Art challenges have been popular on social media platforms for many years, especially Instagram, which is a visually oriented platform where many artists showcase their creations.
The first one I participated in and continued was Inktober, which is not an art competition, but a self-challenge activity. Every October, for 30 consecutive days, draw with ink every day. Whether it’s ink and brush, black pen, or digital drawing, as long as it’s black mixed media. They will release the prompts at the end of September, but you don’t have to use them to come up with ideas. The activity is very flexible, the main thing is to let you use the simplest tools, start creating and collecting your own inspiration, and keep going.
If you also want to draw every day, but often get stuck in not knowing why you can’t start, here are my experiences, I hope they will help you:
▼2019 The first year I didn’t know how to choose the media, I hadn’t started buying traditional paints yet, so I use the iPad and Procreate app for drawing. The difficult part was that those prompts were not something I would pay attention to in my daily life, so I often got stuck in not having any images to imagine. The solution was to replace the harder prompts with topics that I was better at drawing. Another thing was that I was not familiar with the software and wanted to draw too many ideas. The results were very messy and it took me almost 5 hours to complete each picture. I often lost patience. So I narrowed down my goal a bit and focused on drawing an object or a person. If I still couldn’t finish it in too much time, then I would just draw a part of the object. The first year I mainly developed my habit of drawing every day, so “every day” was a very important factor. For parts that conflicted with this factor, I would adjust them flexibly.