There are tons of challenges like this out there. The latest and most tempting I’ve heard of is the #weeklyfive where you complete 5 drawings a week for 52 weeks. It’s a great challenge because you can start whenever you want and you have the freedom to do 5 in a day (if you’ve time for that) or one a day if you happen to have far too much going on in your life. (Read more about it from the artist Tatyana Vogt of LoveTeacupKisses here.)
So, I’m not necessarily trying to start something that’s amazingly original, I just wanted to set a challenge that was well-catered to myself, my personality, my needs. Something that would take my procrastination, occasional lack of imagination and severe fear of trying new things and gradually work those habits out of me.
That’s why I came up with the 100 pages, 100 drawings project (or challenge if you find that word a bit more motivational). It was originally going to be a 100-day challenge, but having started that, I realised that with my job, YouTube channel and blog, I was being a little over-ambitious. So I’ve committed to simply fill 100 pages using the prompts I’ve come up with. No time limit, but since I do try to draw something every day, I’m sure at least a few of them will be able to fit into this project.
It’s a personal challenge for myself that I think might be able to help other people too, a challenge that aims to break those cycles of creative bursts followed by droughts of creative block, by spoon-feeding ideas for the days where coming up with something to draw is totally daunting, while also giving some freedom and wiggle room for those days where the creative juices are really flowing freely and you don’t need any help with ideas, plus, at the same time helping to work on some skills through practicing things like anatomy and experimenting with different mediums.
So here’s a run down of each of the ideas for sketchbook pages. Before I start though, 28 of the drawing ideas are just ‘fill a page with whatever you want’ for the days where you already have an idea of something you want to draw and don’t want to limit yourself to fitting into the other prompts.
For this challenge, I’d like for most of my drawings to be in the same place, so I bought a lovely yellow Leuchtturm1917 sketchbook where I will do a majority of my artwork. I’ll be numbering each page to correspond with the number of the drawing prompt on the list. Since the Leuchtturm doesn’t have enough pages for the full challenge, I’ll also incorporate some of these ideas on pieces of paper or even canvas outside of my sketchbook, maybe working on a bigger scale to make the range of finished pieces even more diverse.
These prompts aim to break me out of my comfort zone while working on areas of my artwork that need practice (like backgrounds and full character design).
I hope that, even if you don’t want to do the full 100 page challenge, there are at least a few prompts on here that might help to get you out of a rut.
It was supposed to be a very simple, stripped-back ink drawing but of course I couldn’t stay away from my beloved gouache and