SkADaMo 2013

October 28, 2013

SkADaMo 2013 post monkey

So, November is almost here! That means all the cool challenges are fixin’ to start soon. There’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) and PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month), of which I am a participant of again this year.)

There are probably a bunch more, but suffice it to say, November is a busy month for some.

For the past two years, I thought, just to heap even more onto my plate, I’d make November a “sketch a day month” or SkADaMo (SkADaMo 2012, SkADaMo 2011) , for myself. Just trying to get back to the early days of my blog when I feverishly posted just about every single day. When my synapses seemed to be firing on all cylinders and ideas where presenting themselves to me faster than I could sketch or write them down.

Sigh. Those were good days.

This exercise may not have gotten me back to that place completely, but it did get the ole synapses firing again. And I figure between attempting a picture book idea a day and a sketch/blog post a day, I’ll at least have a notebook/sketchbook/blog filled with chicken scratches of some sort or another again this year.

Better than blank pages and outdated blog posts, I say.

I even made a badge for myself the past couple of years and one again this year.

I may be the only participant, but by golly I have a badge!

If anyone wants to join in, they are more than welcome to grab this badge, off to the side here and start sketching.



“What are the rules?” You may ask.

1. THERE ARE NO RULES! NO SIGN UP! NO REGISTRATION! NO GIVEAWAYS OR GUEST POSTERS!  No regulations, themes, daily words, Facebook pages or anything else resembling organization. Just lots of sketching, commenting back and forth and hopefully lots of inspiration and craft honing!
SkADaMoers are scoff-laws and Mavricks! (Really, I’m just not that organized.) The only code we live by this month is SKETCH! SKETCH! SKETCH! Sketch everyday from November 1 to November 30,or at least try to.
You may not sketch every single day, but by golly you will have tried and you’ll have more sketches in your sketchbook at the end of November than you might have otherwise.
So, there’s that!

2. If you send me a link to your blog, (or wherever you are posting your SkADaMo sketches) I will keep a running list of all the participants and their links on my blog. This way we can all keep in touch and root each other on. If there are any broken links, bad links, I forgot anyone, misspelled anyone’s name or any other heinous act was performed, please let me know and I’ll do my best to correct it.

3. Smile, this is fun!

Sketch on my fellow SkADaMoers, (should there be any!)


117 Responses to “SkADaMo 2013”

  1. sageandgracedesigns Says:

    Can’t wait! Last year was so fun 🙂


  2. I am going to give this a try!

  3. Laura Zarrin Says:

    I’m all in! Gulp…

  4. Yay! I’ve got the badge. I love the monkey. We don’t have rules, but I have a goal: to post my sketches more than three times this year. I’ll be spreading the word for you starting tomorrow. Thank-you!

  5. Why not I say! Count me in!!!

  6. Leah Danczyk Says:

    Hooray! Count me in! My blog is (it’s very new, with not much to it, so SkADaMo is going to be verrry helpful!)

  7. I’m in again! So glad you are hosting SkADaMo for another round, Linda!

  8. Heather Soodak Says:

    Thanks for sharing, yes I would like to participate in Skadamo!

    • sketched out Says:

      Yay Julie! You blew my mind last year. Can’t wait to see what awesomeness comes out of you this year!

      • Blew your mind, huh? Now, how can I approach the challenge in a relaxed state, huh? Guess I’ll have to call on my inner-Vincent (Yep, van Gogh still ‘speaks’ to me.) And there were times you might have thought you were weird? Gah!

      • sketched out Says:

        Hee hee, no pressure, Julie! I was just really happy to have stumbled upon your work threw SkADaMo. You work and your wonderful blog! Oh, and please say hello to Vincent for me! (0;

  9. I’m so beyond my means with time, so why not?! Count me in! I may or may not post them since I do not have a blog, just a website , and I’m too tech challenged to post them there. But I’ll be sketching!
    I love your logo! I’m making a dummy for my pb right now and in it there is a monkey who draws.

    • sketched out Says:

      Yay Wendy! That’s great. The only thing that matters is you have fun and are inspired to do what you love. Posting is optional (0; However, if you have a Tumblr or a Flickr account, you can post there as well.

  10. Jacqui Says:

    This looks really great. I have signed up for PiBoIdMo for the first time so may as well give it a full effort and join this too. Sketching is more my thing anyway. And I need to get back to doing it daily. Thanks for the prompt. Look forward to sharing over the month.

  11. Kevin Parks Says:

    I’m ready to give it another go

  12. applenpear Says:

    Reblogged this on Apple N Pear and commented:
    Wow, nearly November already, which I’ve come to regard as __ __ __ Mo month (insert any 3 syllables, add Mo and you have your project for the month). But of all the choices SkaDaMo is the most fun to say. It rolls of the tongue nicely and makes me want to say bazinga!
    I’ve been so busy with assignments that I don’t think I have enough time to do participate this month, but this looks fun…very tempting…could do this if I stick to simple objects and don’t post everyday…

  13. I’d like to join in this too! Here’s my horribly neglected art blog: and I’ll post them on my fb illustration page as well:

  14. […] them to 3 syllables, add Mo and you have your project for the month). But of all the choices SkaDaMo (Sketch a Day Month) is the most fun to say. It rolls of the tongue nicely and makes me want to say […]

  15. Karen Lee Says:

    I’m needing some new in my life so …I’m in!

  16. Adrienne May Says:

    This will be my first year. Very keen for SkaDaMo 2013!

  17. Adrienne May Says:

    Sorry, I forgot my blog link. Here it is:

  18. Ok, I’m in. Don’t have an active blog, so I guess I’ll post sketches on my FB page for my book if thats ok. WooooHooooo!

  19. Jessie Says:

    This is so great! Here is my blog

  20. I’m in! SkADaMo was so much fun last year that I never stopped creating a sketch-a-day. In May, I invited others to Doodle with me and Doodle Day was created. So far, I have not missed a day in 2013. Thank you for the inspiration and getting me on started on such a great path. : )

  21. Autumn Says:

    What a great idea! I’m in! This is gonna be fun!

  22. Gracie Says:

    This is a wonderful idea! Count me in! Here’s a link to my blog:

  23. Yvonne Mes Says:

    Have empty sketchbook, have newish but sagging blog, am doing PiBoIdMo, my synapses are ready to go! I love the no pressure vibe.

  24. Louann Brown Says:

    I was just wondering if there was anything like this for illustration. LOVE the idea. (And think of all the revision and fleshing out we can do when the snows fly!) Thanks for the op. I’m gonna try to keep up.

  25. Cecilia Says:

    I would love to be challenging myself with this, I need to sketch to go with PiBoIdMo so why not. 🙂 the more the merrier, bring it on! and all that bluster.

    • Cecilia Says:

      Do we simply upload our sketches to our own blogs? 🙂 I am so excited really. I get to play with new technology, well new to me anyway.

  26. Susanna Says:

    Great!! I hope it inspires me a bit more to sketch a bit more….lately I don’t sketch so much….
    And this is a good “hand in the back thing”!!


  27. Love.Ewe Says:

    I think this may be just what I need. Thanks, Linda!!

  28. Mike R Baker Says:

    I’m gonna do it, Linda. Thanks for creating this.

  29. Thank you, Linda! Now to dust off my blog password… it’s here somewhere… =)

  30. Awesome, can’t wait to start sketching. Sometimes you need something like this to push you in the right direction. I mentioned it on my blog as well.
    Thanks Linda for organizing this.

  31. Bobbie Dacus Says:

    I’m going to do it, too Linda! Excited and scared! Here is my blog which is sorely in need of updating

  32. sarahpecorino Says:

    I’m in! It’s not like I have anything else going on 😉

  33. Laura rackham Says:

    This sounds like so much fun-can’t wait to get started

  34. Two Britts Says:

    Looking forward to pairing this with PiBoIdMo! I’ll be posting my sketches here…

    Thanks a bunch!!

  35. I’m going to do this too !!!

    I have two blogs. This is probably where I’ll post my sketches.

    This one is where I interview people… anyone interested, let me know. I would love to host you. 🙂

  36. nessa dee Says:

    Looking forward to sketching!

  37. Linda I am so happy to participate, but nervous as well. Here is my blog

  38. Maria Koch Says:

    I don’t have a blog, but I’ll give it a try. It sounds like fun!

  39. Daniela Weil Says:

    Let’s give it a go, see what happens! Thanks for the encouragement!
    Daniela Weil

  40. Mary Flynn Says:

    I going to do try and keep up with this, I’m looking forward to it. Thank you. Here is my blog

  41. This sounds like fun! I missed Inktober, so SKADAMO sounds like the perfect opportunity to make myself work on my craft, and post on my blog.

  42. You rock lady! Last year was so much fun…I can’t wait to see what you come up with this month!

  43. JG Says:

    Thanks for the inspiration to get sketching… just the prod I needed 🙂
    I’m following after Karen Lee posted about it on her blog. I see I will be in good company.

  44. Dana Atnip Says:

    Thank you, Linda! I love seeing your sketches and artwork! I look forward to participating in SkADaMo this year! Thank you for the inspiration!

  45. Kyrstin Says:

    Love this idea, will definitely try to participate!

    My blog is 🙂

  46. Amanda Says:

    I’m in! …a day late because I forgot to post here. But I did my sketch yesterday!

  47. Maybe it’s not too late for me. I hope I can keep up or catch up. My blog is at

  48. Hi Linda! I did this last year on my own, so started the sketch of the day on my own. Would love to join in with your groupies! My address:
    Thanks for inviting!

  49. sketched out Says:

    It’s never really too late, because remember, no rules. It’s all about the sketchin’. So welcome aboard newcomers!

  50. Cathy Says:

    I would love to join in from windy and rainy Ireland if I’m not too late? I’ve just started a new blog. Also taking part in PiBoIdMo for first time. Cathy

  51. Jill Tadros Says:

    I’m a couple of days late and more than a few dollars short, but I am in.

  52. pippa Says:

    I’m going to give this a go. My blog is

  53. Hello! Count me in! Here’s a link to my blog:


  54. Martin Hand Says:

    hi there,
    just to let you know i’m joining in with SkADaMo2013 this year (thanks to encouragement from lee kennedy) – i’m updating on facebook & twitter daily (using the tag #SkADaMo2013) – & have just posted my 1st three sketches/dodgy doodles on my livejournal blog here:
    GOOD LUCK to everybody taking part!
    best wishes,
    Martin Hand/@worldofagwu
    sunday 3rd November 2013

  55. Meg Miller Says:

    Oh cool! I’m a little late to the game, but I’ve been drawing with my kiddos, so have actually sketched November, so far. 😀 I adore your art Linda, so adorable and fun. 🙂

  56. Late, but intrigued. Will try to keep up with this challenge as well as do NaNo & PiBoIdMo. Should be a fun month! Enjoying your sketches!

  57. I’m in! So glad you created SkADaMo! Thank you very much!!!

  58. Please add me to your links and I will start posting sketches starting tomorrow. Cheers.


  59. Jan Watford Says:

    This sounds like fun. I want to try it. I will be posting my sketches on my blog,

  60. suedfrye Says:

    Please count me in! I’m new to sketching, but I’m up for the challenge:)

  61. blanchebaxter Says:

    Okay, I’m trying it this year! Excited to participate in SkaDaMo. It sounds awesome, and I’ve got a new shiny blog which will be the perfect place for me to try out some sketches!
    Hoping this will get me back into sketching, posting a couple times this month, and keeping it going through the year!

  62. dzipeto Says:

    Just found this via PiBoIdMo, but I’m gonna do it for the rest of the month! Great badge 🙂

  63. Cecilia Says:

    thank you for Skadamo, I drew and drew and drew through November and have not yet stopped. I am doing the ho ho christmas/holiday themed sketches too and intend to just keep sketching every day. Thank you again for giving me a kick start to my art.

  64. Jacqui Says:

    Hi Linda, am hoping you will be doing this again this year. Yes?

  65. Helllllooooo!!!! Linda. . .we are chompin’ at the bit here. I’ll be doing SkADaMo 2014 over on my blog all by my whittle self but sure won’t feel the same without our Queen Mother leading the way.

  66. […] may not be present  and accounted for on every day this month. but I will try to do SkaDaMo 2014 with as much verve as […]

  67. AshleyWolff Says:

    Just pubbed my 1st post at I am so glad to be part of this community.

    • June Says:

      I’ll try to join in too, though my posts on my blog may be less frequent than daily.
      Nice to know others will still be doing the same.

  68. jacquipp Says:

    I am putting my sketches up on both my facebook page and blog

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