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List of Monthly Drawing Challenges for WHOLE Year

Update 01-04-2018: I did it! I uploaded for Inktober 2017! Well, I'm still uploading for it. But that's because I want to hit my go...

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sketch Diary: Boy at sea - pose practice

Welp, that didn't go as planned. I think I erased and retried that hand about 20 times. That's what I get for trying to squeeze out a sketch right before bed. Sleepy sketches have a 50/50 chance of being junk.  But look I did a quick background! At least he's not floating in oblivion.

with love - M

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

List of Monthly Drawing Challenges for WHOLE Year

Update 01-04-2018: I did it! I uploaded for Inktober 2017! Well, I'm still uploading for it. But that's because I want to hit my goal of 31 inked drawings. I did 15 (about halfway!) before getting sidetracked. Still a pretty good personal improvement. 

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After totally missing out on Inktober recently, I decided to seek out some other monthly challenges. Why shouldn't we have some set challenges EVERY month? Surely they're out there. But then I remembered, these are artists we're talking about. Organization may not be high on their/our priorities list. Working for food might be a little more important. Also cat videos.

Please check out the list below and let me know if you have any suggestions, amendments, whatever. There aren't a whole lot of monthly challenge things that are official for drawing so I pulled some writing ones and altered them. I also made up my own ideas for a couple because I couldn't find anything. Bear in mind, some of these months have other challenges available to them. That's not what this list is for - this just my list of my chosen fav ideas for each month. If there's enough interest to make a wiki that has ALL the challenges for each month, I might look into that (or you can do it, good luck, sir).

I'll update this list as I get more info or flush out my own ideas on the challenges.

Random Genre Month - Meant for writing prompts but I think this would work equally well for doing a drawing challenge. Grab your random genre for the month (or each day could be different) and use that to create a drawing each day for January.

A Month of Letters - I thought this would be cool to alter it a bit for drawing and instead of just writing a letter, you drew something. I like the idea of using artist trading cards for this challenge. No pencil drawings unless sealed with fixative spray or something, ink or watercolor are probably the easiest.

30 Characters - Every day, you'll create a NEW character. Now I don't know if this means you can't pull from deep in your past. I feel like, if it's a character you haven't drawn in several years, that's fine. The point is simple to get pen to paper and get you thinking. (This is supposed to be in November per the official site but there's already Nanomango in November so I moved it here. You're more than welcome to do it in November with everyone else.)

Blogging A-Z Challenge - Each day uses a different letter so for April 1st you could use the word Apathy as a prompt for your drawing that day. Next day could be Beauty and so on. Looks like the official site reveals a theme in March each year but you could pick your own or just be random.

Story A Day - Another writing challenge that I think would serve well for drawing. On that official site, one of the prompts is to steal the first line from a favorite book and write a totally different story from it. For drawing, it could be to steal a character from your favorite artist and draw it in your own style. This one might require some well thought out prompts ahead of time.

Time Challenge - Something I just made up. Take 10 minutes each day and sit down with some drawing tools and a timer. First drawing - 1 minute. Second - 3 minutes. Third - 6 minutes. Typically, I've done this exercise when drawing something physically in front of me but I don't see why this couldn't also be a gesture drawing exercise or something else entirely from your imaginiation.

Color Challenge - Another made up challenge by yours truly. Draw in color every day! This could go a couple ways. You could sketch something new, color that in. Or take an old sketch it and colorify it up. Or don't sketch at all in pencil and instead draw entirely in color. Medium can be whatever so long as it's not just black and white.

NaNoirWriMo - Stands for National Noir Writing Month I believe, not much on that site there. But I do like the idea of a month of drawing dedicated to darker stuff. I think this could be anything from straight Noir style with a detective, spy, serial killers, or more fantasy styled monsters like Cthulhu.

3-Day Novel Contest - I think this one could be really cool. Couple ways you could go about this for drawing purposes. You could totally participate in the actual contest (Labor Day weekend) and then use the story you came up with to fuel your drawings each day for the rest of the month. Or could draw a short story via comic, one page each of the three days. Then spend the rest of the month working on those characters, continuing the story, whatever to do with that original short comic.

Inktober - Ah my nemisis. This one is pretty well flushed out already, very popular. I do like the added challenge of no-erasing. So drawing entirely in ink, no pencil sketch first.

Nanomango - This one is geared towards comics. So instead of a single drawing, you make a comic page every day. I don't think it matters is it's a 'slice of life' style comic or an actual storyline.

Character Drawcember - Check out the prompt list that this kind person made. This would be the month to pick a character and real focus in on it.

*Several of these links found via a WikiWriMo list

Good luck everyone! I'll post my progress on these and please link me to yours if you feel so inclined to participate.

with love - M

Sketch Diary: Sea witch concept

As the note on the sketch suggests, I realized about half way through drawing this that I was totally channeling Tales from EarthSea, the Ghibli movie based on Ursula K. Le Guin's book series. I really enjoyed the movie and I bought the first book recently and am excited to read it. I really enjoyed The Left Hand of Darkness, one of her Sci-Fi novels. It had a lot to say about social norms/labels and, for me anyway, why they don't matter except to those who seek to oppress.

with love - M

Monday, November 28, 2016

Sketch Diary: Pose practice - long ears

I didn't notice until just now how sweet that leg is... the rest of the sketch is pretty blah but that bend on the front of the leg is really doing it for me right now. It's the little things.

with love - M

Friday, November 25, 2016

Sketch Diary: Ruffle bikini girl

Ah high waisted bikinis. The best. This was the only thing I sketched during my vacation at Punta Cana this summer (first time there). I just have too much to do on vacation... like lay in the sun... and drink pina coladas at the wet bar...much busy haha.

with love - M

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Sketch Diary: TBT - Wild side ponytail girl

Oh man I remember sketching this and being so dang proud of myself at the time. It was one of my favorite drawings I did while I was living in Japan. I guess it was sort of subconscious self portrait, accidental. I don't have bangs... can't... so it's in spirit mainly lol.

My teachers at school were vocal about enjoying it and one teacher even drew her own version of my drawing and gave it to me. I took it as an immense compliment - she was quite good herself though very different drawing style. I still have her drawing! I keep it in my memory box with my other cherished keepsakes from that crazy year. I think that wild hair was what my life felt like that year hah. Loved it. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

with love - M

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Sketch Diary: Watching you indifferently

I visited Hawaii over the summer for the first time (totes a blast) and sketched this while waiting for my first of several flights during that trip. I made it to the airport at, what I thought was on time. Evidently, I didn't need to be so early. I ended up with almost 2 hours of waiting time hah. So I lounged and sketched. Better than being rushed I suppose.

This sketch was funny because thought I went in wanting something more androgynous but didn't expect it to actually work. I'm pleased with the result... just don't look too hard at how the eyes don't quiet line up... oops. This duo of ladies were passing by and I felt them stop behind me while I was drawing, which I don't mind. Eventually they moved on but not before tapping me on the shoulder and saying how much they liked the drawing. It really made my day/week. Was a great start to that vacation/adventure. Thank you ladies, where ever you are.

If you see someone being creative, whether it's drawing or making a mean latte or washing a window with gusto or whatever, and you happen to appreciate their efforts, say something! I can almost guarantee we'll always love to hear it. Like 99% of the time. You'll always have that one grump that can't take a compliment. But they're probably the ones that need to hear your love the most!

with love - M

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sketch Diary: Back bend casual girl

Another quick sketch while waiting for food one day in my little 4x6 inch sketch book. It's so tiny. I usually sketch on 8.5x11 inch. But switching to a smaller (or larger) sketch book definitely shakes things up. I think less about what's actually visible on the page and more about the composition or what could be going on outside the page.

with love - M

Monday, November 21, 2016

Sketch Diary: Quick and casual girl

Quicky done in my tiny 4x6 inch sketch book while waiting for my food to be made at a Zoe's near my work. Yum.

with love - M