I want everyone, including myself, to become better artists. What makes a better artist? Is it just skill? Is it imagination? Is it the way you see and interpret things?

In my opinion it is all of the above. So I have a challenge for you that will not only help you become a better artist, it will help you develop good habits. You’ll improve, break out of plateaus and gain confidence in your abilities!

I will be doing this challenge as well, and we will all get better together. It only takes 20 minutes or less a night, and cheap supplies. No this is not a weight loss scam.

So what is it? It’s a Sketch Book Challenge (#sketchbookchallenge)

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Here’s how it will work.
1. Each night (starting today) do a 20 minute or less sketch in your sketchbook. If you don’t have a sketchbook you can just use computer paper, or any paper without lines on it.

2. Every Saturday we will have #sketchbooksaturday on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/timgagnonart where everyone can post their two best sketches they did for the week. I want to try and do this for one month so we can see how much everyone improves if they just commit to doing one 20 minute sketch a day. Some days I will challenge people to do something specific. For example I might say “Today is nose day, draw a bunch of noses in 20 minutes.”

3. What are the rules? There are no rules in art! But I do have some guidelines. Try to draw at least one face, one figure, one landscape, one living thing, and one non living thing (I don’t mean zombies). If you don’t have 20 minutes, then do one in 5 minutes. One thing I’d like to stress is to keep this as sketches, not in depth drawing. We are doing this exercise to improve our skills for when we do detailed work.

That’s it. I hope you join me in this, and join the #sketchbookchallenge and post your work on my page on #sketchbooksaturday After one month we’ll have a contest with some prizes, but you have to take part in the #sketchbookchallenge to be part of the contest.

You’ll have fun, you’ll get frustrated, you’ll question your existence, but most of all you’ll get better at drawing and painting.

Let’s get everyone to become better artists! Starting… NOW!

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