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Fearless Art Jumpstart: A 14-Day Drawing Challenge to Unlock Your Creative Self

Marie-Noëlle Wurm, Artist, illustrator, stargazer

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36 Lessons (1h 46m)
    • 1. Fearless Art Jumpstart: A 14-day Drawing Challenge to Unlock Your Creative Self

      4:14
    • 2. Jumping in

      1:56
    • 3. Tools & tribulations

      2:26
    • 4. Day 1 – Journey

      0:37
    • 5. Journey demo

      4:03
    • 6. #fearlessartchallenge & win one year of Skillshare Premium

      1:04
    • 7. Day 2 – Cloudwatching in your sketchbook

      1:13
    • 8. Cloudwatching demo

      2:49
    • 9. (Interlude) Be an amateur by Austin Kleon

      5:10
    • 10. Day 3 – Feelin' a bit slow

      1:25
    • 11. Feeelin' slow demo

      4:52
    • 12. Day 4 – Shake it up!

      0:46
    • 13. Shake it up! demo

      6:41
    • 14. Day 5 – Metamorphosis

      0:47
    • 15. Metamorphosis demo

      6:57
    • 16. Day 6 – Metamorphosis #2

      0:31
    • 17. Demo Metamorphosis #2

      4:36
    • 18. (Interlude) Bravery

      0:28
    • 19. Day 7 –  Crowd of creatures

      0:50
    • 20. Demo Crowd of creatures

      1:59
    • 21. Day 8 – Colors & more colors

      0:57
    • 22. Colors & more colors demo

      8:16
    • 23. Day 9 – Flatten it out

      0:52
    • 24. Flatten it out demo

      4:45
    • 25. Day 10 – Thread

      0:33
    • 26. Thread demo

      6:22
    • 27. Day 11 – Transform me

      1:58
    • 28. Transform me demo

      7:08
    • 29. Day 12 – Structure

      0:21
    • 30. Structure demo

      2:40
    • 31. Day 13 – Take 2

      1:19
    • 32. Take 2 demo

      6:25
    • 33. Day 14 – Texture

      2:15
    • 34. Texture demo

      2:36
    • 35. The end (almost)

      3:06
    • 36. Tiny takeaway

      2:37
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About This Class

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Do you feel a little stuck in your art practice? Do you want to challenge yourself? Try new things? Become more fearless when you draw? Jumpstart your art? Hone in on your style? Unlock your creativity? Jump headfirst into the unknown?


This class is a 14-day drawing challenge which does just that. I'll be giving you 14 different creative prompts, one for each day, and trying to give you little tips and bits of inspiration along the way to keep you motivated. I've tried making the prompts as varied as possible so that you can try out new things, push out of your comfort zone and become more and more fearless in your art-making. 

In this class, as we move forward with the prompts, I also want to provide you with a shift in mindset that is incredibly useful to unlock your creativity & hone in on your artistic style. I'll go through the process of showing you my interpretation of the prompts, and show you how making mistakes gives you the freedom to become more creative. Each one of the prompts is an opportunity to exploring this mindset even more, in order for you to come away from the class feeling more empowered and confident in your art. 

See you in class! And if you want to come hang out with me on Instagram or Patreon, come on over I'll make you tea. :)

If you want to check out some of my other classes, they're over here: 

Abstract Watercolor Painting: Explore Through Freeform & Planned Process ( selected as a Staff Pick!)

Improve Your Ink Work: Brush Pen Adventures Through Lines & Textures ( selected as a Staff Pick!)

Drawing Plants & Leaves: Grow Your Unique Style Through a Visual Library 

Secrets, Tips & Tricks to Finding Your Voice as an Artist

Unleash Your Creativity: Draw Without Fear in 5 Simple Exercises

Transcripts

1. Fearless Art Jumpstart: A 14-day Drawing Challenge to Unlock Your Creative Self: [MUSIC]. God. Today is really hard. Hi, my name is Marina Le Ray and I'm an artist and illustrator based in the south of France. In my artwork I do like to play around with tinge of darkness. I think that our imaginary worlds are really essential to us as human beings in order to grow and to become better people. It allows us to think outside the box and see things in new ways and transform even the darker parts of ourselves into something that is empowering. The themes that I work on, revolve around the natural world, but not just the natural world. Mountains, clouds, stars, forests, underwater sea creatures, but also more abstract things or more story-like illustrations. Mysterious places that are dream-like but with a touch of darkness. I have already done three classes on Skillshare. Unleash your creativity: Draw without fear in five simple exercises. Secrets tips and tricks to finding your voices as an artist. My third class, which was a more of a technical class about drawing plants and leaves, but most of all, learning how to build a visual library and using that as a way of growing your style. What you might have noticed is that, what I'm really interested in is helping you develop your creativity, helping you discover your artistic style because we all have something very unique in the way that we draw and the key is to discover that way of drawing. That is particular to each one of us. I'm really interested in helping you unlock the parts of you that want to be creative and finding that creative expression within yourself. Look, you might notice Skillshare class. Let's say that you're stuck, you decided that you want to be drawing more in your life. You want to be more creative on a day to day basis, but you're having a bit of a creative block. You just don't know what it is that you should be drawing even though you want to be drawing. Or let's say that you're not lacking in ideas, but you want to get pushed out of your comfort zone. Let's say, you're interested in completing a drawing challenge. If that's the case, this class is for you. Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or advanced level drawer, this is going to be a 14-day drawing challenge, where every single day I'm going to be giving you a different specific prompts. Some of them are going to be more abstract, some of them are going to be more figurative. They can be a mix of the two. In any case, what I'm hoping is that we're going to be able to push past our comfort zones and try new things. As you're going to be doing these exercises, you're going to be learning how to develop your own personal style. These prompts are going to be springboards for your creativity. I'm hoping that along the way, we're going to discover fun things about ourselves. Things that we like, things that we don't like what you can keep in mind for the future. Also, just have a fun little array of exercises to pull from. It's a 14-day challenge. I recommend doing one a day, but if you can't because of life, that's alright. Just do them whenever you can. My name is Marina Le Ray. I'm an artist and illustrator and I challenge you to join me on this 14-day drawing challenge, which I guarantees going to be fun and hopefully, will push you out of your comfort zone and help you learn what your style is. 2. Jumping in: Welcome to the class, thanks so much for joining in. I think this is going to be super fun and I just wanted to give you a few little pointers before we start out. I'm going to be giving you a different prompt every day. I'm trying to make them as varied as possible so that we can explore a ton of different avenues together, so that you can try things that you maybe have not tried before and push yourself out of those comfort zones, that we kind of sometimes sink into. Obviously I'm going to be demoing each one of these prompts for you. Some of them are going to be time-lapse, some of them are going to be real-time. But the thing that's important to me is even though I'm giving you a demo of my interpretation, what I'm interested in is your interpretation of the prompt. Why do I say this? One of the biggest struggles that a lot of artists face is the difficulty of having faith in yourself, trusting your artistic vision. I'm hoping that during this challenge you'll allow yourself to tap into your own artistic expression, figure out the things that work for you and to embody the vision that you actually have, even if it means that you're going to stumble along the way and make mistakes and failures and bad drawings that's all part of the process. Those are all stepping stones on the path of becoming who you are as an artist. The earlier that you start working with your authenticity and your vulnerability, the easier it'll be to create powerful, authentic images that you're proud of and that other people resonate with, so that's really important. Keep in mind that even if I'm demoing these exercises for you and you can obviously take inspiration from them but, stay true to your vision. All right, with all that said, let's get to it and start making. 3. Tools & tribulations : Let's talk about what you need for the class. You need to have maybe a little bit of self-deprecating humor, little bit of compassion for yourself for when your drawings are not so good. A lot of joy when you're happy with what you've made and you also need motivation. Basically, all you need is paper and a sketchbook, or a sketchbook, in a sketchbook, out of a sketchbook, you just need paper, and tools. I have markers, crayons, these are fun, I like those. I even have a highlighter. I also have a bunch of pencils, black pens. I could if I wanted to use paints, whatever you have lying around that are your tools that you like to have fun with, that'll work. I hope that gives you a clearer idea. Maybe this was a little excessive, I don't know. Well, just paper and pens, that's it. It would be fun to also share our projects in the project section, not only so I can see you because it's fun for me to see how you interpret these exercises, but also for everybody else. Because I really want us to come together and give each other some support to actually finish the exercises. Show each other what are the parts that we enjoyed and that we were good at and what are the parts of that we were maybe not so satisfied with? If we reveal these to each other, then we also give each other the permission to make mistakes. I really believe that integrating failure is a huge part of what creates success. It's a way of being nice to ourselves, pulling away from the idea of constantly being perfect, being a perfect artist, making a perfect drawing. That's a lot of pressure to deal with. We already deal with such complicated lives that are busy, and then you have your job, your friends, your family, your relationships. There's so much that we have to deal with on a day-to-day basis. Why not make drawing one of these places where we can take a little break. Let off some pressure, embrace the fact that we're complex human beings that have both beautiful successes and not so beautiful failures. [MUSIC] 4. Day 1 – Journey: For this exercise, it's going to be very simple. I'm just going to give you a simple word and you can interpret this word in whatever manner you see fit. Which is going to be really fascinating because I'm sure that there are so many different ways of interpreting this. The prompt for today is journey. You can choose to interpret that in a figurative way, you can choose to interpret it in a symbolic way, realistic way. I'm really excited to see what you come up with. All right, see you on the other side. 5. Journey demo: okay? 6. #fearlessartchallenge & win one year of Skillshare Premium: I was also thinking that we should, maybe, if you use Instagram, have an Instagram hashtag for the challenge, then we can motivate each other and like each other's drawings in do all the Instagram stuff. I use Instagram a lot and so if you want to do that, then you can follow me on Instagram and use the hashtag, #fearlessartchallenge, because that's what we are bad at and fearless, okay. Also as a little aside, whoever is going to complete the 14-day drawing challenge before August 31st, if you share it in the project section and on Instagram while tagging me and #fearlessartchallenge, you'll be entered to win a one-year premium Skillshare membership. I think that's going to be fun and I can't wait to see what you make. 7. Day 2 – Cloudwatching in your sketchbook: Some of you might have already done this exercise, if you're familiar with creative exercises. If you are, then I still invite you to do it once again because there's always fun stuff to discover. I know I enjoyed this exercise a lot, even though I have done it a kajillion times. The idea is to make a random shape. If you want, you can do it with your eyes open, but if you want to add an element of fun, you could also close your eyes and just scribble something. I want you to first create this random sheep. Little by little, I want you to try to recognize or see something in this shape, like the idea of what you do when you're lying on the grass looking up at the clouds. All of that looks like a partnership. It's that idea, except that now you're teasing out what it is that you're seeing from that sheep that you created. I'm really excited about this because he can bring you to a lot of different directions and I think it can be fun. I hope you enjoy it. 8. Cloudwatching demo: way way. Yeah, three. 9. (Interlude) Be an amateur by Austin Kleon: As you slowly work through these challenges one-by-one, I thought it would be fun to share with you a few thoughts on creativity. As you might have noticed,at the end of each one of the prompts that I gave you, I put in a little quote of somebody that I find inspirational and has had something to say about creativity that I thought would be useful to you. I know that the things that I know about creativity today are not things that I learned on my own. They were transmitted to me through various things; Books, people, teachers. There's so much information about creativity and the artistic process and so we should use that. Just as a motivation to keep working on these different challenges, I wanted to share with you one of these people who I think is super inspirational and talks about creativity. You mostly probably know him from a book that he wrote called Steal Like an Artist. His name is Austin Kleon. He wrote another book which I have, called, Show Your Work, which is also super fun. There's one part of it that I thought would be really interesting to share with you, because I think it talks exactly about the kind of thing that is important in order to develop yourself as an artist. It starts like this, "Be an amateur. Were all terrified of being revealed as amateurs, but in fact, today it is the amateur, the enthusiast who pursues her work in the spirit of love, regardless of the potential for fame, money, or career, who often has the advantage over the professional. Because they have little to lose, amateurs are willing to try anything and share the results. They take chances, experiment, and follow their wins. Sometimes in the process of doing things in an unprofessional way, they make new discoveries. 'In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities', said Zen monk, Shunryu Suzuki. In the expert's mind, there are a few. Amateurs are not afraid to make mistakes or look ridiculous in public. They're in love, so they don't hesitate to do work that others think of as silly or just plain stupid. 'The stupidest possible creative act is still a creative act', writes Clay Shirky, in his book, Cognitive Surplus. On the spectrum of creative work, the difference between the mediocre and the good is vast. Mediocrity is, however, still on the spectrum. You can move from mediocre to good in increments. The real gap is between doing nothing and doing something. Amateurs know that contributing something is better than contributing nothing. Amateurs might lack for formal training, but they're all lifelong learners and they make a point of learning in the open so that others can learn from their failures and their successes. The world is changing at such a rapid rate that it's turning us all into amateurs. Even for professionals, the best way to flourish is to retain an amateur spirit and embrace uncertainty in the unknown. When Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke was asked what he thought his greatest strength was, he answered, 'That I don't know what I'm doing'. Like one of his heroes, Tom Waits, whenever Yorke feels like his songwriting is getting too comfortable or stale, he'll pick up an instrument he doesn't know how to play and try to write with it. This is yet another trait of amateurs. They'll use whatever tools they can get their hands on to try to get their ideas into the world". So that's just another way of saying that making mistakes is awesome. It's not even that making mistakes is bad. It's literally awesome, because it means that you're taking risks. That you're jumping into the unknown willfully and with curiosity. There's so much to be learned from that. So amateur is not a negative thing, just like failure is not a negative thing. Scribbling or doodling is not a negative thing. Those words are often seen as something that is like, "not very serious and oh, it's just a scribble". But I actually think that there's so much to be learned from the act of scribbling. When you're a kid is when you're probably the most creative. Because you pick up your markers and you just draw and you're having fun. When you look at kids drawings, they're often very playful and they have a fun energy to them. These challenges that we're doing is also a way to reconnect with the inner child that's within you and let that inner child have fun. Not everything has to be serious. It can be fun and playful and you can learn from it and get better. I'm going to stop talking and I'm going to let you get back to these challenges. I hope you have fun. 10. Day 3 – Feelin' a bit slow: Today is going to be more of a physical challenge. So what I mean by that is we usually have a certain wave drawing, a certain speed of drawing, a certain way of holding the pencil and today I want us to focus on the speed. In particular, I'm going to ask you to create a drawing using very slow movements. I want you to really pay attention to the movement of your pen as you're using it, or of your pencil, your marker, your brush. I want you to really focus on being very present during the act of drawing and creating lines and shapes. You might find that you get frustrated and then you want to draw much faster. But even if that's the case, rather than resist it, pay attention to that, melt into the moment, melt into drawing slowly and it doesn't need to last 30 minutes, it can end up being a five minute drawing, that's fine. But do it with presence and focus. I hope that you like this one and I'm really interested in how you reacted towards it and what it stirred up or not, whether you found it maybe super peaceful. 11. Feeelin' slow demo: - You know what? All right. 12. Day 4 – Shake it up!: Today we're going to do an exercise that's in contrast with the one I gave you yesterday. Whereas yesterday I was asking you to draw with the very slow movements today, I'm going to ask you to create a very energetic drawing. Let your energy loose, have fun with it bring out your big markers or your big crayons, or your pencils, whatever but just go at it I want there to be chaos and energy and something super fast and the drawing can end up taking, a half-hour that's fine too. The importance here is the energy and same thing you can do something abstract, something figurative both are fun, try whatever it is that you prefer. 13. Shake it up! demo: I'm about to get started on the energetic drawing. I think I'm also going to be using color. You don't have to use color, but if you want to, then feel free. There are a few different things that I'm going to be probably using. Maybe some art and graphic twins also, if I can get them out, these guys, so there are these really big woody stabilo pens or pencils, I don't know, I guess, whatever you want to call them, often when I do energetic drawings I find these really fun to play with. That's what I'm going to, I have a few more, but this is going to be the initial. It might change, I might add in also some pencil at some point. We'll see. Let's get started. I thought this was going to be black, turns out its green. I don't think you can see it on the video, but I'm also standing up as I'm doing this and it's something that I've noticed can help when you're wanting to do an energetic drawing just because I guess it puts you already in an energetic pose. That's something you can try. My drawing here is also going to probably be abstract. But you can go ahead and make something more figurative if you want to do that. If you're more familiar with my work, you might have seen that some of these energetic drawings turn into mountains. Not sure if this one is going to become one of those, but it might so you see but I do quite like this orange with the gray. You'll notice that in comparison to slow drawing, something energetic has something a little bit more chaotic to it obviously. That can also become something messy. But there's a difference to me between something that is messy. Meaning that maybe you're thinking about something else and something that's chaotic, which means that you're staying present even when you're drawing in a very chaotic way. As I'm drawing this I'm not thinking about or I'm trying not to at least what I'm going to do tomorrow, I'm really trying to think about, okay, the shapes and the colors, and how do they fit together and how do they work with each other, so that even though there's chaos, it's somehow works together as one drawing. That has more to do with quality of presence than anything else. I often actually talk about that, is, often a good drawing or one that is often seen as like powerful or successful, has much more to do with quality of presence than it has to do with anything else. I mean, yes, of course, there is skill, there's all the other stuff. But if you're present while you're drawing and you convey the energy that you're experiencing as you're drawing it, then you'll often create something that you will enjoy and others will enjoy. You'll also notice what I do is sometimes I'll be fleeting back and forth and usually that happens when I'm taking a step back and looking at it as a whole rather than one little corner of the drawing. That's something that you do is fleet in and out between something very close up where you're focusing on what it is that you're actually doing and then stepping back and looking at it from another point of view from something that's a little bit more general. I said earlier that this probably wouldn't turn into mountains, but it has and that's fine. I think I'm pretty much done with this. Something else that you can if you're working with colors, but even if you're working with black and white is how do these colors create contrast? For example, this is a very dark color, this blue, which is right next to this other blue that's more light. There's going to be as strong contrast built between the two. There's one way that you can look at contrast is by squinting your eyes. That can be really useful. It dulls the colors and you can see where your eye looks at and what the general shape of your drawing is and it can be super useful too. As you can tell, so some of my pens or markers are very dry, but rather than see that as a disadvantage, I see it as an advantage because it can be texture, it can be cool texture that I wouldn't otherwise be able to make. Alright, so I think this one's done, and as you can see, it is some sort of abstract colorful mountain which will probably become part of my series of mountains. Just going to isolate the colors that I used. I think I used that one is that one, this, the orange and this pink, a lot of colors that I used. It was fun. I hope you enjoyed the energetic drawing exercise. I look forward to seeing what you make in the project section. 14. Day 5 – Metamorphosis: Today I'm going to invite you to create a drawing around the word metamorphosis. But I'm also going to give you an additional constraint, which is that I want your drawing to have space around it. Perhaps, it'll be in the center, perhaps it'll be off-center, that doesn't really matter. But what's most important is that you keep in mind the word metamorphosis, and also that there's space. The negative space around the drawing is really important, and I want you to consider that and take that into account as you're doing this drawing about metamorphosis. 15. Metamorphosis demo: - way . 16. Day 6 – Metamorphosis #2 : Today, the prompt is going to echo the one that we did yesterday. Why? Because I'm using the exact same word, metamorphosis. But the distinction today is that the constraint is that your drawing fills up your entire page. Whereas yesterday we were thinking about negative space and where are you going to place your drawing within that negative space, today, we're going to cover the entire page. It can be in color, black and white, whatever works for you. 17. Demo Metamorphosis #2: and 18. (Interlude) Bravery: You're almost halfway done with all these exercises. First off, I think you can congratulate yourself on coming so far. It's already awesome. Especially, if you struggled with being consistent or with pushing yourself out of your comfort zones. Please take the time to feel proud of all the things that you overcame and worked with. 19. Day 7 –  Crowd of creatures: Today, I'm going to challenge you to create a crowd of creatures. Creatures, I say the word creatures rather than animals or monsters because it can vary from all those things, and it can be something that's inspired by reality or not at all, and it can be something that's almost completely abstract, but yet it's still a creature. I'd like you to have fun with this, and create your own little crowd of creatures. That's the challenge of today. Whatever tools you want, color or not, that's all fine. I'll see you on the other side. 20. Demo Crowd of creatures: 21. Day 8 – Colors & more colors: Today, we're going to do an exercise linked with color. For a lot of these exercises, I've asked you to do whatever you feel like doing in terms of color or black and white or whatever tools that you're using. Today, I'm going to constrain that a little bit. The challenge is going to be directly linked with the tools we're using. I'd like to invite you to create a drawing according to the colors of your day, and so, that can take whatever form you want, whether it's figurative or abstract, but I definitely want you to be including colors here. Have fun with it. Whatever tools it is that you use, whether it's markers, pencil, crayons, colored pencils, or paint, there is a lot of different things that we can use here. Go ahead and have fun with it, but represent your day in color. 22. Colors & more colors demo: I'm right handed and you might have noticed that I also drew with my left hand. That's something that can be super fun because it gives a different kind of energy if you're working something that's a little bit more abstract, or that semi abstract for example. Since your right hand is the one that you control very well. The left one is not as precise, you end up shaking a little more, there is a different vibe, that actually gets transmitted into the lines, that happen to be made, so, that can also be a fun game if you want to integrate that using either your non-dominant hand or both hands at the same time, which is also super fun. Just to show you how you can end up modifying your drawing so, I thought this one was finished and then I took a step back and I realize that there's something about this line that bothers me a little so I'm going to come in and, add a little bit more around here. I don't know if he'd noticed the line was diagonal and somehow that bothered me. I kind wanted to keep a circular structure, and so that's what I did by adding this little part here is I kept that sort of little circular, color spot. I can't wait to see what you mean, I don't know if you noticed I also used, these markers, which are art and graphic twin markers. I like them a lot, and I've had them actually for a number of years and what's funny is they have two different ends, they one that's more of like a brush, and even though it's still a marker it's just kind of a softer edge, and this one has a marker tip more similar to other marker tips you might have seen. What's fun about these is since I have had them for a number of years. These sides are actually still really functional but these sides, became very dry and so they made this really interesting texture, and I'm going to just show you. Do you see how dry in scratchy that is? So some people as soon as they're markers get dry and throwing them away, but, I actually recommend keeping them because it can give you a really interesting textures and things that you might not have used, otherwise. I actually integrate that often in my drawings, I didn't in this one, but see how my black, has all this itchy, little like dots almost because of how dry it is. So yeah. That's what I used, and then I also used, a simple, eyeliner and everything is an excuse to be used. I used pretty much anything I can get my hands on, if I like the texture of it or the color of it or whatever. No qualms there go ahead have fun with it and yeah, I hope I can get to see your colors of the day very soon. 23. Day 9 – Flatten it out: So today is going to be more of a physical constraint or rather should I say structural constraint. I want to invite you to make a very flat drawing. What I mean by that is I don't want any sort of perspective. I also want it to be figurative, so something that exists in the world, something that represents something. There can be abstract elements within it, that's fine. But please try to make something that is based in reality but that doesn't have any of the depth or perspective that you might have in reality. A very flat drawing, that's the constraint for today. 24. Flatten it out demo: So now I'm going to go ahead with the flat drawing exercise. I'm probably going to be using some color in this as well. I actually don't really know what I'm going to do, except that I was thinking of doing something more related to plant, which I think is fun. So that's pretty much my starting point and we'll see where that goes. I also quite like the white actually. So maybe that's something that'll keep in mind. Meanwhile, I'm just going to do one side. Even though this is a flat drawing, I can still put things behind each other. What I'm trying to think about here is the fact that I'm not making them 3D. I'm trying to really have the flat surface that I'm working on. So I'm adding these little squares and rectangles because, I don't know, I thought it would be fun to increase the flatness of the drawing by just integrating some geometric shapes. So that's something you can do to your field. Obviously there are many many ways of interpreting this exercise. If you're familiar with my work, this is definitely very different from what I usually do, which is why it's fun. So even if you have a specific style that you've horned in on, then it's not necessarily a bad thing to go out and keep pushing your boundaries. Even if you know what kind of things you do, you can discover a lot of fun things, and I feel like this drawing, I'm learning a lot as I'm doing it. So change is always something that is a good thing. There's always something to learn. All right. I think that's done. So there you go. That's my flat and drawing. Initially, I was planning on integrating some other elements like maybe a house but made very flat so where it doesn't look like a cube. It's just literally flat square with a flat roof. But as I was doing it, I ended up actually really enjoying just playing around with these shapes and the leaves and then the tiny leaves. So I decided not to integrate that into there. You can then take even multiple objects together and blend them into this image. But try to really think of this that it is a flat surface and you want to make it very clear that you're drawing on a flat surface. So your objects are going to be flat. Then, maybe you can also have geometric shapes or other ways of showing flat colors also which increases the impression of flatness in your drawing. I hope you like the exercise, and I can't wait to see what you share. 25. Day 10 – Thread : Your prompt for today is the word thread. So go ahead have fun with that. You can obviously interpret that in a literal sense, a thread. But part of what? Or you can interpreted in a more symbolic metaphorical sense or even use that as an excuse for making abstract forms. I can't wait to see what you make in the project section, and I'll see you later. 26. Thread demo: I'm going to be starting on the thread exercise, and one thing that I wanted you to notice is as you can tell here, there's a little bit of the ink from my previous exercise that spilled over onto this one. That's totally okay. I'm actually not going to go on a clean page. I'm going to integrate this into my drawing. We'll see how, my guesses I'm probably going to start with this little section. That's something that you can do. Even if and your sketchbook you have on a dirty pages or something that blended onto that pages, then that's fine. You can actually use that to make your other drawings. That's super fun too. Let's get started. I don't know if you saw what I did, but I'm actually using those little dots. It's the excuse for a little game that I'm playing with myself like a connect the dots kind of thing. That's another thing is the most important is to have fun. As soon as you can find like a little game to play with yourself. Whether or not the person looking at your drawing at the end will be able to determine that. It doesn't really matter. It's just fun to be able to use those little games that we make for ourselves as a way of making yourself become more creative. Sometimes I'm following my own lines, and sometimes I'm not following on this lines. Just a way of playing around with this. You can see my pen is also running out of ink, but that's fine. That creates a fun kind of texture where the thread is almost like frayed. Why not use that? It's almost like the wind and is carrying away this little bowl of thread and there's all this thread is just flying all round. This is done. I started as you saw with the thread and then it became a bowl's thread. Then with all tons of threads leaving left and right from that. That's a more literal way of going about this exercise. But you could also decide to think about what a thread is and in what context it can be used or what it could mean metaphorically. All those are also things that you can create a drawing from. It doesn't necessarily have to be a literal thread. Though it can be and that can be fun as well. I hope you enjoy the exercise. 27. Day 11 – Transform me: Today we're going to do something that I think is a very useful exercise and a really good challenge when you're somebody who likes drawing, and you want to improve on your drawing skills and also learn something about yourself. Today I'm going to ask you to look back at all the drawings that we've made up till now, and find one drawing that you don't really like. There's probably going to be one, if not two, is not three, it depends. But if you don't and you're happy with everything you've done up till now, that's awesome. Then maybe go back to some of your older drawings and find one that you're not really convinced. I want you to take that drawing, and that is going to be the starting point for your drawing today. What I'm going to ask you to do is transform this older drawing. Transform this drawing that you didn't like to turn it into something new. The idea is not to continue it, the idea is to transform it and to change it so that it becomes something that you are a little bit more satisfied with. If you don't get to a point where you're entirely satisfied, that's fine too. The real challenge here is to push past the barrier of looking at a drawing that we don't like and yet doing something with it. If you've already accomplished that, then that's awesome. I'm really looking forward to having you explore this and I'm really excited also to know what you thought of it and what it triggered or not in your thought process, in your drawing style. Please share in the project section so we can all check it out. 28. Transform me demo: Now, I'm going to start on the exercise where you choose a drawing that you don't completely like and we're going to transform it. This one, I thought was okay, but I'm not totally in love with it. What I'm now going to do, is I'm going to use this as my starting point and maybe as I'm building it, I'll end up covering most or all of the drawing, and that's okay too. I don't want you to be afraid to try things out, so the most important thing is that this is your starting point, imagine that somebody else did this drawing and gave you the piece of paper and said, now, you continue this drawing, but I want you to keep in mind the idea of transforming, I might add some color, I might stay in black and white, I'm not sure yet, basically just play with it. There's something else I like to keep in mind, is the idea that if you don't like your drawing, it's possible that you might not have explored it enough, so what I mean by that is, sometimes we jump to the judgment, I don't like this drawing, it's terrible, and you put it away and you never look at it again, but what you're missing out, is you're missing out the opportunity of learning something as you keep exploring. I don't know if you can tell, but I'm creating little games from myself, and then I am playing with them and seeing where they go, and how the drawing is shifting for me, do I like it better, do I want to transform it in order to create something new, or do I want to bring it out, so for example, this section is a section I quite liked and I decided to leave that one, but then to rework or to explore different things with areas that I wasn't so happy with. If even after 30 minutes, or an hour of reworking your drawing, there's no shift, then may be at that point you can tell yourself, well, this is a failed experiment, what have I learned from it. But then every once in a while, if you push past the discomfort, you get to a place where you're actually able to transform your drawing so much, that you end up liking it for a completely different reason, and that's what's super I'm reaching when exploring this exercise, and it's something that you can do with any and all drawings that you don't like, keep transforming them, keep reworking them, and see how you react to it, see how you shift your reaction to the drawing shifts as you keep exploring things. I can tell you that I'm feeling like I'm getting closer to it being finished, and also sometimes what I do is I take some time away from my drawing and then I come back to it on another day, to have a fresher perspective on it, so that I can really decide, is this one actually a drawing that I like, or is it something that I need to continue transforming into something else, or have I concluded that I'm done playing with it and I don't like it that much, but that's okay, I figure out what information is interesting there and move on and something else. The point is to not get stuck on the fact that you don't like a drawling, and to become comfortable with the notion of making mistakes or failure and of also exploring new realms, becoming more familiar with the unknown. I can feel them am happier with this, than I was initially. Then there's something interesting on the flow here, and I'm really happy that I kept this shape that I quite like in the center. All right. I think I'm done, and so who knows, I might come back to this, tomorrow or the day after, and decide, maybe I want to add a little something, or add another color, some more lines, or I may have just decide, yeah, you know what, I agree with my initial response, and I think it's done. I can't wait to see what you make. 29. Day 12 – Structure: Your prompt for today is the word structure. I'm not going to say anything else, but I hope you have fun with it. 30. Structure demo: - way , - way . 31. Day 13 – Take 2: You're almost done. The exercise for today is something that you can actually take and use in a general way.Whenever you're thinking of creating a new idea or when you're not sure what to do next, you can apply it in a ton of different ways, and that's why this is such a fun exercise. I'm going to ask you to look at all the drawings that you've created up until now, and to choose two things that you think are interesting. It doesn't even mean that you need to like them. It's just something that catches your attention. So pick these two things from your drawings that you've made. And I want you to create a new drawing, mixing both of these things. The two things need to be taken from two distinct drawings. We're going to merge them into one drawing. But obviously, I don't want us just to do a literal copying of one thing and the literal copying of another thing, and then just mashing them together. What I want you to do is to use both of those things to create something new. Those two things are kind of like the two little stepping stones before the bridge that you create. 32. Take 2 demo: way, way, - way , way, - way , way, way, way, way, - way , way. 33. Day 14 – Texture: Congratulations, you're on your last challenge, your last day of the challenge. What I want to do for today is something a little bit different. We're going to be using our smart phones. If you have a smartphone or a camera, if you have one. I'm going to ask you to take a picture of a texture that you find interesting. It can be something that you find in your home or it can be something that you find in the town that you live, it could be dirt, the bark of a tree, concrete, wood. There are 1,000 different textures everywhere. I trust that you'll be able to find one that you think is visually interesting. What I then want you to do is, so there are two options. You can either just take that as is or if you'd like, you could change your photos so that it's in black and white, so you really only see the structure of this texture rather than the colors which can sometimes be distracting. Once you've done that, I want you to use those forms, the forms of that texture, how that texture is created in order to create a drawing. You're going to use that texture as an inspiration, as a springboard for this final drying, and play with it. As usual, the most important thing is to have fun with it. Keep a child-like spirit as you're looking at it. Be curious and enjoy figuring out what it is about this texture that you found intriguing and how to inject it into your drawing. I hope you enjoyed this one and I can't wait to see you make in the project section. It's your last one. I think you can be super proud of having come this far 14 challenges, 14 days, 14 drawings. I'd say not just one thumbs up, but two thumbs up. You rock. Yeah. 34. Texture demo: [MUSIC] 35. The end (almost): So did you finish? Have you done them all? This is the end of the challenge dance. Congratulations. It's an emotional moment. The end of the challenge, but it's also the end of the challenge. If everything has gone well, you finished the daily drawing challenge. I hope you had a blast. Most of all, I hope that you learned a few things about yourself and about the things that you want to be doing in your own practice moving forward, and hope it's brought you to new places and that you've discovered fun things along the way. If you know anyone else who you think would love to do an art challenge, then just point them in this direction so that we can all have fun doing it together. I'd love to see what you made in the project section if you haven't shared already. So please go ahead and do that. Also, I have three other classes that I've made if you want to check those out, two of them are more creativity based, and then one of them is little bit more technical. But there's always some angle of creativity that I like to inject into my classes, even if they are more technical. I hope you check those out. If you're also wanting to connect, I'm on all the social media, I'm on Instagram, I'm on Twitter, I'm on Facebook, I'm on Patreon, which if you don't know, it's a super cool platform where we can connect in a way that is different from Instagram and Facebook, because I can share my secret projects, I can give you behind the scenes, looks into things that I'm working on, and also share sources of inspiration. So that can be a super fun thing, a super fun way to connect. I also have a YouTube channel where I post some of my public blogs, what else? I hope you like the class, if you did, I'd really appreciate it if you gave me a review and if you want to keep in touch with my next Skillshare classes, you can click on the Follow button in my profile and you'll get the news for when my new class is out. I Hope you like the challenge, I hope that you had fun and that you learned things, and that you'll keep on being the bad-ass artist that you are, and keep working at your craft. I'll see you soon and thanks again for joining in. I think that's it. I think we're done. Do you want me to give you a little bit of a liquor? Little bit a piece of inspiration? 36. Tiny takeaway: I'm going to read a little passage of the book that I have, that was given to me by a friend of mine years and years ago actually, written by David Lynch. It's all about creativity, meditation and consciousness, because apparently he does a lot of meditation. It's called Catching the Big Fish. There are a lot of little interesting ideas in this book. I just thought it would be a good way of ending this drawing challenge. Just to give a little food for thought, to keep in mind for your next drawings, or for continuing to include creativity into your life. It goes like this, "Ideas are like fish, if you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water, but if you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper. Down deep the fish are more powerful and more pure. They're huge and abstract and they're very beautiful. I look for a certain kind of fish that is important to me, one that can translate to cinema. But there are all kinds of fish swimming down there, there are fish for business, fish for sports, there are fish for everything. Everything, anything that is a thing comes up from the deepest level. Modern physics calls that level the unified field. The more your consciousness, your awareness is expanded, the deeper you go towards the source, and the bigger the fish you can catch." The thing that I liked about this, and the reason I'm sharing it with you is because when I'm asking you to do these exercises, and then ask yourself, question yourself, whether you like something, whether you don't like something, to identify what those things are, that to me is a way of going deeper. The more that you know how you resonate with what you're creating, the more you're going to be able to expand your creativity and your voice as an artist. That's something to really keep in mind that there are never any wrong questions. Questions are the best thing. That sounds really absurd when I put it that away. But, no question has ever been a stupid question. If anything, they just help you stay curious and interested in what's out there and what's in there. Please keep exploring, keep having fun with drawing and other forms of creativity. I wish you all the best and I'll see you soon.