General / 17 July 2021

Top 5 Art Challenges

Hi, I am Zizu / Zita Varga (@zizudraws), a Hungarian artist and graphic designer. In the past few years, I took part in different art challenges and they helped me a lot as an artist. For example improving my technic, getting inspiration, going out from an art block, experimenting with new techniques, stepping out from my comfort zone, and most of all to find many new talented artist fellows. ^^

You've probably heard about some of these challenges or you have already taken part in some of them. But chances are you feel like participating in an art challenge just not sure which one to start with, what any other to try out, or how to find these at all. I wanna share my experience with my favorite art challenges so I may give you some inspiration.

1) Character Design Challenge | #CDC #CDChallenge

These were my entries for some of the CDC's themes. Links to them: Tarot, Ghost, Fairy, Fox, LOTR, Elemental.

I think Character Design Challenge (find it on Facebook) is ideal if you want to focus on one single character at a time - or you may add a side character, pet, or mount. People usually upload beautiful illustrations and sometimes concepts as well (showing the character in multiple views, gestures, or facial expressions). 

What I like the most about this challenge is that there are plenty of great solutions to the same theme! It's so inspiring to see so many different approaches.

2) Draw This In Your Style Challenge | #dtiys

In my opinion, this challenge is very good if you don't have a particular idea in your mind and you'd rather focus on your style and the drawing process. It's also a good occasion for connecting with other artists, especially those who have the artwork you're gonna remake.  And the fact that you are basically allowed to recreate another artist's artwork is awesome.

Even, you can create your DTIYS to inspire others to recreate your artwork in their style. So what I like the most is that it's a vice versa connection and communication in a visual way. It's like giving a tribute to each other through an artwork.  

Here are the links to the three DTIYS challenges I've made, for example, if you wanna see the originals, or other details: Tiny Enchantment, Lunar Eclipse, and the rainbow girl made for #DA20thBirthday. (For the first two, I have just figured out some titles, they did not have it originally.)

3) Six Fan Arts Challenge | #sixfanarts

This is one of my favorite challenges. I love to think in series and it is just perfect for that. I also feel like, I've improved my cartoony style here a lot and placed a base for my future artworks and style.

I asked people to give me six characters I should draw. That's how I met for example Zoya and or Napstablook. I knew the rest four already and I was very glad to draw them all. I actually have an earlier blog about making these characters so if you wanna read more check it here. I loved this challenge so much that I am thinking of making new series and I already have some ideas.

4) Inktober Challenge | #inktober

I think, one of the best things about Inktober is that it's in autumn. You can get inspired by the colorful falling leaves, Halloween, the cozy vibe, and so on.

It is also a place for making experiments with technics, especially if you go for traditional tools. The most challenging thing for me was to draw a new artwork every day and then post it. I've realized that (for me) it is better to draw only sketches or make only a few pieces of artwork - as I did with the Witchtober (next challenge below).

One of the most I earned from it was that I put down some ideas that I may remake later. Here are some examples I made based on an Inktober sketch: Blue Jay, Serenity. I also made a bunch of Ghibli fan-arts.

5) Witchtober challenge | #witchtober

This series got much positive feedback that made me so delighted. ^^ I think what I've managed here is that I gave enough time to draw them so I had the place to put out a lot of feelings and deepness. Using orange-brown shades as a one-color was a great idea, it made me focus more on the lines, shapes, and lightning at the end.  Also, having a niche like "witches" made it much easier for me, than putting down random ideas. And I love witches!

These were some of my favorite challenges but there are even more. For example, Artstation has great challenges too, I also took part in one back then. Did you find this blog helpful? What other challenges would you recommend? Let me know in a comment below and thanks a lot for reading!