Happy New Years!!! Lets start the year right by tackling our art goals in a Drawventure this Saturday! Last month’s art marathon was so much fun, I’m so excited to be working with everyone again. It was awesome to see so many artists working together to become better. If you haven’t heard of Drawventure, it’s a monthly challenge on the first Saturday of every month. To see where it all started, you can catch up here.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
- Create a list of weaknesses you want to work on
- Tackle the challenge and draw!
- Share your progress with the hashtag #DRAWVENTURE
Here are a few helpful tips to get you started. Collect photos and art that you find inspirational and keep those nearby as you work. Using reference in your artwork can make a huge difference. Feel free to use this art board I have been adding to over the years as a starting point.
While tackling your art challenges, try doing gestures first to loosen up. When I brainstorm a new concept, I’ll do super quick thumbnails. In my recent YouTube video about my pencil sketch process, you can see how I work though this exploration stage. Sometimes, I like my gesture more than my final illustration because there is so much more emotion in the tiny little thumbnail.
My personal goals for this Drawventure are exploring environments and backgrounds to enhance my illustrations. My secondary goal is to practice drawing males, something I rarely do but would love to improve on. I have a mini checklist to keep the momentum going; for example, one of the items on it might be to sketch rough environment photos from my “To Draw One Day” Pinterest board, focusing on big shapes and movement. When creating a list, I want to assign specific actions rather than “get better at drawing environments.” It’s difficult to start working on a vague goal, so make the process easier for yourself by pinpointing tasks.
I would love to hear your goals for this month’s Drawventure in the comment below! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #drawventure so everyone can see your hard work. Feel free to share the image above on your favorite social media so more artists like you can join the fun! The more people involved the more we’ll all learn.