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One Year Improvement Challenge

:star: The One Year Improvement Challenge proposes you a schedule to improve your drawing skills along a whole year. Character design, narrative, perspective, use of the color... in this little community we'll work hard and help each other to get better! Anyone can join! :heart:

:star:RULES and some important stuff:
:bulletorange:Be nice and polite. If you're not, you'll politely get kicked out :eyes:

:bulletblue:Every month you must write at least one critique on some fellow member's art. This way, everyone will get feedback. Critiques must be honest, but kind and constructive. "Man, this huge hand you drew sucks" is not constructive.

:bulletpink:No, it's not obligatory to submit every month's assignment, so it's not necessary for you to write to me saying you won't be able to submit it. It's a place for improvement, so you do this for your own good! You owe no excuses to anyone but yourself, and you're free to draw whatever you want!

:bulletpurple:And the most important one...!!! Encourage your fellow members to move on and improve!! Nobody should be disappointed if things don't go as planned, or if drawings don't look as good as we wanted... that's why we are here! :meow:

:star: Assignment going on:
June-July - Scenario! by ShamanEileen

Icon made by Live-Laugh-Tacos~


By the end of 2012, I looked at my art and wondered if I was actually improving. I had the sensation that I had neglected real practice, real hard work, never getting out of my comfort area. And that is not good. Ever since I left Comic School and I got into University I have focused on some other things, and I have forgotten about drawing as a living... and it made me really sad! So this year I proposed myself I would stick to the rules we had at Comic class, and I would plan a schedule in which every month I'd have to do something to actually improve... and decided to write a jorunal in case some of you would want to join me.
The results were so pleasant! I had no idea so many people would find the idea interesiting! :la: And this is how I ended up creating this group, the One-Year-Improvement Challenge.

This is the schedule I have in mind, although some details will be added every month, to specify every chore:

:star: January: Creation of a character. A fullbody drawing, a headshot and personality + sheet of facial expressions.

:star: February: Complete turn-around of the character + detailed head turn-around.

:star: March: Different dynamic poses + drawing hands practice.

:star: April: Interaction between characters, various people poses.

:star: May: Clothing design. Clothing in motion applied to dynamic poses.

:star: June: Design of the outside and inside of a place (scenario, perspective practice).

:star: July: Drawing of your initial character in that place.

:star: August: Age meme of your character (aging process practice). Extra: animal design.

:star: September: Narrative. Design of a script/storyboard. Extra: turning an object into a human (personification practice).

:star: October: Cleaning the storyboard and turning it into a comic (3 pages maximum).

:star: November: Color and ilumination.

:star: December: Free illustration and final valoration.

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And that's pretty much it! This is what I'd like to be doing this year to actually improve, because I really feel Ineed it,  but I accept any kind of suggestions!! :iconlazeflirtplz::heart:

Lots of love,

Shams :blowkiss:
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jadialuvsnaruhina Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
OYIC FOR 2015!!!!!!
ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You think we should? :giggle:
jadialuvsnaruhina Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
yessssssssss ;DD
BlackShadow6202 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this group still active?
ShamanEileen Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
sadly not :C
BlackShadow6202 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
D': nuu.....
InvisibleKing Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hei xd I think it would be better if you would amke a monthly journal about the month theme :]
I;know they are put in folders and first journal but I feel the group need a little more life and to remind people of these challenges xd

Is just a suggestion ^^'
ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, well, I thought about it, actually. Although I prefer the journal to show the whole schedule, since I update every month and everyone who is interested in following the challenge has the chance of reading about it.
InvisibleKing Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I think I missedd it, did you unchecked the box saying 'this is a minor update and my watchers dont have to be notified'?
ShamanEileen Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope, it's not about journals, I was talking about the submissions of every month xD
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