Skip to main content

2019 March Art Dare

“Layers of Color”

Use any media to create a drawing which has many layers of color!

Get Art Dare Notifications

Acrylic Portrait Painting, Charles Besso

Charles Besso
Acrylic on canvas
20″ x 16″

Prize Winner

Charles’ website

“The subject of my painting was inspired by a photo I took of my friend Nina years ago who I no longer see as often. Because the Art Dare was ‘layers of color,’ I wanted to experiment with using colors to create a sort of fight within the subjects skin.

I considered what Prof Lieu said in her video where she makes a crayon self portrait and does each color layer at a time. Additionally, I thought about how I wanted to use more expressive and loose brush strokes to further complement the subject’s expression and offset her rather than place her in the center of the canvas because both of these elements are often areas where artists can improve as is seen in Art Prof videos.”

Portrait Painting in Oil, Anonymous

Oil on canvas
12” x 15.5”

Honorable Mention


“My art piece was inspired by my migraines and how they leave me in a empty mental state or a void (why the blank facial expression). But also how the migraines bombard me with thoughts and emotions, hence the colors.”

Oil Pastel Portrait Drawing, Jacob Jarvis

Jacob Jarvis
oil pastel on mdf
15″ x 21″


“I’ve been spending time on portraiture especially self-portraits since I’m the only person that will sit for free and the process has been integral to getting to know my true self.

I wanted to stay true to the color layering challenge while trying to mix the colors I was seeing optically. This was a rewarding challenge and I learned so much.”

Brush Pen & Copic Marker Drawing, Julianna Lee

Julianna Lee
18″ x 24″
Copic markers & brush pens


“This piece was inspired by Henri Matisse’s still lifes, especially his use of bold colors and flat shapes. I wanted to create more of an abstract still life outside of my more realistic ones, and I also had never used Copic markers & brush pens so I wanted to explore that as well.”

I wanted to challenge the way I saw colors, so instead of just using green, I wanted to use hints of pinks, yellows, blues, etc.”

Colored Pencil Drawing, Anahita

10″ x 8″
colored pencils


Crayon Portrait Drawing, Hyeji Kim

Hyeji Kim
12″ x 16″

South Korea

“I was a little hesitant at first drawing such a big size of a self-portrait, because I had always been uncomfortable with drawing upper eyelids. However, I decided to give it a try, and follow Prof. Lieu’s tutorial “How to draw a self-portrait using a mirror with crayons” step by step.

I had so much fun layering various colors all over the face. It was a thrilling experience and I am definitely going to try more with crayons.”

Graphite & Oil Pastel Drawing, Toth

Boglarka Toth
12″ x 16.5″
graphite & oil pastels

United Kingdom

“The idea of the rooster came when I visited the local museum’s animal section. Birds are wonderful inspiration for color and pattern and in this piece I was trying to express the rich texture of the feather and how it’s many colors blend into each other.

I left the background grey and made it smooth so it would make better contrast and make the oil pastels more vibrant. The head head and the feet are stylized in order to emphasize the ‘garment.'”

Oil Pastel Drawing, Boglarka Toth

Boglarka Toth
Geometric Shapes
12″ x 16.5″
oil pastels

United Kingdom

“In this piece I was trying to concentrate on the dynamism of movement from the shoulder. I usually draw from the wrist so this adjustment enabled me to create bolder marks and my lines to curve naturally.

I was trying to use as many colors as possible to create a versatile and lively effect while trying to apply the colors mindfully to create an overall balance.”


Art teachers & Art Clubs, assign this month’s Art Dare!
One class or club will win a class pack of art supplies from Faber-Castell.

Faber-Castell logo
Art Teachers & Art Clubs: Submit

Submit Your Art for a free Live CritiquePurchase a critique or Skype consult

Support us!

© 2021 ArtProf. All rights reserved. Site Disclaimer.