Want inspiration to take on your own challenge? Check out Sarah’s first self published book: “100 Gryphons.”
Join Sarah on a journey through 100 gryphon drawings. Explore and color the ink drawings. Search for trends, changes and improvement through the course of 100 days of inking. This book contains all 100 gryphons drawn for the challenge along with notes, development sketches, and the story of how it all happened. Let this book inspire you to take on challenges, persevere and achieve your goals.
The Gryphon Challenge
“The ‘Gryphon Challenge’ began as my first attempt at a challenge called InkTober, where an artist does one ink drawing for every day of October and shares it on social media. After drawing gryphons for my first couple InkTober drawings, I decided to make them my theme for October. Now, this was a real challenge for me. I hadn’t been drawing that much and I mostly just sketch, with very little inking or colour. I was very pleased when I managed to complete InkTober without missing a day, 31 gryphons in 31 days.
The pressure was off. I had done it. The next day I inked another gryphon, and another the next day. I wondered, “How long could I keep this up?” The challenge had gotten me drawing every day. I made a commitment and fulfilled it. It felt good to know I could finish something if I set my mind to it. I set a goal of 100 days of gryphons and decided to call it the Gryphon Challenge.
The challenge took me from October, through November, December and into January. I went though more sketchbook pages in that period than I had the whole year before. I drew, I inked, I improved. I learned how to ink with a brush pen. I even did a little inking with a paintbrush (which was actually really fun). I did sketch studies of birds, inked freehand (without a pencil sketch), and stayed up late at night drawing.
I shared photos of all my gryphon drawings on Facebook, Twitter and Deviantart. The book contains even more than what I shared online; development sketches, extra ink gryphons that didn’t make the cut, bird studies and more. It provides some artistic background to support the actual ink gryphons for each day. It is a little look into my sketchbook as I took this journey through 100 gryphons.” – Sarah Foote
About the “100 Gryphons” Art Book
“100 Gryphons” is a self published book by Sarah Foote containing the art, story and background surrounding the Gryphon Challenge. The gryphons were drawn over the course of 100 days in Fall 2015 and into 2016. Work on the book began in the winter of 2016 and 100 copies where finally printed in July 2016. This is the first book Sarah has ever made.
The books are 100 pages, black and white and 8.5″ square. They cost $30 each because of the high cost of printing only 100 books. Sarah is hoping to sell enough books to break even.