As a freelance illustrator, I have a lot on my plate! I'm always busy with portfolio work, client projects, and even designing merchandise for my little shop. But sometimes, when I want to draw just for fun or plan some awesome stuff for my social media, things can get a bit tricky. Either I'm bursting with spontaneous ideas, or I get totally stuck and end up feeling pretty down about not doing much.
If this sounds relatable, you are in the right place. In this blog, I'm gonna spill the beans on four things that nobody really talks about when it comes to art challenges and DTIYS (Draw This In Your Style).
But before we dive in, let's dig a little deeper into the issue. Making art is totally awesome, but when it becomes your "job" it comes with a bunch of decisions to make. You have to choose shapes, draw characters, pick the perfect color palette, plan the composition, capture emotions and expressions, add fancy lettering, and throw in all those little details. Phew! No wonder sometimes we hit a creative block or feel stuck. That's where art challenges come to the rescue! They're like a super fun tool that lets you tackle these four points without any pressure holding you back. So let's dive into the benefits of art challenges and DTIYS ( Draw This In Your Style)
1. They Help In Breaking The Creative Block
To begin an artwork an illustrator has to follow a few basic steps like getting an idea, creating characters, picking a cool color palette, and planning a composition.
Art challenges already set the table for you whether they are prompt-based or character based to be drawn in your style.
2. Provide Tailored Hashtags
Art challenges come with their own special hashtags! so the struggle of picking the perfect hashtag rules out because these ones are tailored just for you. They're like little rockets that help you reach the right audience and get your artwork noticed.
3. Help In Finding Your Art Tribe
Whether you're new to the illustration world or simply looking to make meaningful connections Art challenges comes in as a very effective tool despite social media algorithm these challenges have the potential to connect you with the right people like hosts and fellow artists who are participating.
4. You Can Ace Your Social Media Planning
Art challenges usually have a specific duration and set dates, which means you can easily plan your social media calendar around them and simplify the process with this targeted strategy. With plenty of challenges happening every month, you can pick the one that suits your taste and style. The best part? Most challenges welcome artists of all types working in any medium, so everyone gets to join in on the fun! It's an extra bonus point for sure.
So for the next 3 months, I am joining "Story Teller Summer Camp". Do let me know which one are you joining.