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It took a while to realize that, no matter how pretty the last few sketch-dumps where, I wasn't really learning anymore.
Sometimes a large user-base just feels like pressure. And pressure makes it feel like you can't afford to fail anymore. And you'll stay inside your comfort zone. And with result. Last years improvement was close to non-existent. But I realize now that staying in my comfort zone will not get me anywhere.

The lack of improvement and recent login issues made me think. So I went back at where I came from. I took a pencil and started sketching again. Real, ugly sketches, with a lot of wobbly lines and such. Anatomy, dogs, and various other things. I realize now; I want to keep this up. Really. I want to draw things that are (slightly) out of my comfort zone, in order to learn.

And I want you to help me.

Come up with anything fun to draw, that is slightly outside my comfort zone.
Things like rocks, objects, something in a specific style, specific poses, or anything that might've helped you getting insight when you were learning to draw.

Try to keep it simple and reasonable. I must be able to sketch it with pencil on paper within 1 hour.
You're free to provide me with references (preferably pictures) or any object or style that you want me to try.

You're free to request the object or style of your liking, but no "sketch my character", please.
This isn't about doing requests, no matter how much you want me to draw your characters. This is about learning.
(And tbh... I think drawing characters is kinda inside my comfort zone... even though it's my view on an unfamiliar character. I've done that a lot already)

I will pick the things that I think I will learn most from. 
And if you're willing to learn as well... follow this journal and it's comments. There might be something useful in it for you as well.

So let's make 2014 the year of improvement! 
Challenge me to draw stuff.
Challenge yourself to draw better!
Or copy this journal to your own page and invite your friends to challenge you!

Up to a whole awesome new year of sketches! :la:


:star::star::star: Good suggestions :star::star::star:
I've decided to put some good suggestions I got up here, so it would be useful for other people as well :)

Anatomy / Characters
Hands
Feet
Sports poses
For shorting
Children
Baby's
Old people
Character interaction
Character half light/half shadow
Action scene
Different body types
Distressed person
General fashion: www.yesstyle.com/en/home.html
Carnival Venice costume
Angels (wings)
Gothic Lolita costume
Cyborg
Romance
Masculine character
Dynamic lighting
Breaking through a window: cdn.screenrant.com/wp-content/…

Animals / Creatures
Horse
Dragon
Whale
Pokemon
Cat
Birds
Beast/monster
Fishes
Squirrel
Insects

Objects
Car
Bike
Plants
Flowers
Tree
Chair
Mecha/robot: reza-ilyasa.deviantart.com/gal…
Moss
Hosipital props
Airship
Zeppelin
Weapons
Ball jointed doll
Skulls
Boat in the ocean
Computer

Environment
Houses: www.pembertoncreative.com/3D/h…
Waterfall
Forest
Clouds
Intersection
Stone bridge
Cliff nearby the sea
Cathedral
Cottages
Interior
Chinese city/market
Modern architecture
Underwater
Cave
Winter landscape

Style
Surrealism
Something cute
Something disturbing
Steampunk

Other
Perspective practice
Fisheye perspective
Light in darkness: sta.sh/0x8b679o4cu
Self portrait
Still life
Reflective objects (glass,water,bottles)

Challenges
3 colors challenge
30 day drawing challenge: blog.allisonlehman.com/wp-cont…
Another artists style
Speed paint challenge: artcobain.deviantart.com/art/s…
Randomized painting: www.alexanderlozada.com/playgr…
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ChildrenOfLight Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Try drawing something like an optical illusion. Not the swirly kind, but the type that makes people want to bash their heads into the wall for not realising it.

 

Something like this: funnymama.com/store/130522/179…

 

If you look closely, it's the girl that's carrying the boy, not the other way around.

 

I love drawings like that. So maybe you could try it.

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PrettyBirdie1 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course, biased that I am, I say you should draw birds. Lots of birds. :D

On a bit more serious of a note, a good way to practice making your drawings proportionally accurate is to draw the "x-ray" look, I think.  I recently did that for a bird's wing, and even though I think I'm really good at drawing a bird's wing already, it helped me understand the inner workings a bit more, and not just the shape. Understanding the inside helps when drawing the outside, I believe. ^^

Here's the link if you don't exactly understand what I'm talking about. prettybirdie1.deviantart.com/a…
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Windee-CZ Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, if you want some challenge, try Creativity cards.

www.alexanderlozada.com/playgr…

My first one was "draw yourself as a unicorn king" And I still don't know how to draw that :D

Out of the list, I agree with Insects.
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Wimsy113 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student General Artist
No zombie eh? I see how it is lol. JK not a bad idea actually might pick up a couple of these myself
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AdaStreet Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Insects. If you hardly ever draw them, I recommend them for good observational drawing practice. Not only are they shaped different from a lot of other things, but they also come in a wide variety of textures, from glassy and metallic-looking beetles, to fuzzy moths with soft wings, to bees and dragonflies and lacewing-flies with their sheer-transparent and delicate wings... also grasshoppers have interesting shapes to them with their springy back legs, and some of them actually have cool patterns on their wings, which you hardly ever see in most pictures because they're usually folded up.

You could easily find pics on the internet, but if you have a museum nearby that includes insect collections of any sort, I recommend going there to sketch... or borrow/make someone's or your own insect collection of local insects, or an ant farm, or catch some to temporarily keep in a jar while you draw them. If you catch and draw live insects, I recommend very clear plastic containers with a square/rectangular shape instead of glass jars, so you don't get the same distortions you might from looking at it through curved glass.

Also, if you know someone who has a pet tarantula, (or other spider) or pet snakes or any other kind of reptile or amphibian, see if you can go for a sketching visit and spend a little time drawing said pets.
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ZatchZ Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Draw a Pony out of G1 My Little Pony.
Oh, I went there.
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knghtmre Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Draw a perfect circle, free hand. ;)
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not that hard ^^
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knghtmre Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe for you... :P
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kadvas Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A Mish mash of a cthulhu/Pirate ship combination
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