Week 25: Looking Inward

If you were to look at your social media page as a stranger, would you recognize who you are? We’re not talking about a physical representation of you, but would you recognize your dreams, your deepest thoughts, your hopes and dreams? Our society tells us to flood our feeds with selfies and pictures that show our good side.

Artists over the ages have immortalized themselves within their art, capturing their likeness in their works. But artists often leave clues on the page revealing a deeper meaning or truth about themselves.

This week, the challenge is to look inwards as you create a self portrait that reveals who or what you want people to know about you. This could be a hope or a fear, something nobody knows or something nobody would expect, or it could be a dream of who you hope to become. Any way, make it personal. Look inwards, past a physical description of who you are.

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Week 22: Memorial

Today, we celebrate Memorial Day.  Today is not about cookouts and barbecues. It’s not about sales and hanging out at the beach. Today is a day to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.

Today, and this week, the challenge is to honor the brave men and women who gave their lives while serving in our nations armed forces.

If you know someone who has laid down their life for this country, be it a family member or a friend, dedicate this weeks drawing to them. Make it personal and your drawing will become more powerful than you could ever make it on your own.

If you are interested in joining in, even if it is your first time, we’d love to have you join us. Please follow these simple steps to submit in your drawings to be shared!

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Week 20: Law Enforcement

This week is Law Enforcement Appreciation Week, so this week is a shout out to the men and women who make up the Thin Blue Line.

The challenge this week is to create a drawing inspired by Law Enforcement and Police.

Have fun with it!

If you are interested in joining in, even if it is your first time, we’d love to have you! Please follow these simple steps to submit in your drawings to be shared!

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The sketch in my sketchbook and the larger, finished drawing to honor the Thin Blue Line. – STKerr

Week 16: Faith

We will go with another open ended prompt this week: Faith.

This past weekend, the Christian world celebrated Good Friday and Easter. Resurrection Sunday. The most important celebration of the Christian faith.

This week, the challenge is to draw something that defines your personal faith. Something that defines what you believe.

If you are interested in joining in, even if it is your first time, We’d love to have you! Please follow these simple steps to submit in your drawings to be shared!

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For me, faith has meant becoming a warrior. To fight every day to love unconditionally. – STKerr

Week 15: Stories

One of the difficult things to do when it comes to art of any kind is to tell a story through a single image. I think about some of the classical painters and how their paintings told stories, or at least captured parts of the larger story. That is the challenge this week, to draw a story.

Try to avoid the use of panels (like a comic strip or graphic novel page), but focus on a single image that tells a story.

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“The Hunter” – STKerr

2017 Week 4: That Which Surrounds Us

We all have our spaces in which we choose to work. Sometimes it is a studio space. Other times it is a really comfortable chair. Or a local hang out place. Or a kitchen table. A desk. The floor. Artist create art wherever they find themselves, but we all love that one spot to work. It gives us the most peace and comfort to allow the creative juices to flow.

This week, it’s all about the work space. Locate the spot that is most comfortable for you to create stuff. Draw it.

Look at what’s in front of you and put it onto the page. That is this weeks drawing challenge.

Don’t get intimidated about trying to get every detail perfect, but let your personality flow through what you choose to surround yourself with. If it makes you more comfortable, think of it as a still life. Either way, while you are drawing, remember to smile and have fun!

If you are interested in joining in on this crazy journey, please follow these simple steps to submit in your drawings to be shared!

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I do most of my work at the table in my apartment. While I also use the second room as an art studio, I tend to use it only when painting. – STKerr

Week 52: Looking Back

The end of the year is upon us. It is often a time of reflection and a chance to look back to see how far we have come, how much we have grown. It is also a time to brace ourselves for another year of adventures, friendships, trials, and challenges.

As we finish out the year, the challenge of this week will be a little open ended: Looking Back.

This can mean a couple things, so I’ll give you some ideas to run with. Actual subject matter; draw something looking back at where it once was. Technique: Have the sketchbook in front of you and draw something behind you, forcing you to choose to either look at what you are drawing, or the drawing itself (almost like a blind drawing, but not quite). Or take it in your own direction: Draw yourself looking back at you from the page? Draw something from this past year that you wish to remember (or forget).

There are many ways you can interpret this, but remember, there is one thing that is the most important: have fun!

Everyone is welcome to join in on this adventure. Please follow these simple steps to send in your drawings and participate.

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This was a quick drawing that I did with pen and pencil. Not really based on anyone specifically, but I did reference a couple different people that were around me. – STKerr

Week 49: K.I.S.S.

A lot of times we, as artists, overthink what we are doing. We go in to extreme detail about what’s in front of us in the attempt to find perfections. We need to have every fold of fabric perfectly shaded, every line evenly spaced in our crosshatching, or the color to match the ones we see in real life. We over-analyze. We chase perfection. We loose sight of the larger picture.

Some times we have to remind ourselves to slow down. To stop for moment. To breathe.

I’m not sure where or when I first heard the phrase “Keep It Simple, Stupid” but so often I have to say it to myself or I will loose myself in a drawing, a piece of writing, and/or a painting. K.I.S.S.

That is the challenge this week. Keeping it simple. Don’t overthink it (the challenge or the drawing) and remember that creating art should be fun.

Everyone is welcome to join in on this adventure. Please follow these simple steps to send in your drawings and participate.

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This was a quick figure drawing / sketch that I did based off of some of my co-workers talking the other morning. Quick lines to define forms. Sketches with little to no detail is how I get back to the basics. – STKerr

Week 47: Thanksgiving

This Thursday is Thanksgiving. It’s the time of year we gather with friends and family to celebrate everything we are thankful for. This usually means feasting on pumpkin and/or pecan pie and large amounts of turkey.

This weeks challenge is to draw something that you are thankful for. Or something that reminds you of why you are thankful.

Everyone is welcome to join in on this adventure. Please follow these simple steps to send in your drawings and participate.

Week 45: Dragons

Earlier this evening, a good friend of mine shared a writing prompt with me. It stated: “Write about the dragon who saves the princess from the knight.”

This week, it’s all about the dragons. Use this prompt as inspiration or just focus on a wicked looking dragon. Either way, have fun!

Everyone is welcome to join in on this adventure. Please follow these simple steps to send in your drawings and participate.

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This little guy (and the story written beneath him) came out of several nights of drawing and learning how to draw dragons (specifically the head, they are shaped weird). The dragon is the protector of the princess. – STKerr