Sunday, 29 May 2011

No, I haven't left

I haven't been posting new challenges for the sole reason that there have been so few responses other than Oli and myself. However, I would like to inform you that I am still very much here and should you stumble upon this site, don't hesitate to submit a response to any of the existing challenges. There seem to be enough of them for now and if I see more people get involved I will add more.
Thanks and happy drawing!

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Challenge #14

The theme of this challenge is haunting. Use your imagination and interpret it any way you like.

The first submission is from Oli
The image represents an apparition that haunts the dreams of a selected host. More specifically, it is the embodiment of the second God-Stone of Rebellion, appearing in the dreams of people in Dorian, with the purpose of inciting rebellion. 

Two more from Oli, both types of Spirit Folk of Mikome, beings made of death energy instead of flesh:
On the left are Spectres, invisible spirits killing people in their sleep with a simple touch. The right image shows the Shoji, the pale blue spirits that often possess other sentient life forms.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Challenge #13

One word: Portrait.

And just to start you off:

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Challenge #12

This time, you get to play with colors. Draw a picture, but use inverted colors. You'll end up getting pink trees and blue suns. It will help your observational and color management skills and the effect will be interesting to see. This challenge spans from basic through advanced to expert, depending on the motive you choose, which will hopefully make it enjoyable for everyone. 

Yes, I am aware that you can invert any image with just one click, but where's the fun in that? Besides, I'll be able to tell if you do that.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Challenge #11

This week I want you to draw a flower. But not just any flower you can see lying around (we'll leave that for another challenge). Your flower has to be imaginary. Something unique that you've created. The emphasis of this challenge is on design. Have fun!

Here's one. Enjoy.

Oli made a few, complete with descriptions which you can find below the picture:
Valerose - A small hand sized flower. The petals are charged with Wind energy and hold a ball of pollen in the air, making it more attractive to insects. They recharge this energy during the nights with their adapted leaves. 

Nutlily - A sort of lilypad that grows atop water. They spend months growing a giant seed that resembles a type of nut, under their leaves. This is usually released when water gets too rapid. They have tiny petals atop of the leaf to help the plant reproduce. 

Relash - The Relash is a sort of large swamp plant, whose pink petals are long and wirelike, that blow in the wind and make a musical sound as the wind passes through them. The leaves are slightly barbed in self defence. 

Banya - Banya is a Mikomian crop that grows similar to corn. The long stem grows up and the fruit grows at the top. The Banya fruit is like a banana with no skin and leaves atop, and tastes like strawberries with cream. Its one of the most widely eaten Mikomian crops, huge farms selling it all over from the farmlands.

Telltail -The leaves of the telltail curl up around one massive soft seed within it. This is for protection. It takes around 5 years for the seed to truly grow, and even then the seed is rarely released as the plant is so well protected it even works against them.

Death Apple Tree -The Death Apple Tree grows of Death energy. Because of this they grow in graveyards. This is why their leaves are purple. They have deep black apple-like fruit whose red juice tastes similar to blood.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Challenge #10

For this weeks challenge, I want you to hide a two digit number in your picture. To demonstrate what I mean, I drew this little picture for you. It's something I learned when I was very young, I don't know where it originally came from.

 Can you see it?    

Your drawing can be as simple as that or as complicated as you make it. If you think it's too easy, try hiding as many numbers as you can in your picture.

This very nice bird was sent in by Mia:
Try to find the number. I'll post the solution at the end of the week.

Here it is, as promised:

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Challenge #9

For this challenge, I want your drawing to include three items. One that starts with the letter A, one that starts with the letter R and one that starts with the letter T.
Remember, you can still reply to any of the previous challenges!

Here's a crown, adorned with gems: Amethyst, Ruby and Topaz:

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Challenge #8

Wow, it's been so long since the last challenge! I've been so busy lately. Time to make up for it, I'll try to post a new challenge every week.

Ok, let's cut to the chase: This is a themed challenge and the theme is Christmas. Anything like a family dinner, a Christmas tree, a fireplace with Christmas ornaments, reindeer, snow, nativity scene, whatever you feel like. Be creative and, above all, have fun!

My contribution, a bag of goodies from Santa:

Friday, 12 November 2010


For clarity, I changed the font of all challenges to bold and brown. Any black text is related to responses and not the original challenge text.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Challenge #7

The idea for this challenge is from djkjr, as posted on the xkcd forums:
Draw your favorite song. It can be a scene described in the song, or something abstract that represents the song in your mind. Alternatively, you could do an album cover for the single.

Oli drew his view of the Japanese song Alice of Human Sacrifice. On his site, you can also find descriptions for each one. Here they are:

Submitted by Microscopic cog, this image represents the song Shatter by Tryptikon:

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Challenge #6

The name of the new challenge is: Food Chain

You can pretty much draw anything that fits the title, but the idea was to draw something eating/about to eat/wanting to eat something else. Whether it be real or imaginary, whether it's an animal or a plant or a Pacman ghost. Be creative.

Okay, here's Oli's take on it:
The animals are from a world he created ( Luckily the mouse-looking thing (which I'm told is called a meese), escapes unharmed.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Challenge #5

I'd like to see how you draw the sun. It something we've all done as kids and usually it was just a plain old yellow circle. 
Sometimes, we'd even add sunrays, at least I did.

And in the textbooks, they always made the sun smile.
With computers, now we can make the sunrays transparent:
My favourite, though, is this one:
What's yours?

Here's a submission from Oli (

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Challenge #4

It's been a while so I thought I'd post a new challenge, but, of course, you can still reply to all the previous ones. Just send your image (or a link to an image that you uploaded elsewhere) to Do not send anyone else's images, unless you have that person's permission to do so. All the images on this site belong to their authors and any unauthorised use is prohibited.

So now that I got that out of the way, here's your challenge: They say you can't go wrong with a nice picture. What about an ice picture? That's right, the theme of this challenge is ice. Have fun!

Placeholder. Until I get around to drawing more photorealistic ice, here's a doodle I did on iSketch. (And I don't mean to imply that your pictures should be photorealistic, I'm just setting a goal for myself.)

Okay, now that my tablet is working again, I finally got around to drawing my first ice cube. This is what came out:
I'd say not bad for a first attempt, but it's not quite photorealistic. Maybe I'll give it another try. 
Oh yeah, I'm supposed to remove that walrus now that I did this. But, y'know, It's grown on me, so I think I'll keep it, at least until gets too crowded here.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Challenge #3

This will be a tougher one, in case you thought the others were too easy.
I want you to draw a scene from your favorite book. And be so kind as to tell us what the book is, as well. Unless you want people guessing. ;)

Ok, that's all for today. And remember to send in challenge ideas as well as replies. Also, be brave. I'll write your name next to your drawing, but if you want, I'll keep in anonymous. That way you can send even those drawings you're not sure about.

I thought I'd take a shot at it, so here's a pretty crude sketch of a scene from the book Rama II, by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee. I'm not sure how many people are supposed to be in the picture, since it's been a long time since I read it, but two seemed fitting:

Challenge #2

Just to get you started, I'll post three challenges today, so you have something to pick from. Also, if enough people get involved, I'll start putting deadlines on the challenges and then pick a winner, but for now, let's just take it slow.
Ok, challenge #2. Make a drawing using two contrasting colors, but not black and white.

The first image is submitted by Oli Smith (

The second one is mine: 

Challenge #1

Ok, this is your first challenge and I'll make it an easy one. Draw a picture that contains these items:
- a bird
- a tree
- another plant that isn't a tree
- water in any form

E-mail your responses to:

Here is the first response, by Oli Smith:
You can see more of his artwork at