January 2022: Word Designs

Art Dare Prompt

  • Pick a word in any language.
  • Create a design of that word which visually conveys the meaning of the word.
  • Brainstorm and do quick sketches that show many different versions of that word.
  • We recommend doing a minimum of 6 sketches per word.

Art media

  • Use any 2D or 3D art media, anything goes!.


  • Sketch the most obvious, cliche version first to get them out of your system.
  • Many words have multiple meanings, you can have a lot of fun with those different meanings!
  • Get creative with your design, but make sure the word is still readable.

Art Dare Leap

  • Design 4 words.


Zara Leventhal, Bachir Bachchar, Daniel Carlmatz, Saul Bass, The Book of Kells, St. Albans Psalter, Earl Gee, Adam Ewing, Tobias Frere-Jones

Get started!

In the Art Prof Discord Server, we have an #art-dares channel where you can post your WIP (work in progress), and get feedback & support during the month!


Post your artwork on Instagram, tag us @art.prof  with #artprofdare. Please know that by doing this, you are automatically granting us permission to repost your art dare artworks on our Instagram account!

Submissions close on Monday, January 31 @ 11:59pm EST

We prefer submissions via Instagram, but you can also use the upload form. Please do not use the upload form if you submit via Instagram.


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.

Art Dare winner

Choose from a portfolio critique, an artist website critique, or an artist Instagram critique, or 5 months free in our Discord Voice channel.

Artists in the US can also choose to receive both Prof Lieu’s book + Cat Huang’s middle school comic, “The Comic Journal of Cathy Rox.”

Honorable Mention

Artists in the US can choose either Prof Lieu’s book, or Cat Huang’s middle school comic, “The Comic Journal of Cathy Rox.”

International artists will receive 3 months free in our Discord Voice channel.