Silly idea in pixel art 🎨 for a Strava profile pic. I won’t be using it, though.

pixel art of runner tagged know wing

Aside from the clear spelling error.


And the struggle continues. Only 7 days left for Inktober Classic and only a poor observational skill to help me through 31 drawings from direct observation. It won’t be pretty, nor (even remotely) compete with established pen artists on Instagram, if I even knew who they were. 🎨

ballpoint pen sketch of three soap containers

Based on a fuzzy photo in the rain, this morning I used it as a reference for this pencil sketch. The result is what it is, but it’s a result despite the fear of failure. The latter is silly πŸ™ƒ since nothing is threatening me, nor has failing real consequences. 🎨

pen sketch of good running friend


Today’s ballpoint pen sketch from observation. It’s still hard to get into the mood of drawing, especially if there’s so much noise around to distract me 🎨

ballpoint sketch of pot with flowering plant

Observational sketch with ballpoint pen in a notebook 🎨


More experimenting. I made a frame of 120 x 108 mm on paper in my notebook and sketched a fox from a photo reference with ballpoint pen. Next I scanned it and tried to create a pixel art outline, which I filled with flat colors. 🎨 It’s too many steps to feel “easy to do.”

ballpoint pen sketch of a foxpixel art sketch of a fox


So perhaps I should do some urban sketching with a notebook and a pen. Here’s two sketches of my two Bengal cats in low-low resolution (16x16) 🎨🐱Perhaps the resolution should be more like 64x64 pixels for better recognizability, or even higher, 160x144. So more experiments…

Notebook page with initial pixel art sketchesdigital pixel art of two cats in a 16x16 pixel grid


So swordtember turned out to be a big failure. It seems I’m really bad at routine and habit forming. Nevertheless, I turned to Reddit gets Drawn, and drew this woman 🎨 No idea if I can keep this up. I haven’t posted it on Reddit, because I don’t like it myself, so why would she?

pixel art of woman with goggles on her hair

This month I’m doing swordtember. Number 1 is the longsword, done as pixel art 🎨

Swordtember number 1, longsword pixel art


I like the design esthetics of this pixel art drawing I made in August. After being burnt out from self-challenges earlier this year, maybe I should pick up my Apple Pencil again, and join one of the many online suggestions for artistic self-challenges, only more selective this time. If a criterium (draw every day) becomes a target, it loses its usefulness 🎨

bengal cat pixel art


Microβˆ™blog May challenge day 11, “maroon.” Marooned with a tricylce on a maroon colored brick wall πŸ“·πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

wall with maroon colored brick with a pixel art toddler on a tricycle

Pixel Dailies for 8 May 2022 was a quicky, because I was behind. The theme was “organic.” Playing organ with fruit in my mind πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

pixel art keyboard playing organic fruit

Microβˆ™blog May challenge, day 10, “pot.” As usual, words have different meanings, be it a jar or a herb πŸ“·πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

pot of mustard on dinner table with pixel art stoner

Day 9 of microβˆ™blog May challenge #mbm, “bloom.” I have added two kinds of “bloom.” The third is made of iron πŸ“·πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

flower bloom and Harold Bloom pixel art in a bush

Day 8 of the microβˆ™blog May challenge, “union.” πŸ‘―β€β™‚οΈπŸ±πŸ“·πŸŽ¨


Today’s prompt for Pixel Dailies was “clock.” I chose a water clock, the most ancient version of a timepiece, assumably, as an artifact over 6000 years old ⏱πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

pixel art water clock

Today’s Pixel Dailies task was to “pixel a set of units for a Tower Defense game.” I had to look that up, because I had no clue of what was meant, and now I do, nor what I was supposed to draw πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

pixel art of defense units

Today’s prompt for the microβˆ™blog May challenge #mbm was “park.” I recently visited the chapel dedicated to Saint Gertrude of Nivelles, and added some pixel art πŸ“·πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

city park with fantasy rocket drawn in pixel art

Pixel art. Today’s Pixel Dailies theme was “mario64.” I had this complicated fake 3D walk cycle in mind, when I remembered the slogan “think big, draw small.” This usually works when in time constraint πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

Pixel art Mario in a single running pose in a fake 3D circle

Pixel art 🚧 What have I set myself up to for the Pixel Dailies challenge? This may take more hours than there are in a single day πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

screenshot pixaki app on iPad with very rough W.I.P.

Today’s microβˆ™blog May challenge was “earth.” I tried to imagine how Shovel Knight would do a workout in his free time. He moves earth… with a shovel πŸ“·πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

photo with small hill and a pixel art bare muscleman with a shovel in front of it

The theme for today’s Pixel Dailies was “split.” I loosely based my drawing on the James Bond character Oddjob πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

pixel art man in torn up bowler hat with disc in his hand

The fourth day of the microβˆ™blog May challenge was hard, because I had too many solutions. People afraid of burglars can get in a thorny situation when people cutting their hands in a nightly climbing exercise sue the owners for damages, like cuts πŸ“·πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

wall with glass sherds on top, pixel art ants marching on it

Today’s Pixel Dailies theme was isolated, and I chose Worf’s discommendation (from Star Trek NG s03e17 “Sins of the Father.“πŸ–– πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

pixel art scene from star trek next gen

Microβˆ™blog May challenge, day 3, prompt “experimental.” This is an experimental flying carpet, clearly πŸ˜ΈπŸ¦„πŸ“·πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

cat on cushion with magician in pixel art on its back