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!


“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.

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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
– STKerr

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).


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!


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

Week 12: Comicon!

Sorry for the delay (again). It’s an exciting week and we are looking forward to this weekend! We will be at the SC Comicon in Greenville this weekend (the 25th and 26th). If you are in the area, you should come check us out!

We will be at booth #1130, right near where the CW TV station will be set up, and near all the vehicles (Batmobile, Ghostbusters, etc), the Star Wars Droids, 501st Legion, and hanging out in the area with the zombies (Walking Dead). Sean will be there both days and he will also have some prints for sale!


With that out of the way, this week the drawing challenge is to create a drawing inspired by your favorite comic, graphic novel, or whatnot. Try not to copy something directly, but let it influence your own style.

And, as always, have fun!

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Week 12 Caroline King

Submitted by 10 year old, Caroline King.


An interpretation of Wonder Woman. – STKerr

Week 11: Love, Friendship, and a Life Well Lived

The next couple weeks are going to be a little hectic. Both of us (Sean and Morgan) are going to be down in Florida for a cousins wedding this upcoming weekend (so expect a slight delay on next weeks challenge) and then the following weekend (25-26th of March) is SC Comicon in Greenville, SC.


The Drawing Challenge will have a table set up in the Artists Alley! Sean is confirmed to be there and, hopefully, Morgan will have a chance to make it up for the event as well.

If you’re in the area, Saturday night (25 March 2017) is also the 3rd Annual SC Comicon Drink and Draw. This fun filled event will support Hero Initiative and Team Cul de Sac, two organizations who have done some amazing work for the graphic artist community.

If you can make it, we’d love it if you stopped by and gave us a shout!

That being said, the challenge this week is not a technique or a style of drawing, but a concept and idea that is open to interpretation: Love, Friendship, and a Life Well Lived.

This challenge is a celebration of those around us, all the good things in the world. Friends and family, lovers, soulmates, and companions on this journey of life.

Take the idea and run with it. Practice freedom to let your heart sing onto the page!

Laugh. Smile. And fill the page with something that brings you joy.

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2017 Week 10: Foreshortening

One of the hardest concepts of figure drawing classes for many students is creating depth on the page through the process of foreshortening. When you portray an object or figure as closer than it is, creating the illusion on the page that one part of the drawing is closer to the viewer than another. This process utilizes the effects of perspective or angle of vision to create depth in a piece.

This week the challenge is to utilize foreshortening in your drawing. If you need to, ask a friend or family member lay out on the floor, and then sketch them out onto the page, where one part of their body is closer to you than another. Try not to get caught up in making everything perfect, but allow the process to show.

And remember to have fun!

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A quick sketch. I’m not too fond of the awkward placement of the arrows, but other than that, I like it. – STKerr

2017 Week 9: Blind Contour

Many times artists become so focused on perfecting their craft that they loose focus on the details that are in front of them. While drawing something in front of them, they end up looking more at the page, their drawing. They forget to see the details and focus on filling in the page with what works.

In many drawing classes, blind contour drawings are used as a technique to refocus on what is in front of us. Many artists use this exercise as a warm up before diving into a larger drawing.

The idea is to not look at the page as you are drawing. Fix your eyes on the outline of the object you are about to draw. As your eyes track the edges of the object, move the pen (or pencil) along the page drawing the contour of what your eyes are seeing. Do this slowly, in a single, continuous line.

This week, try to take several minutes and create a blind contour drawing. Don’t be worried if your drawing looks funny or doesn’t look perfect, that is not the point. This process allows us to get our eyes and hands working together.

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I know it doesn’t look like it, but this is two of my coworkers sitting in chairs in their pod. The drawing got interrupted a couple times due to having to dispatch emergency personnel to calls, but I enjoyed the process. – STKerr

2017 Week 8: Folds

Look down at your shirt. Look at how your pants (or skirt or dress) flows behind your knees. Look at how the fabric twists and turns along the body. Look over at your blanket or quilt that lies rumpled on your bed (before you take the time to make it). See the patterns and lines that topple over one another.

Many artists in the past have used fabric in their drawing, taking time to study the way it moves and folds over an object. Hours, if not days, were spent just observing and sketching out the folds of a piece of fabric.

This week, we take a lesson from the past. This week, create a drawing that incorporates the folds of fabric. This can be clothing that rests on a figure, a still life, or just a study of fabric you see around you.

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A drawing based on a photograph from Fell and Fair Productions. I’m still not sure if I am completely satisfied with the fabric at this point. I’d be surprised if I don’t go back and edit it some more. – STKerr

2017 Week 7: Color

Sometimes artists get into the mindset that the pages of a sketchbook were only meant for pens and pencils. Black and white drawings and ideas that mark the pages can come alive with a splash of color.

The challenge this week: to create a drawing using color. Any color. All the colors. Or a single color.

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This sketch was originally supposed to be black and white, but I felt like the selected application of color would add to the overall affect. And I enjoy how it came out. – STKerr

2017 Week 6: Emotions

Art is filled with emotions. It is an expression of our joy and rage. We capture the essence of love, hate, pain, and anger in the lines we put on the page. We convey a moment of peace and tranquility or a scene of utter dismay through the images we share.

Emotions are not always shown through a figure on the page, but often by how we choose to capture the image. Our usage of lines and color reveal how we feel about the image.

death-seizing1Look at the charcoal drawings of German artist Kathe Kollwitz. How she uses bold, dark lines and shapes contrasted against the stark white of the page to cast an emotion of despair and sadness. In her drawing “Death Seizing a Woman” we see both the use of lines and facial expressions, along with the positions of the figures, to convey the surprise, horror, and darkness of the moment.

art-by-louise-terrier-28022015211433Contrast that against the work of French artist Louise Terrier who works in bold watercolors. His Lion drawing has a raw tenderness about it. The chaotic splash of colors bring out a joy that clean, stark black and white drawings of Kollwitz would be unable to capture.

This week, the challenge is to capture an emotion in your drawing. Any emotion. Make it your own.

Utilize your technique, the subject matter, color, materials, and/or size to allow you to manipulate the drawing to bring out the emotions that you want to convey.

If you want to challenge yourself even further: try to express an emotion without using a figure. The lack of facial expressions and body position will add to the challenge of revealing emotions.

We’d love to have you join us on this adventure. If you are interested in joining in, please follow these simple steps to submit in your drawings to be shared!


I found that I loose a lot of the emotion of a piece when I go back over a drawing or sketch with ink. So, for this drawing, inspired by a quote shared by a coworker (“You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm”) I kept the sketch-like quality of the lines to keep the emotion of the drawing. This drawing was based off of the image of the Tibetan monk who set himself on fire to protest in Vietnam. – STKerr