Week 34: Eclipse

On Monday, thousands of people gathered across the United States to watch the sun fade away and darkness fall in the middle of the day. The solar eclipse ran across the nation, from the west coast of Oregon to the shores of South Carolina as the 70 mile wide “path of totality” plunged eager viewers into darkness.

This week, the challenge is to use this event as a catalyst for your drawing. Let the experience influence you to pick up a pen or pencil and put marks on the page.

And allow yourself to have fun and try something new.

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!

Weeks 32 and 33: Diptych

A Diptych is an artwork consisting of two panels. It’s not just a series of two separate images, but a single composition that stretches across multiple surfaces, creating a single work of art across multiple surfaces.

Last week, we forgot to post a challenge, so the challenge is to do two drawings that create a diptych.

If time is an issue, sketch out a diptych. Do the prep work in your sketchbook. Begin to put life into the idea.

If you want to challenge yourself even more, try to create a finished, more refined work of art. Or stretch yourself even farther and attempt a Triptych (a series of three).

But no matter what, remember to have fun and be yourself!

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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A sketch for a diptych that I am working on, titled “The Hunted” and “The Hunter” – STKerr

Week 31: Myths

Our history is filled with stories of gods and creatures that only exist in the far reaches of time. Every society has its own history of myths and legends. From the Greek and Roman gods to the spirits of the Native Americans, there are many more far between.

This week, choose a myth and illustrate it. Put the words into an image and tell the story. Feel free to choose any myth from any society or part of the world. And allow yourself the freedom to create your own image, and not just a variation of someone else’s.

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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Inspired by Norse Mythology, this is a quick sketch of Freyja and the boar Hildisvíni. – STKerr

Week 30: All the Colors

When artists think of drawings, they are often thinking in black and white. They are thinking about all the shades of gray that they can make on the paper with their different techniques of cross hatching and blending and the use of stress in their marks. Sometimes, we over-analyze the meaning of a drawing and forget about the box we put ourselves into.

This week, the challenge is to use color. But not just to add color to the lines, but use only color. No blacks. No grays. Just color. Big swaths of color. And the perfect amount of tiny detailed placements of pigments.

You can use markers. You can break out colored pencils. You can even paint if your heart desires. The only thing we ask is that you challenge yourself to experiment and use color.

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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A quick sketch and color play with Copic Markers. – STKerr

Week 29: Water

As the summer heat rages on, many of us dive into lakes, pools, and other bodies of water in the attempt to cool off. Water is also one of the more difficult things to draw.

This week, the challenge is to create a drawing that includes water.

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!

Two studies while I tried to get ideas out of my head. – STKerr

Week 28: Rule of Thirds

I first heard about the rule of thirds in high school art class, when my teacher told me that all good pieces of art have a third solid black, a third white, and a third grey. Since then, I have discovered that this rule is easily broken because there is so much more than dark and light.

Through photography, I have learned that the “rule” of thirds is about the placement of elements in the frame of the image.

Both sides of this rule are valid. Neither are absolutes.

This week, the challenge is to draw a composition that reflects your interpretation of the rule of thirds. I encourage you to do some research and see what others are saying about the rule of thirds. Look at some artwork and see if the rule of thirds fits.

And remember: have fun!

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!

Week 27: Freedom

This week we celebrated the independence of the United States from the British Empire. As we waved our flags and lit the sky with fireworks in celebration, the cry “freedom” echoed in our ears (cue Me Gibson from Braveheart).

Have you ever wanted to try something but were to afraid to do so? Have you ever held back from doing something different because you didn’t know how it would turn out?

This week, it’s all about freedom. Let go and do something that you’ve always held back. Try something new. Do something crazy. Laugh and have fun!

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Something I’ve always been afraid of doing has been illustration. Specifically, illustration on something that has been done before. I recently revisited the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and have found the urge to do something I’ve never done before. Part of the challenge is putting aside everyone else’s ideas and illustrations (or movies) of how something should look and just chase the image that is in your own mind. – STKerr

Week 26: Summer

It’s officially summer. Time for vacations and hanging out outside with family and friends. It’s the time for pool parties and long days of relaxing without worry. And it’s hot. And if you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll manage to get a nice tan. The rest of us will look like we got into a loosing fight with some red paint.

This week, the challenge is to draw the embodiment of summer. Create a drawing that defines what you believe summer to be!

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!

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.

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 24: Chaos

As you have probably noticed, we are a little late in posting this weeks drawing challenge. Part of that is due to the chaos of life and the everyday struggle to try to get everything done.

This week, we are embracing the chaos.

This week, the challenge is to draw something that is inspired by the idea of chaos. Just run with it and go with the flow!

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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Battle is always chaos. – STKerr