There are many, many online art challenges available for anyone to participate in on websites, blogs and facebook. They are fantastic sources to inspire and motivate. Most of them you can dip in and out of, but can also use them as a way of committing to drawing. They are also a wonderful way of connecting with other artists online as you each have the same daily, weekly or monthly goal and can you comment on each others pieces. Looking at the various interpretations on a theme can create lots of fun discussion.
I decided to write this blog when I saw that this weeks challenge on the Illustration Friday website is SLEEP. Here is my interpretation and then below are the other challenges I have participated in over the last few years:
http://illustrationfriday.com provides one word to interpret and draw and post online by the end of the next week, when a new challenge is offered. This was an easy choice when I saw the challenge. This old bear will surely provide a good night’s SLEEP. Here are all of my drawings for the Illustration Friday challenges
Everyday Matters EDM Weekly Challenges .Everyday Matters is a group that grew out of Danny Gregory’s blog and books – Everyday Matters, The Creative License and An Illustrated Life –There is a list of 328 challenges. They were posted weekly on a Sunday from 2009 and the participants added their drawing to a flickr group. I would eagerly await the new challenge each week. Sometimes I knew exactly what I was going to draw as soon as I saw the challenge . Other times it would take a bit of thinking The list is still available here (to inspire you) Here are all of my drawings for the EDM Challenges.
Everyday in May
Originally began by “French Toast Girl” with an idea to commit to create something every day in May – a painting, a drawing, a photo, a collage. Then share it. I participated in 2009,when I chose my own theme of drawing my holiday souvenirs. You can see the whole months drawings here . I had such a great time drawing these and reliving my memories each day. In 2010, 2012 and 2013 I participated in the Everyday Matters in May (EDiM) challenge on flickr, (then a facebook group started as well) using 31of the Everyday Matter Challenges , as daily challenges In the Month of May. Everyone used the same list. 2013 EDiM – see the rest of the month HERE 2012 EDiM- see the rest of the month HERE 2010 EDiM- see the rest of the month HERE I draw everyday, sometimes more than one drawing, It was exciting but tiring to draw purposefully to the list for the whole month.
http://virtualpaintout.blogspot.com.au/ The goal of the project has always been the same; to give artists an opportunity to gather together virtually, and paint or draw in the same area. A city or country is announced by organisor and creator Bill Guffey . The artist must use a view found through Google Street View as the reference for the painting or drawing. So – go ahead join in !