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2020 May Art Dare

“ART PROF & CHILL”

Sketch in any art media while you watch any movie or TV show!
As you watch, pause once in a while, and sketch from that still. Continue watching, and repeat until you have a page full of quick sketches. For inspiration, watch Prof Lieu draw live in the video above.

Optional: follow a life drawing class format by starting with 2 min. sketches, followed by 5 min. sketches, 10 min. sketches and ending with a 15 or 20 min. sketch.

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Hiba Belkadi,
pencils, micron pens, markers
7.5″ x 5.5″

Morocco
@hiba.bkd

“I had only done gesture drawings in pencil before, and that is what I started with for the first 5 drawings of this art dare. Then I decided I wanted to try something different. I knew I wanted to watch Better Call Saul. The directing and lighting in the series are great and the characters are interesting and varied.

For these reasons, I thought the show would be ideal for this art dare. So I decided to work on it for a week, do 10 drawings per day, and try different media every day. I tried everything I had: pencil, micron pens, markers, sanguine, leather dye, ink, and soft pastel. With each, I could explore different things like tone, color, texture, etc.”

Hiba Belkadi
Hiba Belkadi
Hiba Belkadi
Hiba Belkadi
Hiba Belkadi
Hiba Belkadi
Hiba Belkadi
Hiba Belkadi
Hiba Belkadi
Hiba Belkadi
Hiba Belkadi
Hiba Belkadi
Hiba Belkadi
Hiba Belkadi
Hiba Belkadi
Hiba Belkadi
Hiba Belkadi
Hiba Belkadi
Andrea Giselle Yunes

Andrea Giselle Yunes
People from the screen
pencil
8″ x 6.3″

Argentina
@angiegyok

“I’m studying to be an art teacher. With this pandemic that we are currently living, I dare myself to complete my notebook, it generally takes me longer to finish it. I have never tried an art prof dare before, but I’m glad I did. It was the perfect challenge because I am at home most of the time now just watching series, movies, live videos or YouTube videos, so I try to draw while watching at least once a day.

I love to draw, but I know I don’t do it as often as I like. I like to try new art mediums when i can. I tried oil for the first time last year. I love working with colored pencils. Now I’m a bit obsessed with oil pastels. I know I have a lot to learn yet.”

Andrea Giselle Yunes
Andrea Giselle Yunes
Andrea Giselle Yunes
Andrea Giselle Yunes
Andrea Giselle Yunes
Andrea Giselle Yunes
Andrea Giselle Yunes

Lizette Dörr
Gordon Ramsey in India, New Zealand and Peru
24″ × 33″

Germany
@lizdoerr

Lizette Dorr
Lizette Dörr
Lizette Dörr
Lizette Dörr
Lizette Dörr
Lizette Dörr
Lizette Dörr

Kathleen Meyer
Gesture Drawings from TV shows
color pencil, marker, chalk pastel, charcoal
8.3″ × 11.7″

United Kingdom
@kathleenilee

“For my first ever Art prof Art Dare I got extremely invested and ended up creating over 50 pieces. I started off the May Art Dare with my go-to sketching material, color pencil. Although the colors where very pretty, my drawings were also very stiff, and I feel I failed in capturing the very colorful personalities of ‘Tiger King’. This motivated to explore different mediums moving forward, and hopefully learn to capture gesture along the way.
For ‘Sherlock’ I worked with cheap markers that got me to commit to my lines. By the time I got to ‘The Twilight Zone’ I began to feel like I knew how to tackle gesture and emotion much better, the black and white of the charcoal also kept it more focused and raw.”

Kathleen Meyer
Kathleen Meyer
Kathleen Meyer
Kathleen Meyer
Kathleen Meyer
Kathleen Meyer
Kathleen Meyer
Kathleen Meyer
Kathleen Meyer
Kathleen Meyer
Kathleen Meyer
Kathleen Meyer
Kathleen Meyer

Annabelle Finch
Gesture Drawings from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
charcoal on newsprint
11″ x 17″

United Kingdom
@pigeon_scratch_art

“I took part in this art dare because just before lockdown, I had started life drawing classes and was desperately missing them. I became ill with suspected COVID-19 just as I was supposed to finish my degree, and it took a very long time to recover fully.

Amongst this, and trying to finish my coursework, I didn’t have much time to do things I loved. This art dare was the perfect quick and easy challenge to get me drawing, even for a bit, combining my chilled TV time and my art practice time! So really, my motivation was- drawing just to draw.”

Andrea Gilles Yunes
Annabelle Finch
Andrea Gilles Yunes
Andrea Gilles Yunes
Andrea Gilles Yunes

Emmie Strang 
colored pencil
8.5″ x 5.5″

USA
@mangoellk

“At the beginning of May, I had just finished my first portfolio for an art class and my junior year of high school came to end. I wanted to give my mind a rest while improving my art skills at the same time. When I heard about the May Art Dare, I knew I wanted to try it so I could get over my fear of drawing people.
I chose to complete it by watching a show I had been looking forward to, called The Great. While watching the show, I made sure to pause every now and then to do a quick drawing, and make sure I drew all the important characters at least once. I loved capturing the flamboyant costumes, hair, and emotions of the characters. This was my first art dare and definitely not my last.”

Emmie Strang
Emmie Strang
Emmie Strang
Emmie Strang
Emmie Strang
Emmie Strang
Emmie Strang
Emmie Strang

Sean Southerland-Kirby
Great British Bakeoff and Sherlock Quick Sketches
pencil
8″ x 11″

UK
@unclefrogface

“The Great British Bakeoff and Sherlock are 2 of my favourite shows. This was a good excuse to grab a chunky 5.6mm graphite and lead holder and work loosely and quickly to try to capture something that reads well. It’s now becoming one of my standard warm ups. Thanks Clara :)”

Sean Southerland-Kirby
Sean Southerland-Kirby
Sean Southerland-Kirby
Sean Southerland-Kirby
Sean Southerland-Kirby
Sean Southerland-Kirby
Sean Southerland-Kirby
Sean Southerland-Kirby
Sean Southerland-Kirby
Sean Southerland-Kirby
Sean Southerland-Kirby
Sean Southerland-Kirby

Shabnam Nikkhoo
May Art Dare
oil pastel, ink, brush pen
8″ x 10″

China
@eating_the_world_out

“Trying different medium and subjects are expanding my experiences and I value them since I see constant progress. It is wonderful that I do not intentionally focus on making progress but through every work, something changes and I notice the change when a month or so is passed. I am sharing the sketches from May Art Dare (9 sketches) which I did on my own or drew along with Professor Lieu in live streams.

I’m also excited to share with you the last sketch I have done from a movie scene yesterday just to show you the difference in my works. It’s in oil pastel and on A3 paper and I didn’t spend more time on it than the other sketches. I feel that the best works (even when they are only sketches), are done when I give it all to the moment of drawing and I am not thinking about anything, not even if the drawing is going well or not.

During this Art Dare, I learned to cherish my experiences in drawing sketches because baby steps happen over time and it is only through looking back at these sketches that I can trace the path I am taking and choosing. (I only chose two scenes from Tiger King, where a tiger was showing interest in the tiger king’s shoes and he was hitting the tiger with his stick. these two scenes summarize the whole show for me in a way, so I only drew them)”

Shabnam Nikkhoo
Shabnam Nikkhoo
Shabnam Nikkhoo
Shabnam Nikkhoo
Shabnam Nikkhoo
Shabnam Nikkhoo
Shabnam Nikkhoo
Shabnam Nikkhoo
Shabnam Nikkhoo
Shabnam Nikkhoo

Kristin Steinfurth
Twilight Zone: The Masks
pencil, watercolor
4″ x 6″ 

Germany
@kristinsteinfurth

I was sketching some stuff, while listening to YouTube videos, one of them was ‘Art Professor Demos Ink Drawing: The Twilight Zone’, so I just sketched along. I thought it was a nice opportunity to draw different stuff from what I usually do. I started with graphite pencils, as I had used them before I started the video, but changed to watercolors because they are more similar to ink. It was an interesting experience to draw with a time limit and focus on the most important things, as well as being bold with putting color on the paper.”

Kristin Steinfurth
Kristin Steinfurth
Kristin Steinfurth

Kat Briggs
Untitled
pencil, micron, lepen
5.5” x 8″ 

USA
@k.briggs.art

It was fun to break out of my comfort zone in a lot of ways with my first Art Prof challenge. While drawing, I watched Tiger King, Tales from the Loop, Top Chef, and Queer Eye, and I kept to 2, 5, and 10-minute drawings. I started in pencil, then fell in love with the new quality of my old, nearly dried-out pens. Sometimes the thicker lines came by accident. I looked for textures or some movement in the characters to add directional lines, too. I let some of them resemble more of an etching. The process required me to work decisively and keep responding, which challenged me. I continued these drawings in a handheld, gridded notebook and some in watercolor paper to add paint to later.

Kat Briggs
Kat Briggs
Kat Briggs

Kasia Scalise-Rowinska
colored pencil, pitt artist pens, tricolor pencil

Austria

I am 36, self-taught, on and off with sketching and drawing for a couple of years. I studied all different things and work as a translator but art was always my life passion and goal. I always loved to capture quick poses in line sketches. Because of May Art Dare I finally made progress: I practiced regularly with really fast sketches, tried different mediums and value sketches and challenged myself to capture emotions, mixed feelings and dance-like movements of the cooking show participants. I am happy I was able to overcome the total lack of time (1 year old at home) and meet the deadlines!

Kat
Kat
Kat
Kat
Kat

PRIZE GUIDELINES

We award prizes and honorable mentions.To be eligible for a prize, your artwork must be an original artwork created specifically for this Art Dare, and follow all guidelines.

PRIZES

Art Dare winner
Artists in the US will receive a giant box of 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

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.

Caran d'Ache Crayons, General Charcoal Pack

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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