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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!

Original Tumblr Post
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smolseha Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2018  Hobbyist
the character generater doesnt work. can i use any other generater??
moonraven373 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018
This looks terrifying and fun.  And scary... I need to do this.
tanitak Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Completed. ... honestly didn't think that it would help this much.
DragobladeArc Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2017  Student General Artist
starting my 30 days
Akechi-kun Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Well then, I guess it's time to start... 
DerezzedDragon Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This Sounds awesome! I have a group here called :iconcreativefitnessclub: were we are trying to do challenges like this to help us improve and make sure we draw everyday. I was wondering if I could post a link to this and suggest it as an option for one of our upcoming challenges?
AbelPhee Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
sure thing :)
Galax-Verse Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017
I need to get better so I'll do this ;0;
Usachan26 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
i love how most of the comments are positive and people motivating themselves :) (Smile) 
NejiShadow Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The charatcer generator is broken, but someone in the comments below linked to one that can be used! 
Keep trucking challengers, you can make it!
Sinswolf999 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Time to draw hands twenty times..
xTH3Mx Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The link to the character generator doesn't exist anymore. :(
Alextrosaurus Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
x20? @.@
ariieve Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
you can do it! it isnt as hard as you would think. :)
RZ-desu Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I'm starting this today!!! Hopefully I don't chicken out. I'm planning on making speedpaints of each day so i can motivate myself to start making videos for youtube again
Vermillion-Nuanced Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
and to be extra extreme
I'm putting a 1 hour timer on each 
and doing a FULL piece (lineart, coloring, shading)
TheCacklingCat Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
WHOOP WHOOP time for hell
blogybo Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Student General Artist
*character generator link doesn't work ;w;
Gabiimona Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You could use this character generator that my friend found! >v< (…)
blogybo Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Student General Artist
thanks <3
Gabiimona Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
BlankFreak Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016  Student General Artist
I gonna do this! (throw open door and shout :"mom? Please call 911 at the end of this month!")XD
Lishao Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016
This actually sounds like a good and productive collectivistic challenge where everyone wins. Good luck and I hope you all reach your personal goals of improvement.
WatchforHawkins Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm doing this!
nomiru Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Hobbyist
time to quit being lazy and do this ( `A')9!!
R7Colbert Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016
Well!!Time to put that eraser out of its misery.(till there's nothing left of it
Zynethyst Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
may do this
iPoobie Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally going to do this
GhastlyHypnosis Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welp time to kick my ass and do this 
ciinidoodle Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016
Whoop time for hell
Samantha-dragon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist
just note, link to character generator doesn't work
KyroseBates Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Student General Artist
I should do this. "Should" hahah
AngelComeHome Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
i'll try to get off my lazy butt and do this.
TheBlue-Light Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The character generator doesn't work.
sushii-trxsh Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016  Student Digital Artist
doing this
TamedBear Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist


(Gonna do this when I get home from vacay
TheAcademyGhost Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Kinda hard but I should do this.
Elixere Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
SentientStarstuff Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is frickin awesome, I'm definitely doin' this.
MasterBudderLover Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
CringePrince Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
trying this X3
CURI0USC0LLIN Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
im gonna do this
Yurii-Hinariko Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I'm definitely going to do this eventually X3 Seems pretty hard but fun too
Giuuliana Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is exactly what I was looking for, I'm starting today! Thank you ^^
n0-username Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
so is a 30 day challenge like were u upload a different picture everyday for 30 days?
CringePrince Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
valued-vestige Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is awesome! I'm definitely doing this when I can! :D 
kiniBee Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Professional General Artist
Doing this as soon as finals are over
Kallikonee Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
(or load your illegally download movies) lol
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