First, let me apologize for the quality of some of these scans; the drawings I've done in pencil just don't scan very well. I've boosted the contrast a bit, but they still don't look as clear as they do in real life. Still, you'll get the overall idea.
From synergy: Go out to a local park or nearby natural area and draw the habitat of your new/temp hometown.
For some reason, I didn't remember the word "habitat" in this, and I focused less on plants, and more on capturing something that seemed typically "Pennsylvanian." I might do this one again and do JUST a natural setting, but for now, here's the one I drew with this prompt in mind. I drew this at Morris Arboretum, trying to capture the way this building looked as framed by the trees (I ran out of steam before I drew all the trees, though). :D I think this looks pretty craptastic right now, but I might work on it a bit more. I think there's potential here for something good, if I put in a bit more effort.
ETA: I forgot I also took photos of the scene I was sketching. Here is one of them:
Next, from pussreboots: 1) Draw the view out your window. 2) Draw what you imagine the view from your window in Puerto Rico will be.
Here is number 1. The view from our window is really not very appealing - a huge, overgrown parking lot with an abandoned warehouse (or manufacturing facility?) behind it. There are train tracks, though, and the trains go by twice and hour throughout most of the day. I think the hardest thing about this for me was trying to get the perspective "right" (and I wasn't particularly successful).
Finally, I've drawn a few things in response to the prompt given me by syrinxkat: give me a classic Western dragon from a famous image or piece of art, then give me one from your mind's eye. If you take issue with "classic" portrayals of dragons, let the mind's eye image reflect that.
First, I'll share a drawing I did back in July, when Connor and I were playing around with drawing dragons. This is a completely original attempt, although not a particularly satisfying one. (Also, sorry about the image quality; I had to scan it in sections):
Fast-forward to yesterday. In response to this prompt, I chose some artwork from the gorgeous "Dragonology" book (these books contain some of my all-time favorite dragon illustrations). Here's the original I chose:
First, I copied it in pencil:
Then, again, using markers:
Finally, I did a second version in markers, but this time I tried to sketch more quickly, not trying to stay as faithful to the original. I was trying to do something more abstract, although what I had in mind before I started was not the way this turned out. It's all right, though, and I'm starting to feel more comfortable with the markers:
Finally, I drew an entirely new dragon, completely out of my head. I like the way the head turned out, although I need some anatomy lessons, I think, when it comes to drawing the body. :D
I intend to keep working on dragons, until I've come up with something that I really love. Oh! And I did try the "drawing without looking at the paper exercise" you suggested. It was fun, although Connor was unable to do it without peeking. D: I'll post about that next time I write about the work C and I are doing with the "Drawing With Children" book.
Thanks everyone, for the prompts - I'm going to keep working on them, and will post more soon. :)