My mom and I were talking about the difference between how I approach weaving and a lot of other random crafty skills I've explored over the years. I'm interested in the process of weaving, not just as tool to finish a project. Most of my crafting is about making a specific item, not playing with a technique. It's gotten me thinking about what other skills I feel the same way about. Plush toy making and drawing are probably my two other skills that I enjoy the process of as much as I enjoy the end product.
I've been pushing myself to draw more. My Instagram feed is full of random sketches lately and I've been scanning in rough ideas to turn into digital drawings too. I'm wondering if I'd benefit from doing a drawing challenge. So to that effect, here are some of the drawing challenges that I'm interested in. Most of these are over, but that wouldn't stop me from following along with them as if they were going on now.
This is a short drawing challenge from Wit & Whistle with some good drawing prompts. Also I love Amanda's drawings that go along with it.
The 30-Day Art Challenge from Up Up And Away is a nice list for a 30-day month to keep you inspired and on task.
Craftsy is this month running a 31-Day Drawing Challenge, complete with prizes. It's not too late to jump in, if you're interested (deadline for the contest is September 1, 2015).
If you're looking for something a little more long term, the Paper Mama's 52 Weeks of Drawings look like a fun series of prompts, and less intimidating than 365-Day challenges.
Using drawing prompts can be a great way to push yourself and your skills. I love the idea from Wit & Whistle's challenge that it's not about making great art, but rather just making it. Not everything is going to be perfect or even something you like, but drawing is a skill you have to keep working on. And maybe you'll do something that surprises you.
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