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The Benefits of Art Challenges

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I have been invited to participate in the Month of Love drawing challenge for February. It has a great line up of artists and I’m honoured to be a part of it. The Month of Love challenge began as a daily drawing challenge but has since then changed to a weekly, it’s just a little easier on the otherwise busy schedule of many working artists.

I should mention you do not have to be invited to the blog though to participate. You can draw along with the challenges and post them on your twitter and Facebook.


Drawing challenges are worth your time

The great thing about drawing challenges is they can force you out of your comfort zone and get you to push your work further. I find this is particularly true for daily challenges as long as you can commit to it, if not weekly is also good. Practice is an essential part of becoming a good artist and doing challenges forces you to do just that; practice.

Another benefit of these challenges is the communities that form around them. It can be lonely working as an artist so making friends with others who share your passion can do a long way towards encouraging you and keep you a little more sane. Not to mention some of these challenges will expose you to very helpful and useful feedback on your artwork, that will further help you grow as an artist.

There are quite a few of these you can participate in across the internet. To mention a few you can check out there are:

Thank you for reading, I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you know of other drawing challenges you’d like to recommend, please leave a comment.

Kiri Østergaard Leonard

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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