Note to Participants: if you are keeping a blog where you are posting all of your own work from this, link it, I will add it to the goals section
Okay so... like every year, this year my main resolution is to draw a whole lot more
But I always end up breaking it, and I feel it's because I'm not getting motivated enough.
You guys are pretty good motivation though...
So I propose a challenge, AC.
I propose a drawing a day till January 1st 2011.
This challenge starts on January 1st 2010.
When I say a drawing a day...it could be anything... a doodle on a napkin, a full blown illustration.
it can't be one giant drawing that takes you two weeks
it is as it sounds... a drawing a day.Rules
Yay! How do I join!?!
- You are to submit one drawing per each day this year. It can be as big or as small as you want, in any medium, any style. For photographers, one picture. It must not be something you already made. It shouldn't be something you did for school or work, it should be a drawing you made to help you reach the goals you set out to reach in this thread. (but if it doesn't pertain specifically to one of your goals, it still counts.)
- Do not submit your drawings each day. Saturday is the last day of the week, Make a post and dump all 7 drawings from that week into a post. Don't spoiler it.
- for the sake of sanity while loading this thread, keep the file size as small as you can. you're not painting the sistine chapel here. it doesn't have to be enormous.
- Because we're dumping on Saturday, if you really want to, draw all 7 on Saturday morning, no one will know... I mean at least you're drawing... but you'll die knowing you're a dirty cheater (hahah)
- Tam has to fully color at least one of the 365 drawings he makes.
Signups are finished, if you want to join in, feel free, people who start now will be added to a "late joiners" list.What happens if I slack off and don't do my drawings?
Well... I mean, you're only hurting yourself. I understand that things come up, people have busy lives. This is a thread that's intended for people who are really serious about this though. So maybe you miss a few drawings, who cares... but I bet you'll feel pretty awesome if you make it to January 2011 and you have 365 drawings (or photos or paintings or whatever) to show for it. They'll be all neatly added to this thread too, it'll be awesome.
They can be 20 second gesture drawings... think small here... I'm not asking for fully rendered drawings, though it won't hurt you to toss some of those into the mix every now and again.
You will be subjected to the constant nagging of people in this forum though.
I endorse any and all nagging of people who are supposed to be drawing every day who aren't.
All in the name of improvement ;)
I am going to try as best I can, schedule permitting to keep track of who has done their 7 drawings per week.
Anyone who wants to help me with this is a gem. It will consist of a simple tally of who has done their drawings, and will be posted at the end of each month. That will help others keep easy track of who is being a total slacker.What About Crits?
I'd like to try to keep this thread as small as possible. I know that we'll bleed into another thread probably if people keep at it, and the more people comment, the bigger the thread will grow, but it'll be really nice for people to be able to easily look at their progress through the months, and mass amounts of text posts make that difficult.
I'll probably pare down unnecessary posts as the months progress.
For crits, if an artist wants crits on a drawing in particular, they should post it in the doodle thread or their own thread. I don't want lengthy discussions in here, it takes up space.
Crits are very important to improving... but so is actually getting off your ass and drawing. This thread is the getting off the ass part.I Don't Know What to Draw!
Here are some assignments for people who are stumped:Observational Drawing:
1. Put together a still life and draw it from 3 different vantage points.
2. Take a striped piece of cloth, arrange it however you want and draw it, paying attention to how the stripes move with the folds along the cloth
3. Take a complex object, like a bicycle, in your mind frame off just a section and draw that section, paying attention to composition.
4. Go to the local museum and do some drawings of various skulls and bones
5. Go to your local park or cafe and do gestural drawings of people
6. Find a local life drawing meet up or course and sign up
7. Do some gestural drawings from http://www.posemaniacs.com
8. Cut a cabbage or other vegetable in half and draw what you see. pay attention to line variation
9. Draw only the negative space of a tree or chair (or both)
10. Take a trip to the zoo, draw some animals
11. Take a trip to the library, dig through some art books, or scour the internet to find some work that inspires you and try to mimic it. Pay attention to what makes it good.Character Design:
(taken from "Prepare to Board" by Nancy Beiman)
1. Take a human character and transform it into an animal, showing one step in between
2. Make 4 numbered lists, in the first list put 20 different species (animals, human being, aliens..whatever) in the second, genders (male, female), third time periods (1400s, jurassic period) fourth age groups (infant, toddler, tween, teen, adult, elderly) Now using a random number generator (lots on the internet) pick random numbers from each list so that you're left with a species, gender, time period and age.
so for example, for one of mine i got kangaroo, male, roman period, teen. Now draw that character.
3. Create a pair of characters that contrast large and small
4. Draw characters that illustrate a single line from a nursery rhymeEnvironmental Design
1. go to http://wikitravel.org
and click "random page" you'll get a random place. Do some research and come up with some sketches based on this place.
2. To add another dynamic to the above task, do a series of lists, one with time period, another with colors. use a random number generator, and from these lists, get a time period and a main color that you have to incorporate into the enviro
for example: Belize, 1400s, blue
3. Do another random list thing, this time, make a list of places (open space, mars, under the sea, antarctica), type of environment: (landscape, castle, room interior, bathroom etc) time period: (jurassic, 1980s etc)
so for example, I did one and got: open space, bathroom, 1980s. So you gotta draw a bathroom floating around in open space with 1980's stylings haha.