30 Days of Art Improvement

For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be an artist. Since my parents really pushed academics, languages, and music while I was in school I didn’t have a whole lot of time for art classes. I squeezed in some summer school courses here and there and managed to fit in an independent study while in high school, but otherwise art always took a backseat. Even in college, I jumped right from undergraduate work to a professional degree in pharmacy. Grad school doesn’t allow a whole lot of time for artistic license…

Fast forward several years and now I’m itching to get back that creative spark. Since starting my blog, I’ve posted several pieces here and on deviant art. But I’ve noticed that I have a LOT of room for improvement. Searching online, I found some figure studies, anatomy charts, etc… but I feel like I need a bit more of a push to get the creativity flowing.

There’s an awesome artist on tumbler by the name of Maarta Laiho who posted an art improvement guide called 30 Days of Improvement Hell way back in 2012. I’ve decided to give it a shot. The goal is to draw something every day for 30 days and post it online as a way to display your progress. My schedule is pretty full, but I’m going to try to post at least every other day with new art updates beginning TOMORROW.

Follow along! For any artists out there, feel free to join me and post links to your own artwork here.

Here’s the list for the full 30 days of assignments:

  1. Self-Portrait – Introduce yourself
  2. Draw a figure using a reference – link to reference
  3. Draw a figure that’s in action, using a reference – link to reference
  4. Draw a part of the human anatomy you have trouble with. x20, with at least 5 being skeletal/musculature studies.
  5. Draw more figures. Quick gestures and silhouettes. x20, with at least 10 different body shapes
  6. Let’s have some fun. Design a character from either This or This character generator! Be creative and bring something to life!
  7. Pick the weirdest object in your house/room. Draw it. Shadows and Highlights.
  8. Find 2-3 objects, make a scene with them. Draw it. Bonus points for creativity. Double points for dramatic lighting.
  9. Draw a landscape of a place you’ve never been or drawn.
  10. Draw a BG with 1pt Perspective. Negative points if it’s a railroad or an empty street.
  11. Draw a BG with 2pt Perspective.
  12. Look out a window. Draw what you see. Bonus points for adding something interesting.
  13. Draw an interior setting with the character you designed on Day #6 in it.
  14. BG with either bird’s eye or worm’s eye view.
  15. Halfway there! Draw three ‘action’ scenes with different compositions in each. Quick sketches are fine, just make them interesting and understandable! Bonus points if it’s the same scene, but different composition.
  16. Draw a single page comic with 5-7 panels (the story begins and ends on one page).
  17. Draw an animal you’ve never drawn before. x10  Link references.
  18. Draw a car. Negative points for whining. Hint: Use a perspective grid.
  19. Think of the thing you hate drawing the most. Guess what? Draw it! Negative points for lying to yourself.
  20. Pick an object in your house/room. Now design a character from it, using the shapes, forms, textures, purpose and colors as inspiration. Also link/post the object you used. Negative points for using a humanoid action figure.
  21. Draw a character/object/scene, and shade them using ONLY solid blacks and whites. Bonus points for good use of lights/shadows
  22. Draw a different object/scene/character. Shade using hatching, crosshatcing, and/or pointillism. Bonus points for lights/shadows and textures.
  23. Colors! Pick a color palette, and paint a scene/character/object using only those colors (some blending allowed). Bonus points for good use of lights/shadows.
  24. Draw and color a scene/object/character – no lines allowed! (aka – lineless art). Don’t forget light and shadows!
  25. Draw a scene/character in a style you’ve never drawn before. If emulating an artist, credit+link. Bonus for color style.
  26. Draw a character. Draw 10 emotions/expressions. Bonus points for ‘uncommon’ emotions. (i.e. anxiety, guilt, despair, loneliness etc.)
  27. Draw three random shapes using your opposite hand (or your foot). Now design characters from those shapes.
  28. Turn on the tv (or load your illegally downloaded movies). Pick an actor and draw them.
  29. Almost done! Let’s have some fun. Draw some fanart. Bonus points if it’s super obscure and unknown. Make people guess what it’s from.
  30. Last day! Find a drawing you did within the last year. Now draw it again using what you’ve learned! Link it for comparison!

Happy Drawing!!!


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