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2020 July Art Dare

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“TEXTURE CUBES”

Using any art media, create images of 10-20 textures in the shape of a cube.

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Digital Painting: Texture Cubes, Alyssa Mercado

PRIZE WINNER

Alyssa Mercado
Texture Cubes
digital

USA
@uglylightsmanifesto

“This Art Dare was an opportunity for me to explore texture through the lens of my everyday life. Besides art, earth sciences and nature are large parts of my identity. Many of the cubes resemble things I find while going on hikes and exploring nature or learned about while studying biology.

Some cubes reflect on aspects of my childhood such as saving the orange flavored candies for last and admiring the abundance of fireflies as a kid and disappointment in their absence as an adult. Other cubes are represent the countries I’ve traveled, two being the fruit native to my home country, the Philippines, and the stone lanterns I saw in Japan.

The fantasy object cubes were inspired by movies, shows, and books that influenced my creative outlook. Every cube represents a piece of my life whether it comes from me directly interacting with those objects and creature or through things I learned in school, stories told by family, or ideas expressed in the media I consume.”

HONORABLE MENTION

Tom Gilley
July Art Dare Cubes
colored pencil, pen, acrylic, food, cardboard, cotton, wire, plastic, play-doh

USA
@tomartsproject

“As a newcomer to art and the Art Prof community I was excited to participate in the July dare and become an active part of this cool group of artists. I love a good challenge and finding different ways to create a cube motivated me to ‘think outside the box.’

I have no experience nor equipment for work in digital illustration, so I went looking for other types of media to create cubes. I found that drawing the cubes and exploring how to create the essence of the subject in cube form was challenging but helped me to overcome the need to create perfect renderings.

I developed the idea that each subject has its own quintessence and by examining this for each piece I could more easily express it in cube form, either in actual 3d or 2d. And, of course, doing a Fassbender fantasy cube was my crowning achievement.”

3D Texture Cube Sculpture, Tom Gilley
3D Texture Cube Sculpture, Tom Gilley
Texture Cube Drawing, Tom Gilley
3D Texture Cube Sculpture, Tom Gilley
Texture Cube Drawing, Tom Gilley
3D Texture Cube Sculpture, Tom Gilley
Texture Cube Drawing, Tom Gilley
Texture Cube Drawing, Tom Gilley

Hyeji Kim
Texture cubes – old wood blocks, rough opal, basalt, Korean old fashioned candy, m&m’s, candy bar, beetle
digital

South Korea
@sunshinehyeji

“Digital painting itself was a challenge for me, because I was very new to it. It took so much longer to finish digital artworks than I thought it would be, but I had so much fun. I found myself enjoying painting with a digital pencil. It is amazing that I can actually create various textures with so many different tools. Now I am so into creating texture cubes. I really appreciate Art Prof team for guiding me into digital art. Thank you so much!”

Digital Painting: Texture Cubes, Hyeji Kim
Digital Painting: Texture Cubes, Cole Pepe

Cole Pepe
Texture cubes
digital

USA
@start.with.a.sketch

“I saw the prompt for July’s art dare and I immediately knew it would be a great opportunity to practice not only my ability to draw certain textures, but my skill in digital art. Digital is not my main medium so it was a lot of fun to use a medium that wasn’t so familiar to me for this challenge.

This challenge was a lot of fun and gave me lots of inspiration for future projects as well. I tried my best to come up with some original ideas for the cubes. Hope you enjoy!”

Sunny Simmons
July Art Cubes
gouache
8″ x 5.5″

USA
@sunny_art_stuff

“I feel like I’ve learned a lot from this art dare. I tried to push myself to predict what the lighting and shadows would look like on each object while not having anything to copy, only a couple references to Frankenstein together. I painted interesting objects in my room as well as other things I like the texture of but wouldn’t otherwise paint in my usual work.

The most difficult were the glowing or translucent objects and figuring out how to make it really look like light is passing through or make it really look like it glows.”

Texture Cube Painting, Sunny Simmons
Texture Cube Painting, Sunny Simmons

Julie Gillis
Texture Cubes
digital

@lamppshades

“I wanted to really take this chance to improve my digital art skills, and also practice painting texture. I thought that this would be a good opportunity to do so, and it was. I feel like I really improved on both aspects.”

Digital Painting: Texture Cubes, Julie Gillis
Gouache Painting, Charlotte Furneaux

Charlotte Furneaux
Home Textures
gouache
3.75″ x 3.5″ each

United Kingdom
@char.furn

“I enjoyed this challenge – it was difficult at times! The concept of drawing /painting from an object (that wasn’t a cube) and transferring its texture onto a cube shape created initial confusion. I had to retrain my thinking and imagine the object I was painting from was a cube! I chose objects for their colour and wanted to explore natural and man-made.

For all the cubes I used gouache paint. From touching and handling the objects helped me understand their feel and texture. I then manipulated how I used the paint and used different brush marks to try and express this. This art dare helped me develop my use of colour and mark making. If I had more time on this art dare I would have liked to explore more the use of light and shadow.”

Gouache Painting, Charlotte Furneaux
Gouache Painting, Charlotte Furneaux
Gouache Painting, Charlotte Furneaux
Gouache Painting, Charlotte Furneaux

Mad Cat
Bugs are Cool
digital

@helloitsmadcat

“I challenged myself in this dare to try more brushes I have never anything drawn any candy or bugs in my life !! This dare made me realize that I should explore the things that i can enjoy drawing During this dare I found that bugs are cool ! And it inspired me to create my first original character from a bug.”

Digital Painting: Texture Cubes

Jacqueline M.
Cheese was Candy Too
watercolour & gouache 
7.7″ x 10″

@jacq.makesthings

Anne
Life, Contained
digital

Singapore
@penannepaper

“As an artist, I gravitate toward creating work that is minimalist and ‘flat.’ I was motivated to take on the Texture Cube challenge to see if I was capable of drawing realistic textures, and to learn to draw textures I encounter in real life.

As reference objects were not always available, I decided to use well-lit reference images. I studied the images and intuitively selected brushes on Procreate (the drawing program I use) that would achieve the level of smoothness or roughness required. I found myself using a flat brush often, and pencil and an airbrush to add detail and dimension.

After spending some time away from the work each day, I often noticed something new about the texture and would have to go back to rework the piece. Most of the cubes took me several hours each.”

Digital Painting: Texture Cubes, Anne
Oil Pastel Drawing: Texture Cubes, Blue Wolf Spirit

Blue Wolf Spirit
July Art Dare – Cubes
oil pastel

USA
@loribluewolfspirit

“This was the first month that I actually completed the entire art dare, which is an accomplishment in itself. I got a little creative with the bugs (because ew) trying to avoid creepy ones and the rocks were all from real life references. The fantasy cubes came from my metaphysical and sci-fi background.”

Oil Pastel Drawing: Texture Cubes, Blue Wolf Spirit
Oil Pastel Drawing: Texture Cubes, Blue Wolf Spirit

Gustavo Wilches
Colombian Candy, Minerals and Insects
color penciled & ink

Colombia
@eeeeew_gw

“For this art dare, in all the works I wanted to show my culture and my country. So for the three weeks, I made Colombian sweets.”

Texture Cube Drawings, Gustavo Wilches
Texture Cube Drawings, Gustavo Wilches

PRIZES

Art Dare winner
Artists in the US will receive a box of mystery art supplies. International artists will get to choose from a portfolio critique, an artist website critique, or an artist Instagram critique!

Honorable Mention
Artists in the US will receive art supplies, international artists will receive 3 months free in our Discord Voice channel.

Art Supplies Art Dare Prize

Sample of art supplies for the Art Dare winner
(US residents only)
We do not specify exactly what art supplies you will receive, however, you can see a list of the art companies who provide supplies for us here.

Art Supplies

Sample of art supplies for the Honorable Mention winner
(US residents only)
We do not specify exactly what art supplies you will receive, however, you can see a list of the art companies who provide supplies for us here.

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