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I originally posted this on my Tumblr blog, and since it seems to be popular I thought I'd challenge people here.

30 Days of Art Improvement Challenge

Are you tired of feeling like your art just isn't improving? Do you want to do a 30-day challenge that's actually useful? Welcome to 30 Days of Improvement Hell.

I made this because I've been feeling super 'blah' about my art these days, and I needed something to kick-start myself. Who wants to do this with me!? Start now or whenever you can (now you procrastinators!). Challenge yourself and have fun at the same time!

Tag your posts with #Improvement Hell (more for Tumblr posts, but I suppose you can do it here too) so everyone can follow along and see each other's awesome artwork.

What are you waiting for? START!
  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 atleast 5 being skeletal/musculature studies.
  5. Draw more figures. Quick gestures and silhouettes. x20, with atleast 10 different body shapes
  6. Let's have some fun. Design a character from this character generator. (created byPreservedCucumbers)
  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, color scheme included. (often known as a gijinka). 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 download 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!

Look at all that amazing improvement! Congrats!
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thebostonbombing Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm doing it. I'm gonna die but i'm doing it. I'm gonna chicken out oh god.Taemin (shinee) 
Casey-The-Fruit-Cake Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What about the character generator...? It says '404 not found' on my thing, so should I use something else, or?
Stettafire Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I think I will give this a go:)
Although I kind of want to see if I can get this done before the 20th :)
tuffgirl66 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Student Artist
Okay, I'll do it! :iconallthethingsplz:
Day 1: -holding pencil and staring at blank canvas- ...nope i'm out.
StrawberryVanilla14 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Zancrispy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
ehhhhhhh i'll try 
Iamgem Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
I guess there's no harm in trying
KarrasuShi Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Just done the first one 
this is really good
but would you want credit that the challenge was your idea?
An0nymousFlow3rs Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Student General Artist
Reminds me of art class.

"Great" memories of drawing buildings over and over again.
TheHalfblood Featured By Owner Edited Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to do this. Even if I die. 

One thing though, the character generator is down right now, is there another you would suggest using?
TheHalfblood Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :tighthug: I will!
Kam-Fox Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I've been doing this for a while, these are my pieces so far! :…
StrawberryVanilla14 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You don't need improvement, your art is already amazing ;-; <3
SunsetSprite Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:squee: :iconlachoirplz: hug APH Prussia tackle hug Natsuki Shinomiya (Super hug) [V1] Natsuki Shinomiya (Super hug) [V1] Bro hug Hug Let me hug you! Taiga and Minori (I miss you hug) [V1] Hug 3# Yayoi Takatsuki + Mami Futami Emote - Hug Hiro hug. Tohru hugs Kisa-chan [V1] +Taemin x Jonghyun - Hug (Emoticon) 
...You have no idea how long I have been looking for something to improve my art. 
That-HoH-pjofan12345 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I kind of want to do this... but I don't know if I could do multiple things at the same time. I mean, I can multi-task like doing homework, while listening to music, chatting to someone, AND playing a shooting game, but I CAN'T read and write AND draw at the same time! I'm trying to improve my writing skills without my writing skills interfering my drawing skills. UGH//// Life.
mbakpapa Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Challenge accepted! ;;w;; ;;w;; do I get negative points for whining?? XD
StyxDracosi Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
*cracks knuckles*
..fuck how am I going to survive
The-KawaiiSeal Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, I'll think about this XD
ventimocha Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Thanks! I'd love to do this too!
Foxxlight Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been wanting to do this for a while and I think I'm finally going to start. cx
PounomiK Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Student General Artist
Sounds fun. I'm in.
PurpleMochi7 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice, I wanna try this o3o
AmaranthicalRose Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
Definitely going to try this ^^
AmaranthicalRose Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Finished it:…
It was a lot of fun.
Kirasel Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Challenge accepted.
thefournationsplus1 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014   Filmographer
quick question- am i allowed to draw during this????
CandyPrankster Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
challenge... accepted
Tytoquetra Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Webby-Kun Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Challenge accepted.
darkpaul91 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014

or ill die trying 
WhiteRaisu Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Challenge accepted... Starting tomorrow!
Giggles0805 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm giving this a try!…
Giggles0805 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Challenged finished.…
Kirasel Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
You are awesome. I applaud you.
Giggles0805 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
DrachenGarnet Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student General Artist
So doing this!
iImperator Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Student General Artist
challenge accepted, going to give this a go as soon as my exams finish on the 21st of may :) 
Lord-Viincha Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
is it still too late to do this challenge? ;o

I have never done a challenge before xD I dunno how this exactly works v.v
Ryfkah Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
I started it a few days ago and it's great fun ^__^
Manda-of-the-6 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student General Artist
This might just be the thing to relieve school stress on days when I get tired of focusing on one thing (ex. 4+ hours of traditional animation) and to get myself into a separate mindframe. Only then can I look at what I'm working on with fresh eyes as well as develop as an artist. :D
RandomLifes Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im doing this. :)
Toto-the-cat2 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
I am going to do this... :iconlikeabossmemeplz: :eager: (Although I don't get why the point system is there and how it works. :giggle: )
by-MK Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I am so happy that you posted here on DA too.
I don't Tumblr, and I really want to try this.

if you don't mind I am going to accept the challenge :)
Adjidaumo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student General Artist
This looks amazing and very helpful.
LaughingHeron Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm totally going to give this a try. And better yet, since I've done so much digital I'll do this all with traditional media to get me back in shape with a real pencil.
Forward-Darkly Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I wish to try this.....and it works? :
AbelPhee Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It works only as well as how much effort your put into it. It's designed to: inspire, get in the habit of drawing every day, make you try new things, and draw things you're probably not comfortable with, which are all things you need to do to improve. :)
Forward-Darkly Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist

*dies, oh wish me luck...
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