- Do you prefer traditional drawing, or digital?
- How long have you been drawing?
- How many classes have you taken?
- Do you have a DeviantArt, personal website, or art blog?
- What’s your favorite thing to draw?
- What’s your least favorite thing to draw?
- How often do you use references?
- Do you draw professionally, or just for fun?
- How much time do you spend drawing on an average day?
- Are you confident about your art?
- How many art-related blogs do you follow?
- Is it okay for people to ask you about your process?
- Do you prefer to keep your art personal, or do you like drawing things for other people?
- Do you ever collaborate with others?
- How long does an average piece take you to complete?
- Do you draw more today than you did in the past, or do you draw less?
- Do you think you’re justified in giving other people art advice?
- What are you currently trying to improve on?
- What is the most difficult thing for you to draw?
- What is the easiest thing for you to draw?
- Do you like to challenge yourself?
- Are you confident that you’re improving steadily?
- Do you draw more fanart, or more original art?
- Do you feel jealous when you see other people’s art, or inspired? (Be honest!)
- Do you like to draw in silence, or with music?
- For digital artists: what program(s) do you use?
- For digital artists: how many layers does a typical piece require?
- For traditional artists: what medium do you like most? (Pencil, charcoals, etc)
- For traditional artists: How do you usually start on a big piece? (Light sketch, colored lead, sketchpaper, etc)
- What inspires you to not just make art, but to be a better artist?
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My first challenge, Improvement Hell, was a way to inspire people to draw different things different ways, drawing outside their comfort zone, and most of all to draw every day. I had a few people ask for a follow up. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the sequel: Draw All The Things
Each day has three prompts. Some are specifics, others are vague, but all are geared to spark your imagination and inspiration. Take from them whatever you want. Design a character, an illustration, a collage. Singular or plural. Literal or symbolic.
Casual Mode: Pick and draw one prompt each day
Normal Mode: Combine and draw two prompts each day
Hard Mode: Combine and draw all three prompts each day
Tag your artwork #Draw All The Things for others to follow and be inspired!
- Wild animal, Thief, Winter
- Jewel, Water, Contrast
- Garden, Teeth, Bright
- Old book, Pangolin, Clutter
- Deep, Earth, Curse
- Greed, Glass, Temple
- Three, Rain, Shadow
- Wire, Bottle, Pale
- Sunshine, Track, Abandon
- Cliff, Tattoo, Journey
- Bone, Laughing, Free
- Corner, Scripture, Dusk
- Stairs, Amber, Guard
- Vast, Alien, Glow,
- Jazz, Pen, Urban
- Sand, Royal, Red
- Child, Fur, Cookie
- Tree, Crime, Lizard
- Tech, Tank, Silver
- Scales, Vibrant, Smile
- Naga, Knowing, Tribe
- Witch, Jacket, Pattern
- Secret, Melanism, Wings
- Rogue, Bat, Dysfunctional
- Passage, Fox, Chime
- Star, Bridge, Mask
- Observer, Forest, Unique
- Degrade, End, Iron
- Vivarium, Gradient, Mix
- Imagination, Pencil, Borderless
(alternately, this can be a writing challenge too, if that is your preference!)
When I was your age (it sounds really weird for me to say that btw) I was really unconfident. I was shy, scared, bullied. People called me ugly - constantly - and I believed them. People would drop-kick me in the hallways. They would walk behind me and openly converse about why they would never date me. I hated myself and thought I would never amount to anything or have meaningful relationships. I hated myself so much that I wrote the words “Only 3 people in the world care about me. no one would care if I died. I hate myself. No one really likes me. I am ugly.” on the underside of my desk in my bedroom, and I spent a lot of time laying under my desk, staring at those words and reading them again and again.
One day in class some kid called me ugly and something inside of me snapped. Instead of shrinking into myself, I looked him in the eye and just started laughing. I don’t know why. I guess I just stopped caring about what he said and knew it was a lie.
I wanted to be an actress, and so in high school I joined the drama club. There, I found other weird people like me. That made me feel like I belonged and so I was able to open up more around them and be myself. I’m not actually very good at acting but at least I found people I could trust, which helped me feel more confident. As it turns out, there are quirky weirdos in high school, and they like hanging out with other quirky weirdos. I guarantee you that there are tons of people in your community want to hang out with you precisely because you’re not like everyone else, they just don’t know how to tell you because they aren’t confident either.
A lot of the time, I would imagine the type of person I wanted to be. I would be in class, or at home, or with my friends, daydreaming about the kinds of things I wished I could say, do or feel. One day, I decided I should try to wake up each morning and act like the person I wanted to be. That helped a lot.
I’m not saying I became super confident overnight. In fact, I am not always confident in now! But the mantra of act like the person you want to be helped me to slowly, surely, over a period of years and years, become that person.
So in summary: Laugh at people who try to bring you down, find other weirdos to be weird with, and act like the person you want to be.
This is incredible advice, for anyone and everyone. Even if you aren’t an amputee you need to read this, at least twice.
And to those out there who are amputees, there ARE people who are like amputeeot says; those who care and love anyone “different” no matter what, especially because they ARE different. Don’t ever feel like you need to be hurt or alone.