Sunday 26 October 2014

More sketches for 365 day challenge

I'm trying to post my sketches weekly rather than fortnightly. 
I'm hoping to get back into a regular routine with my blog. 
I miss it and I miss my blog buddies.

Here is a week of sketches for the challenge.
I always sketch directly with pen unless stated otherwise. 

Sushi has become one of our favourite lunches.
 Nowadays, Sushi is basically cooked, vinegared rice 
combined with any preferred assortment of fillings wrapped in seaweed (nori). 
 Traditionally, Japanese Narezushi rice was cooked in fermented fish 
but that is not used for Western-style sushi. 
Bradley and I usually have avocado sushi rolls 
and inari (deep-fried tofu pillows filled with sushi rice) 
with lots of wasabi and soy sauce.  DELICIOUS!

Practising cross-hatching and shading with pen
with Alphonso Dunn.

Bradley (#1 son) bought a set of bongo drums a few months back
and he has become quite adept at playing them.
 It turned out that the air filter was an easy fix and something
I was capable of doing myself.  The guy showed me what to do
and the mower is now running beautifully again.
I'm feeling quite proud of myself!

I'm linking up with Sunday Sketches HERE.


In light of the warmer weather,
the boys were groomed last Friday.

Cody Before

Cody After

Jack Before

Jack After

Unfortunately, Jack didn't react well to the shampoo that the groomer used.
He ended up with severe itching which caused him to scratch and bite at his skin
making a right mess of himself, poor thing.
I gave him a couple of Billy Goat goats' milk soap baths which usually
helps soothe the skin and ease the itching.  He is now sporting one of those cones
on his head to allow time for the wounds to heal.
Hopefully, it will be sooner than later as King Jack is not amused with his 'crown',
he keeps bumping into things with it.

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend.
Mine is almost over....
back to the grind tomorrow.


  1. more lovely sketches :D

    poor jack :/ either used way too much or didnt rinse him off enough

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! Could be....the boys did smell lovely when they come back inside after being groomed so it's possible that Jack has an allergy to the fragrance used in the shampoo. Next time, I will ask her to use unscented and see if that makes a difference. :)

  2. I always love your sketches! I figured your sushi must have been rice. ;) I'd be proud of myself if I could get a mower running well again, too!
    The boys look much cooler. Too bad Jack had such a bad reaction. Poor guy! Karma has suffered from such dry skin for months but she hasn't done any real damage to herself, thank goodness. I hope he's better soon. :)

    1. Thanks, Rita. I was very pleased with myself for fixing the air filter on my own. I'm going to check more into it but I've heard that giving them some Omega 3s (flaxseed oil) in their food helps with dry skin....not sure if that would apply to cats too so best to research it?

  3. enjoyed your journal pages today. The dogs look great all fixed up!

    1. Thanks, Christine. I love when the boys get groomed; it's so much better for them in our summery heat.

  4. Aww... We had a dog called Codi Only spelled a little differently...
    Your sketches are fabulous! I admire you because I am struggling to keep up with the Inktober! :0)

    1. Thanks, Sandra. Believe me, I struggle's highly possible that I may not complete the challenge but it's worth a shot. I took on the challenge because I desperately want to get into the habit of sketching daily and even when I completed the 75 day challenge, it didn't keep me at it daily. I figure 365 days, if I make it, is bound to set me into the daily habit. lol

  5. Beautiful sketches. You are a great illustrator, Serena. Beautiful work!