Week 46: Rushed

Sorry, we are really late in posting this weeks challenge!

So, in honor of that, the challenge is to create a drawing / sketch in less than 5 minutes. Cram everything in! Whatever you want to do, but you have a time limit. And that is 5 minutes (or less).

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 on this page!

Week 45: No Shave November

Many people have heard of No Shave November, but a lot of people don’t realize it is an annual event to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health issues.

In honor of this event, the challenge this week is to draw a figure with facial hair.

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 on this page!

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 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 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!

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!

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 23: Wonder Woman

“When you need to stop an asteroid, you get Superman. When you need to solve a mystery, you call Batman. But when you need to end a war, you get Wonder Woman.” – Gail Simone

Over the weekend, the world was reintroduced to Wonder Woman as she made her debut appearance on the big screen. Originally created by William Maulton Marston, Diana, Princess of Themyscira, Daughter of Hippolyta first appeared in the world of DC Comics in October of 1941 and has been an inspiration ever since.

In celebration of Wonder Woman and women everywhere, the challenge this week is to create a drawing inspired by this comic book hero.

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 sketches while I was fleshing out a larger drawing, my sister and my nieces as Wonder Women. Why, because my sister is awesome. – STKerr

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 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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– STKerr

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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