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Saturday, March 28th, 2009
2:11 pm
[shatterstripes]
revive or delete
Alright, that's the second time in as many weeks I've deleted spam posted to this community.

The whole thing seems to have died three years ago anyway; will anyone be annoyed if I just delete this community? Or, alternatively, would anyone like to revive it with new irregular art challenges designed to make people Grow As Artists? I'll hand over the keys and wish you luck.
Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
1:37 pm
[arinaca]
Revival! and challenge
:O! Just stumbled in here and its dead ;-; so going to post a challenge and see how it goes!

Get your ipod/mp3 player/music playing device of some kind and put it on random - first random song you come to draw the imagery or scene from the song. Also ;P tell us what song it is!

Now to go find my Ipod xD

Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, March 2nd, 2006
2:56 pm
[annvole]
Vole challenge 3, laughing your liver out
Here we have Ursula's tasteful drawing of an internal organ and giving us a pun.
http://www.deviantart.com/view/27304494/

The challenge is to do the same: draw an internal organ and include a pun (or visual gag). Bonus points for making the internal organ look beautiful or for making cleaver multiple puns.
8:43 am
[403]
Short critter challenge
Here, we see a pair of flour sacks scaling the Perspective Ladder, which strikes me as the cartoon equivalent to Mt. Everest.

(This is a post rather than a comment because the challenge post is disappearing off the bottom of my friends' page.)
Wednesday, March 1st, 2006
1:14 pm
[annvole]
The vole challenge number 2, short leg walking
I love animating but I have not done any for a very long time. What better thing to do then an animation related challenge!

In Ursula's featured deviation "Da Pimphog"
http://www.deviantart.com/view/27867727/
she made a character with very short legs. Short legs are fascinating to animate because they are not as cut and dry as a longer legged figure because you can just move the legs and arms "stick-figure" style and worry about the extra stuff later but with a short legged figure, the whole body changes shape when the character puts a leg in front of the other. For animated walk sequences there is really only one extreme and that is where the feet are the furthest apart in the walking sequence. The second extreme is the exact same pose but with the opposite foot forward. This activity is good for any artist who wishes to draw characters or animals and not just for animators. You likely want dynamic or action poses for visual interest.

Today's challenge will be to draw that one extreme for a short legged character of your choosing. Getting the opposite extreme and doing it in more then one angle for that pose (side, front, top-down, 3/4 view, looking up through a glass floor, etc) are the bonus activities. If you are stuck for a character, you could do Da Pimphog or draw a walking a sack of flour like most animators are trained to animate first (the corners of the sack become legs usually).

One big hint with the pose is the arms swing the opposite way as the legs so when the right foot is most forward, the left arm is most forward (and vice versa). Also note that the feet are usually with the back foot on the ball of the foot and the heel off the ground while the front foot is on the heel of the foot but the rest of the front foot is still off the ground.
Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
9:19 am
[annvole]
Revival for myself if Ursula does not mind.
I was looking for an art challenge, with the idea that if I could not find one, I would make one on a LiveJournal. Here is one that already exists and has a great name and is connected with my favorite and most idea-inspiring artist I know of, the incredible Ursula Vernon. Until someone tells me to go elsewhere, I will post a daily challenge to be a sketch or other quickly done item. If I start doing more challenging stuff, I might post a weekly or monthly bigger challenge. Join me or make your own challenges or direct us to other art challenge sites to follow instead.

For today's challenge: I was looking at Ursula's awesome painting of a chipmunk taking a photo of the biting pear:
http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/29677500/
and noticed the giraffes were the same shape as the lighthouse. I thought that was cool and cleaver so the challenge is to draw an animal and an architectural item that have the same shape with bonus points for having a good connection between the animal and the architectural item (not required though because I see no reason why the giraffes and the light house look the same or even a reason to be in the picture at all of the inspiration for this challenge).

I will say there is no time limit because you can post your results with the challenge... the faster you go though, the higher up your post will be (assuming anybody beyond me participates)

p.s. I will generally find inspiration for my challenges from Ursula's stuff but not necessarily so but simply because my best ideas come from looking at her stuff.
Friday, April 8th, 2005
10:20 pm
[shiwolf]
Is there anybody out there?
Hey everybody. Wow, no ones posted anything here in almost a year. I have always liked the idea of art challenges and have decided to make my own little challenges for myself. I rarely have time for art these days and the idea was to give myself some sort of little goal and motivation to complete a piece of artwork and maybe try new techniques or subjects that I might not normally think about. You can see what I mean here at my DeviantArt page, under the journal entry. http://shiwolf.deviantart.com/

Anyways, I thought I'd share my little challenge ideas by copying and pasting them here if the community or the moderator didn't mind. I wasn't entirely sure if this place was abandoned or not, but maybe we can make it an active community once more. Anyways, let me know what you guys think.
Sunday, March 7th, 2004
1:27 am
[feychildthe]
Arts Festival Competition
The city here holds an Arts Festival annually, and a competition each year as part of it. I won my division in visual art last year for Stick Figure Dragons - Go Back in Time

This year I wanted to enter a more serious dragon, this is only my second time working in acrylics on canvas.

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The city here holds an Arts Festival annually, and a competition each year as part of it. I won my division in visual art last year for Stick Figure Dragons - Go Back in Time

This year I wanted to enter a more serious dragon, this is only my second time working in acrylics on canvas.

<img src="http://www3.mb.sympatico.ca/~oceans/FlyinAngel/acrylicdragon2.jpg" alt=Green Dragon <b>The Green Dragon</b></img>
Tuesday, February 17th, 2004
12:04 am
[lightonthewater]
Hi, I'm New 8)
Hey, I'm new here. I'm not sure how many challenges I'll be able to participate in, but I'll do my best! ^.^

Here's an example of my art style just to show you guys...


I did that about a month ago. Pencil sketches are what I do most often.

Current Mood: excited
Saturday, February 14th, 2004
12:21 pm
[sister_bluebird]
Off-handed Challenge
Dexterity in my left hand=minimal. Done straight in pen, because I don't trust that hand to ink over pencil.Read more...Collapse )
10:18 am
[403]
Left-handed challenge
After three weeks of government, on and off, I've finally ended up with 'http://www.users.qwest.net/~lhhw/sketches/LeftyFinishedSketch.jpg', which was as much sculpted with the eraser as drawn with the mechanical pencil. Sketching with my on hand feels strange now.
Friday, February 6th, 2004
11:17 pm
[growly]
I've been lazy, but I've finally actually done one of these crazy things! Heh.
My submission for the non-dominant hand challenge. Is it sad that it took me most of Spanish class to do?
Wednesday, February 4th, 2004
3:01 pm
[kensan_oni]
I know Ursula is suppose to post a new Art Challenge every month, but has anyone heard from 'em in a while? Should we post a new one if we don't hear a new one anytime soon? I have a idea, but I have no idea if anyone wants to do it or not. Of course, it's just my current obsession, anyway.
Monday, January 26th, 2004
9:15 pm
[random_dragon]
Sunday, January 18th, 2004
2:17 pm
[draiguisge]
Hello
Hi there, just joined this community, but I see it doesn't get a whole lot of posts anymore ... are the art challenges still going? Is someone in particular in charge of setting them, or does anyone post a challenge whenever? Just curious ... I can always use another excuse to sketch. :)
Thursday, January 15th, 2004
9:06 pm
[wootsauce]
Nobody's posted here for a while. Thus, I throw down the gauntlet, 'cause I like art challenges, dammit. I wanna see you draw something with your non dominant hand! And I mean seriously trying, not just the "ha ha look" doodle in the margins that everyone has done at some poitn or another (backwards left-hand writing is kind of funny when your class is drop-dead boring, I must say.) I know some famous expressionists have made themselves uses their left hands to get closer to some sort of naive, child-art ideal, but that's the only example I can think of where someone other than me has deliberately switched hands.

This is kind of cheating for me since I do it all the time, but I've been meaning to challenge someone to do something, bcause I want to see what turns out. So here, this is something I drew with my left hand in a lecture today. With highlighter, too. Highlighter is a vastly underappreciated doodling medium (hmmm...)

Current Mood: hopeful
Friday, November 28th, 2003
9:55 pm
[spitefairy]
Hands
This is an older piece of mine that I completely forgot I had, the challenge reminded me so I pulled it out to work on it. However, I'm still a bit lost on what to put in the lower left corner, any suggestions? I don't have my scanner hooked up, so I had to take a picture via digital camera, so sorry for the poor quality.

HandsCollapse )

Current Mood: tired
Monday, November 17th, 2003
8:56 am
[caelum]
Hands challenge?
I just landed here and saw the hands challenge. As it happens I'm coloring a piece right now where I have all hands present and hopefully decent-looking, here: http://yerf.com/stevconn/k-m-hug.gif

Yes, they're the four-fingered variety hands. The interaction on the clasped left hands in particular drove me nuts, and the fingers are bent at the first knuckle in both his and hers. I hope that's conveyed right... I had no model to go by, as I have only one left hand, alas.
Rip away (hope I'm doing this right...)

Current Mood: artistic
Sunday, November 16th, 2003
6:20 pm
[403]
Hands Challenge
'http://www.users.qwest.net/~lhhw/sketches/Pterois_miles_var_anthropomorph.jpg'

I like the perspective on the right hand & arm. First time I've even come close to managing something like it.
Friday, November 14th, 2003
9:57 pm
[shoka]
Hands Challenge
This is a portion of a recent work (it's too big for my scanner and the digital camera has mysteriously vanished). At least the hands are visible.

Cut, because...Collapse )
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