After EMGSketchFest 1

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Ellen Million Graphics promotes creativity in quite the festive fashion! We maintain a coloring group on Facebook, where members receive free coloring pages to color and show off to friends and family. We maintain Portrait Adoption, a gallery where players of RPGs (or even Game Masters or simply writers) can find their characters. And we host monthly Sketch Fests where any artist can participate in a 48-hour period where they have permission to sketch freely, to experiment boldly, and not focus on perfection.

In Sketch Fest, you get one hour to work on a particular illustration – or knitting project or piece of jewelry or whatever your particular creative form may be. After an hour, you put it down. (You can work on it in subsequent hours if you don’t yet wish to move on to the next thing.) There are prompts contributed to each Sketch Fest by participants and watchers, so inspiration is provided if you don’t bring your own. Each artist shares their pieces in the Sketch Fest gallery, where participants and watchers can comment. And artists can even sell their creations – either the original or prints, right through the gallery!

EMG’s Sketch Fest has been going for 7 years and we’ll celebrate our 100th Sketch Fest in June. That’s dozens upon dozens of participating artists contributing over 18,000 sketches (or other created items)!

It’s amazing.

It’s inspiring.

It’s exciting! So we’re honoring some of those artists today, showing off the pieces they started during a Sketch Fest and finished later, finalizing their sketches into breathtaking works of art.










We begin with “Wisdom,” a serene and striking scene sketched by Inge Geertsma during Sketch Fest #81, inspired by Tara N. Colna’s prompt of “The Snowy Owl.” Working within the Skech Fest hour, Inge detailed the main figure – a winged woman – and more loosely sketched out a tree and its branches, rife with edged ovals that would later become owls. “Owls are so nice to draw,” Inge said. She completed the painting two months later in January of 2017 – with details so lovely you can feel the cold, see the wind ruffling the snowy owls’ feathers, and admire the dreamcatcher clasped in her lady’s hands.


During October 2013’s Sketch Fest #43, Afke van Herpt answered Miss Ava’s “use as many colours as you can” prompt with characteristic verve. In “As Many Colors,” a woman with multicolored hair took shape under her hands, rainbow electric. Afke said, “I’ve decided to use all the Copic colors I have in one picture. I ran out of time, used 79 out of my 99 so far (skin hues and grays still remaining).” Afke firmed up the woman’s form, lightened her shoulder, and threw that fabulous hair into even greater relief a couple of years later.

We close with “Generating Light,” a sketch by Mary Rose Magpily she created a couple of months ago during Sketch Fest #91. Her soft sketch of a vague female forming hovering in a light bulb held aloft before a larger person’s face afterward became a full-color illustration reminiscent of an illustrated novel – luminescent and bright, with that ineffable comic quality.

Thank you to all the artists who participate each month in Sketch Fest – we enjoy the privilege of watching you work! And for everyone who’d like to play next Sketch Fest – it’s December 9th through 11th. (Here’s the Facebook event, if you please.) We look forward to seeing you there!

Don’t forget to use our official hashtag on social media: #EMGSketchFest.

That’s a Wrap on EMG Sketch Fest 93!

That’s a wrap, folks! We’re putting #EMGSketchFest 93 to bed, though you may see some additional illustrations added to the gallery – don’t forget to visit and explore. You also might find some new art to decorate your walls or gift to friends and family for the winter holidays.

How about a last few featured illustrations? Sounds great to me!

“Ice Dragon” by Cindy Hill

Cindy Hill did two sketches this Sketch Fest and one of them is this great “Ice Dragon” with finely segmented scales. This is a work-in-progress and it’s pretty cool.

“Word Salade” by Francis Bax

This clever combination of decorative fonts is the work of Francis Bax – she plans to finish this “Word Salade” up later!

“Healing Heart” by Afke van Herpt

Inspired by Becca “Boo” Moore’s prompt of “Frozen Heart,” Afke van Herpt’s mind conjured up this image – and she created it as a stamp! It’s a bit off-prompt, but still fabulous.

“Majestic Deer” by Amy Sue Stirland

Amy Sue Stirland sketched this “Majestic Deer,” and expects it’ll make a fine watercolor. We’ll have to keep an eye out for what she does this with this one!

“Let It Rain” by Maria J. William

We close with Maria J. William’s “Let It Rain,” a gorgeous illustration of fairy beauty and abandon as this tiny creature with butterfly wings dances in the rain beneath a leafy umbrella. You can get the original sketch, 6″ x 8″ colored pencil and white charcoal on toned paper. Prints available for $5 – $10.

We hope you enjoyed this #EMGSketchFest weekend! If you’re new, we do these every month and everyone’s invited – just register at the site. You can submit prompts or even participate with creations of every stripe – from jewelry and crochet to illustrations and stamps.

#EMGSketchFest 94 is December 8 – 10: we hope to see you there

EMG Sketch Fest 93 is nearly done!

The clock is ticking down, my friends, to the time when #EMGSketchFest 93 is put to bed! But we’re not quite there yet, so there’s still time to participate – and so many wonders to appreciate. Join me for a sneak peek!

“Snow Leopard” by Nathalie Reinholz

Nathalie sketched this adorable little “Snow Leopard” that captures a bit of that Zootopia spirit quite nicely! You can pick up this postcard-sized original for only $30! Ink on watercolor paper.

“Winter Unicorn” by Ellen Million

This shaggy beauty appears courtesy of Ellen Million and her pencil! This shaggy “Winter Unicorn” is 5.5″ x 8.5″ and the original’s available (to be cleaned up and finished a little more) for $20.

“Moon Crown” by Mayumi Ogihara

Mayumi Ogihara depicted this “Moon Crown” and its lovely bearer with colored pencils, pastels, acrylic, and glitter on toned paper. “I added some glitters on her crown and the fur which you can’t see in the scanned image, but they’re quite sparkly,” she adds. She’s offering the original for only $27, and you can get various prints for $6 – $12.

“Mr. Tumnus and the Lamp Post” by Caitlin Woods

This last one is a winter classic! Caitlin Woods sketched Mr. Tumnus as we first met him in Narnia. It does remind one of a certain gifty time of year!

That’s it for now – head on over to the main #EMGSketchFest 93 gallery for more!

Welcome to November’s EMG Sketch Fest!

Afternoon, everyone! Have you been enjoying #EMGSketchFest 93? We’ve been partying with snow-unicorns, an elephant, leopards, last leaves, and more. It’s been a relaxing and meditative event so far, perfect for a relaxing Saturday before the holiday season gets into full swing.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

“Last Leaf” by Sally Gilroy

A chilly scene by Sally Gilroy still conveys that some playfulness marks the gateway between autumn and winter. Graphite and marker.

“Fox and Raven” by Kathy Nutt

Kathy Nutt has sketched a delicately lovely tableau of fox and raven within trees and before the moon. Micron pen sketch.

“Angelic” by Tricia Danby

A serene angel takes form under Tricia Danby’s hands, clad in lushly royal purple, with a darling owl companion.

“Dragonborn” by Rowan Lewgalon

Soulful eyes belie the “Dragonborn” in this pretty portrait by Rowan Lewgalon. You can get a print of this one for $15!

“Old Soul” by Peter van Herpt

Peter van Herpt has shared an “Old Soul” with us in a fantastic elephant sketch. Created using Conté crayons.

You know what you should do now, yeah? Click on over and enjoy the full #EMGSketchFest 93 gallery! And check back here later for more highlights.

Still Up? Come Sketch Fest!

November is upon us, and some of us have seen snow already! (Just don’t bring it up with Ellen.) Which means our very first submitted work for #EMGSketchFest 93 is not a surprise:

“Ice Dragon” by Anastasia Bisel

Anastasia Bisel has brought us a fantastic sketch of an ice dragon, and I definitely feel colder already. Perfect excuse to curl up with this cup of hot chocolate before bed, in my opinion!

Check out the full gallery and join us tomorrow for more #EMGSketchFest 93. Leave prompts or create art yourself if you’re registered! And don’t forget to use our official hashtag when sharing or chatting on social media. Goodnight!