jesus” – Leeland “The Door”

I’ve wanted to draw a picture of someone dancing in the rain for a while. The perfect opportunity arose when my siblings were playing outside and it started raining. Ari started dancing around and having a good time. Of course as soon as I grabbed my camera and ran outside to snap a picture he stopped and just stared like a deer in the headlights. So I hung out on the porch, trying to be as inconspicuous as possible while taking pictures and videos. I showed it to him while I was working on it and he said he liked it, so all was cool.

More recently, I’ve been trying out a new form of art. I’m calling it “Saxophone Case Graffiti”.


This C7 (that has already started rubbing off)ย wasย actually created because I kept leaving my chord sheets at home. For those of you who don’t know, I play tenor saxophone in our church’s worship band, and chord sheets are pretty important. So, I borrowed a gold sharpie from my Dad, and got to work. I haven’t forgotten my chord sheets since. I see this as an absolute win.

…But I didn’t comprehend how addictive drawing with a gold sharpie on black plastic would be, and I already knew what I was going to do next: a Bible verse!

After searching long and hard for the perfect Bible verse to write on my case I stumbled upon Psalm 33:3. The literal translation from Hebrew is: “Sing to Him a new song; play well among shouts of joy.” It was perfect. So once again I unsheathed the golden sharpie…

Shiru-lo shir chadash; heyitibu nagen, bitru’a

If you look closely you can see that a certain two year old created his own graffiti masterpiece underneath. XD

And to wrap this post up, here’s a little behind the scenes of my illustration for The Aristocrat and the Legume.ย 


Ah, reference. It’s so important. Even if you have to take pictures of yourself looking lovey-dovily into space. It’s worth it, folks.

I had a really hard time getting the prince’s skin tone right and it looked pretty grayish for a while. I tried just giving him dark skin, but my ever-helpful brothers said it didn’t look right, so that didn’t end up happening. ๐Ÿ˜›ย 

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been busy with these past few months. What’ve you been up to lately? Is anyone else doing Camp NaNoWriMo?

Let me know in the comments, and as always,

!ื›ืœ ื”ืชื”ื™ืœื” ื”ื•ืœื›ืช ืœืืœื•ื”ื™ื

(All glory goes to God!) ๐Ÿ™‚



11 Replies to “In Which I Dump Art…”

  1. Great art, wish I could draw like that… I mean I was the one who drew the one of star lord, but still… and I love the one of MegaMinds parents, and the one of Rocket and Groot… is this comment to long? OK I’ll stop

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  2. Best post ever. Loved every word and picture. The talent in the Sleep family is amazing. (What is XD?)
    When do I get the picture of you and your award winning drawing from the Ave Art guild competition?? As grandma I have bragging rights.
    Love you all.

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  3. I like your self portraits. You totally nailed the expressions! My favorite is the bottom left one. The face looks the most like you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Hey Chalice!
    Those are amazing!
    Eliyah is almost obsessed with your blog, she LOVES your drawings.
    She has looked at it every day (I think) since Grace told her what it was named.
    And Uncle Joey even showed his David and Goliath poster on a sermon he gave, he really likes it!
    And tell Earnest and Tzipi they did a great job as well!


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