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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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NoPitaLupita21 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Writer
I really want to improve on my art so yeah.... I'll do it.
souronella Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The randomizer link is giving me an error :( Is it just me or is this for everyone? :(
SpatialDimensions Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
It's doing it to me as well. 
KuroAlis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016
The site has most likely been taken down. You can find another one on google. Like this one…
SpatialDimensions Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I found a couple of others as well, but I'll check this site out too!
BirdOfDeStars Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh hey, this seems fun. I'll have to do it sometime!
Sylvia132005 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I start this and never gonna know when will I finish
Sylvia132005 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I'm gonna open google translate, now
UnicornCat Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Really awesome idea. I think I'm trying to do this :)
ItalyLuv24242424 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seeing as I really need practice and I'm having artist's block, I should probably do this! :)
VAPArt Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Hobbyist
Hmmm...just might decide to give this a go myself w00t!. Kinda in a art block, this might be just what I need :) (Smile).  
Zeifly Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Student General Artist
Just submitted my first drawing for Day 1!!! I really hope I can complete this challenge. Wish me luck!
sweetturkey Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
drawing the first one now wish me luck!Sweating a little... 
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  Hobbyist 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  Student
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  Hobbyist 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
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