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!

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!

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 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 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

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!

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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!

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

Week 12 Caroline King

Submitted by 10 year old, Caroline King.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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

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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