A drawing challenge for 2017

We're coming up on a new year, and you may be thinking about writing some new year's resolutions for yourself. This is a perfect time to set some goals for furthering your artistic practice as well! Remember, the best goals are specific, measurable, achievable and realistic. Check out this article for more on setting good goals! Here's some challenges we recommend you try out in 2017:

  1. Start every day for a year with 5 minutes of 30 second gesture drawings, or 4 minutes of 120 second drawings. Post the results to your blog, your Facebook, or even our forums.
  2. Do a 100 drawings challenge, where you draw 100 of the thing that gives you the most trouble - hands, mouths, hips, the male (or female) figure, foreshortened limbs, wombats. Whatever you most avoid drawing, draw more of it!
  3. Sit down with your calendar and block out time to do 3 30 minute drawing classes per week, with the tool of your choice. If 3 isn't realistic for your life, try 2 or even 1 -- then guard that time and make sure your practice is a priority.
  4. If you've been too nervous to ask for critique on your work, commit to asking for feedback at least once a month, and using that feedback to guide your practice. Here's our guide on how to benefit from critique, and here's a link to our critique forums.
  5. Start every day for a month with the pencil value mastery exercise.
  6. Pencil a monthly themed drawing challenge into your schedule. Here's some to consider:
    • Inktober (Daily drawing in ink in October)
    • NaNoManGo (draw 30 pages of Manga in 30 days, June or November)
    • NaNoDrawMo (Draw 30 pieces in a month, November)
    • Know of another challenge that should be here? Let us know in the comments!

Are you going to try a new year's drawing challenge? Let us know in the comments, or give us a full progress report on the forums.


Jim Atherton (unregistered visitor)

Great motivational ideas!
There is another social drawing challenge it is in the month of May and is called: MerMay. Drawing a mermaid or themed piece each day of the month.

cutter killer (unregistered visitor)

dinovember - draw dinosaurs every day in november

Di (unregistered visitor)

I suggest doing an advent calendar :) One drawing a day from 1 to 24 December :)

DTM (unregistered visitor)

Thank you for sharing and motivating artists to create. we put together a public fb group to support each other this year, open to all! find us and join Draw Daily 2017

LimticArt (unregistered visitor)

yeah!!!!!!!!! let's do this!

Kim - Site admin

I love all these ideas! Thank you so much for sharing them, not to mention your enthusiasm :D

Dr Abrar hussain (unregistered visitor)

this is a great source of learning drawing !
i am interested to learn prerequest and advance level professional drawing for animator kindly advise for all the steps thanks .

Alex (unregistered visitor)

March of the robots in March

Sanne - Site moderator

Hi Alex, what does this mean?

Andy (unregistered visitor)

Throughout the month of March, you draw a robot everyday.


Hi, I'm new to this site.

Panam_art (unregistered visitor)

Thanks a lot for your site, that is very helpful for me

Doler Shah (unregistered visitor)

How would one join? I am very interested to join.

Odein Peart (unregistered visitor)

I only want nudes for women not men you can send man figure that is decent

Sanne - Site moderator

Just checking in, are you having issues with the tools not filtering your criteria properly?

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