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 21: EMS

Just as last week was Law Enforcement Week, this week is officially National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. This week is a shout out to the men and women who ride towards the wounded and injured, those who make up the Thin White Line.

This week, the challenge is to honor the Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who serve their communities.

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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Details of a larger piece that incorporates the men and women who serve as Paramedics and EMTs – STKerr

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 19: Mermay

As Sean was browsing art pages on Instagram, he noticed a trend and a hashtag that was just too fun to pass up: #Mermay. The abundance of mermaid drawings, sketches, and paintings that are popping up over social media are the catalyst for this weeks challenge.

The challenge is to draw you version of a mermaid/merman. A half-human, half-sea creature of myth and legend.

As you create your drawing, think about the environment that your creature is in. Allow that to inspire your pen or pencil to move across the page. And have fun!

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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Week 18: May the 4th Be With You (and Cinco de Mayo)

This week, we are having a little fun. The day before you celebrate the Mexican victory over the the French forces at the Battle of Puebla and go on to celebrate the Mexican-American culture that has become part of the nation of the United States, geeks and nerds around the world will smile as they enjoy a pun of their own and quote Star Wars all day. Because the fourth day of May is Star Wars Day. Followed by Cinco de Mayo.

So, the challenge this week is to draw something that celebrates either of these two events. Have fun with it! If you want to push yourself even more, try creating a drawing that celebrates both at the same time!

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!

Week 17: Quick Sketches

There are many times during the day when an idea comes into your head and you don’t have time to sit down and draw, but you have a few seconds to open up the sketchbook and jot down a quick sketch and/or a few words before we get caught up in the moment and continue on our way.

The challenge this week is not to create a refined drawing, but to jot down ideas in those short moments we have in between the rest of our lives. Think 30-45 seconds or less. If you need to use words, then write. Use what you have at hand. If you don’t have a sketchbook with you, snag a napkin and a pen, they work just as well.

If you end up with several small sketches throughout the week, that is okay. That just means you have the ideas for some larger drawings that you can go back to at another time!

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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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.

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 Hunter” – STKerr

Week 14: Cross Hatching

Cross hatching is a method of shading where you use a series of lines to get lighter and darker shades of gray. Basically, it is a method of using series of parallel lines at different angles to add depth and form to a drawing. It is used mostly with pen and ink drawings, but artists have used this technique with various types of mediums.

There are several tutorials you can find online, but the basics are as follows: Once the first layer of parallel lines are down the second layer of lines goes perpendicular to those (at a right angle or 90 degrees), making a cross. The next two layers go at 45 degree angles to the first. If more are needed (you want to make it darker) add more lines , making sure not to go in the exact path of a previous set of parallel lines.

This weeks challenge is to practice the technique of cross hatching. Subject matter is open.

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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This is part of a larger drawing that I recently finished. Instead of the traditional shading that I thought I wanted to go with when I originally sketched out the image, I chose to utilize cross hatching. And I think it came out really beautifully
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Week 13: Rest

This past weekend was a blast! Sean set up a table/booth at SC Comicon in Greenville over the weekend and met a ton of people. One of the things we love is sharing what we do with the community and inviting people to join us on this adventure.

We were set up at table #1130, right beside the Star Wars Droids. Sean also had several original drawings and prints for sale over the weekend. He enjoyed talking to people as they passed by.

On Saturday night, Sean also attended the 4th Annual Drink and Draw, an event to raise support for The Hero Initiative and Team Cul De Sac. He drew on a handful of coasters and did one larger drawing to be auctioned off (as seen below).

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We hope that this week will be a little less stressful and one full of rest, recovery, and relaxation. That’s what this week’s challenge is about. Create a drawing that conveys the feeling of rest. Draw something that is relaxing. Go to your sketchbook and allow yourself to be in a state of peace as you draw.

This will be difficult for many artists, but try not to stress about drawing. Allow it to become a type of meditation or zen-like practice.

If you are joining us for the first time, we welcome you to this journey together! Please follow these simple steps to submit in your drawings to be shared!

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I’ll be honest, this wasn’t as relaxing as I initially thought it was going to be. I think I just started thinking about it too much. – STKerr