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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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XMidnightDrearyX Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Should I do this...?
(I will probably die trying to do this but idc)
Giraoilga Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Maybe I should do this....hmmm.....
M1BU Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Good Gawd I need this. Going to start right now.

Thanks for creating this challenge!
Paigely Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Heck challenge it is *actually considering doing it anyway*
AnastaciaPodarevska Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015
Hell, indeed! I'm so excited for it!!
akkirose Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Student General Artist
I'm gonna try this! :> much excite 
Kaizoku-hime Featured By Owner Edited Aug 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
finally done!! combined day 29 and 30 ;)) best of luck to everyone else that is doing this in 2015!

Day 29,30 -30 Day Art Improvement (Hell) Challenge by Kaizoku-hime
Chi-kunxXMei-sanXx Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
Welp gonna do it starting now…Actually right after I study but still xD!
EatingHandsSince1969 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Time to tackle my inner sin.
forever-a-wild-wolf Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a bit of a newer artist, so I don't know what some of the terms are. Can anyone help?
-1 pt and 2pt perspective
-perspective grid
-and I just don't understand lighting and shadow. Anyone know any good beginner tutorials?
Paigely Featured By Owner Edited Sep 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Okay, I can explain 1 & 2 point perspective. Okay , take something 3-D and simple, like a building. 1 point perspective is when you can see 1 side of the building, as if you were standing in front of it. 2 point perspective is when you can see two sides, like you're looking at it from the corner. And while I'm explaining perspectives I'll explain the last one. 3 point perspective, it's like you're looking at the building from high up, you can see the roof and 2 sides.

I hope that helps ^^
forever-a-wild-wolf Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It does!!! Thank you so much!!
Paigely Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Np ^^ and if you have other questions I might be able to answer those to :3
LuCiiPeR Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is a 1 pt perspective:… (Example:…)
This is a 2 pt perspective:… (Example:…)
The perspective grid is something like this:… (With 1, 2 or 3 pts to your choosing)
Lighting and shadowing. . . I can't really give examples of that as the wordsp retty much state out what they mean. . . :p

- All images found on Google image -
Moriri Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
Gotta do it. Even if I cry out of frustration, I'm gonna do it. : D
Yuriqueen Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The day six generator doesn't work
LuCiiPeR Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yuriqueen Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :3
jooweeuh Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Student General Artist
gotta do ittt
Kaizoku-hime Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
well after a long time of wanting to, I finally decided to start! here's my day 1=D Day 1- 30 Day Art Improvement (Hell) Challenge by Kaizoku-hime
Nyamh Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist
Who doesn't like improvement ;p Count me in :)
thebostonbombing Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
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?
LuCiiPeR Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Stettafire Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist General 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.
Doux-Berry Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Zancrispy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
ehhhhhhh i'll try 
Iamgem Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Student Artist
I guess there's no harm in trying
KarrasuShi Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Just done the first one 
this is really good
but would you want credit that the challenge was your idea?
KeuIiseu 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! :…
Doux-Berry Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist General 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  Student 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????
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